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Deadly Fungus Cause Of Frog Declines In The Andes
2013-12-13 07:25:23

San Francisco State University Amphibians at high elevations can tolerate temperature changes, but susceptible to deadly fungus A deadly fungus, and not climate change as is widely believed, is the primary culprit behind the rapid decline of frog populations in the Andes mountains, according to a new study published today in the journal Conservation Biology. Frogs living at higher elevations can tolerate increasing temperatures, researchers found, but their habitats fall within the...

Closest Relatives Of Papaya Are Four Species From Mexico And Guatemala
2013-11-20 10:43:24

Pensoft Publishers For many decades, researchers thought the closest relatives of papaya were certain trees from the Andes, the so-called highland papayas. A study employing DNA sequences from all species of the papaya family instead revealed that the closest relatives of papaya are three herbaceous species and a small tree with stinging hairs occurring from Mexico to Guatemala and El Salvador. The stingy-haired tree in fact is only known from cloud forests in the Sierra de Juarez in...

Crown Of Venezuelan Paramos
2013-11-07 12:12:10

Pensoft Publishers A joint research led by the Smithsonian Institution (US), Saint Louis University (US) and Universidad de Los Andes (Venezuela) resulted in the discovery of an exciting new species from the daisy family. The two expeditions in the paramos high up in the Venezuelan Andes were crowned by the discovery of the beautiful and extraordinary, Coespeletia palustris. The study was published in the open access journal Phytokeys. The species of the genus Coespeletia are typical...

Distinctive Genetic Ancestries Found In Uros People Of Peru And Bolivia
2013-09-13 11:13:31

National Geographic Society Genographic project research shows ancestry may date to Altiplano's initial settlement RESEARCH CONCLUSIONS: New genetic research led by the Genographic Project consortium shows a distinctive ancestry for the Uros populations of Peru and Bolivia that predates the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores and may date back to the earliest settlement of the Altiplano, or high plain, of the central Andes some 3,700 years ago. Despite the fact that the Uros today...

2013-06-20 23:27:01

Santiago day trips offered by Chile Montaña this winter season include backcountry skiing in Chile, guided skiing at Chilean ski resorts, rock climbing in Santiago, and trekking adventures in Cerro La Campana National Park. Santiago, Chile (PRWEB) June 20, 2013 With the winter season having begun in Santiago, Chile, Chile Montaña has put together their winter season Santiago day trips schedule. Offering a wide variety of outdoor adventure day trips in and around Santiago this...

New Scorpion Species Found In Andes
2013-06-05 15:35:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The new species Tityus (Atreus) crassicauda is described as having a reddish-brown coloration with three longitudinal brown stripes separated by yellow patches. Classified as medium sized, the scorpion averages about 2 inches in length. In the Ecuadorian winter of 2012, researchers collected scorpions from mountains within the country´s Andean region. A male and female from those collections were determined to be a new species...

2013-05-03 23:22:55

TRIC Tools' Pipe Bursting Manufacturing Field Team provides Training Certification to Andes Construction in Northern California's Oakland Hills. Alameda, CA (PRWEB) May 03, 2013 TRIC Tools, Inc., a California-based Pipe Bursting Manufacturing and Trenchless Technology company, sold its first Mainline Pipe Bursting system to Andes Construction in September 2005. Andes, of Oakland California, followed up on its commitment to TRIC's products on April 26, 2013, with the purchase of the X30, one...

Dramatic Glacial Melting In Andes Blamed On Climate Change
2013-01-22 13:47:37

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Only four months ago and a continent away, researchers were looking into the varying degrees of ice accumulation and ablation within the Himalayan glacial system. In that report, published by the National Research Council (NRC), the team concluded that glacial melt could pose significant issues for the native populations that depend on the water runoff from these glaciers for their day-to-day lives. An international team of...

Fossilized Teeth Point To World’s Oldest Grasslands In Chilean Andes
2012-07-25 05:14:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two newly discovered and ancient rodent species, including the earliest known chinchilla, may have lived in the world´s oldest grasslands about 32.5 million years ago. The discovery and subsequent analysis of the teeth by an international team of researchers, which was published in the journal American Museum Novitates, supports previously collected evidence indicating that these animals once inhabited an open and dry environment...

2012-04-19 10:37:42

The Andean Amazon is becoming a major frontier for new hydroelectric dams, but an analysis of the potential impacts of these planned projects suggests that there may be serious ecological concerns to take into account. The full report is published Apr. 18 in the open access journal PloS ONE. The study, led by Matt Finer of the Center for Intenrational Environmental Law in Washington, D.C., analyzes the full portfolio of 150 planned dams across all six major river basins connecting the...


Latest Andes Reference Libraries

Yellow-Tailed Woolly Monkey, Oreonax flavicauda
2014-04-10 14:40:56

The Yellow-Tailed Woolly Monkey (Oreonax flavicauda) is a New World monkey that is native to Peru. It is a rare primate species that is found only in the Peruvian Andes, in the departments of Amaxonas and San Martin, along with the bordering areas of La Libertad, Huanuco, and Loreto. This woolly monkey was, at first, under the Lagothrix genera with other woolly monkeys, but because of debatable primary sources, they have been placed under the Oreonax genera. This genus has been suggested to...

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2012-06-14 11:00:33

Symbol: RUGL5 Group: Dicot Family: Rosaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Forb/herb Subshrub Native Status: HI    I Distribution: RubusglaucusBenth. distribution:USA(HI) Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division   Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants Class   Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons...

Mountain Tapir, Tapirus pinchaque
2012-05-09 11:44:29

The mountain tapir (Tapirus pinchaque), also known as the wooly tapir, is one of four species of tapir. This tapir is named after a mythical creature, called “La Pinchaque” that is thought to live in the same areas as the mountain tapir. The range of this tapir is small, including the páramo and cloud forest areas in the Eastern and Central Cordilleras mountains in Colombia, Ecuador, and the far north of Peru. It prefers to live at high elevations between 6,600 and 14,100 feet, therefore...

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2007-10-22 10:42:28

The vicuña (Vicugna vicugna), is a camelid species native to South America. They are most commonly found in Bolivia, Peru, Chile, and northwest Argentina. Peru has the largest number. Bolivia has great number of wild vicuñas in the Southwestern side of the country. It lives in the high alpine regions of the Andes. Vicuñas live in the grass lands and plains in the mountain regions at an altitude of 4,000 to 5,500 meters (13000 to 18000 feet). The vicuña is considered more...

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2007-01-22 15:01:55

Colombian Weasel (Mustela felipei) is a species of weasel from South America, especially Colombia, but some specimens have been found in northern Ecuador. It is a carnivore, sometimes attacking domestic animals like chickens. Because of that is often killed by the farmers. It is also killed because the weasels are associated to local superstitions. The population appears to be in severe decline. It has been labeled as a species in critical danger by the Colombian government, but it has...

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'