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Greater Short-nosed Fruit Bat Cynopterus sphinx
2012-08-10 11:01:08

The greater short-nosed fruit bat (Cynopterus sphinx), also known as the short-nosed Indian fruit bat, is a megabat that is native to southeastern and southern areas of Asia. Its range includes Pakistan, India, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, China, and Cambodia, among other areas. It prefers to reside in tropical habitats, where humans grow fruit as crops, but it will live in mangrove forests and...

Arabian Tahr Arabitragus jayakari
2012-08-08 13:24:30

The Arabian tahr (Arabitragus jayakari) is a species of ungulate that is related to wild goats. This tahr is native to Arabia, residing in the Sultanate of Oman and in the Hajar Mountains located in United Arab Emirates. It can be found at elevations of up to 5,905 feet within its range. The Arabian tahr was first given the name Hemitragus jayakari, after it was described from specimens...

Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca
2012-01-12 23:11:03

The Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) is a medium-sized species of diving duck found in Eurasia. Its breeding habitat is marshland and lakes with water depth of at least 3-4 feet. It breeds in southern and eastern Europe and southern and western Asia. It is somewhat migratory, and winters farther south into north Africa. It is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of...

Conchoraptor
2009-08-20 13:01:10

Conchoraptor, meaning "conch thief", is a genus of oviraptorid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period of what is now Asia. Its name is taken from the idea that oviraptoran dinosaurs may have been specialized at feeding on mollusks. It was first discovered in the Nemegt Formation in the 1970s. It was first believed to be a juvenile Oviraptor and that the missing crest would have begun to grow...

Palearctic Ecozone
2009-07-01 13:55:01

The Palearctic or Palaearctic is one of Earth's eight ecozones. This region is the largest ecozone on Earth. It includes the regions of Europe, Asia (north of the Himalayan foothills), northern Africa, and the northern and central regions of the Arabian Peninsula. The Palearctic includes mostly boreal forest and temperate climate regions, which are found throughout Eurasia from western Europe...

Fishing Spider
2009-06-26 17:54:54

The Fishing Spider (Thalassius albocinctus) is a species of arachnid found in tropical Asia from India to the Philippines. It gets its name from the habit it has of catching small fish. It is found near water. This spider is easily identifiable by the presence of a black, glossy, broad band and white lateral band that runs along the cephalothorax (conjoined head and thorax) and abdomen. It...

Boxwood Buxacae
2009-04-28 16:14:01

Buxus sempervirens or Boxwood is indigenous to western and southern Europe, northwest Africa and southwest Asia. This small slender evergreen tree grows from 3 - 30 feet in height with a narrow trunk reaching less than 8 inches in diameter. Yellowish green oval shaped leaves grow from just over half an inch to just under one and a quarter inches in length and less than half an inch wide....

Flame of the Forest Butea monosperma
2009-04-28 16:08:40

Butea monosperma, Flame of the Forest or Parrot Tree is indigenous to tropical areas of southern Asia. This deciduous tree grows to nearly 50 feet in height with leaves that feature 3 smaller leaflets that are approximately 4 - 8 inches in length growing symetrically along a center stem that is approximately 3 - 6 inches long. Small colorful reddish orange flowers less than an inch long,...

Orchid Tree Bauhinia variegate
2009-04-23 11:25:46

The Orchid Tree (Bauhinia variegate) or Mountain-ebony, is a species of flowering plant native to southeastern Asia, from southern China to west India. It is categorized in the family Fabaceae. The small to medium-sized tree reaches heights between 10 to 12 yards and is deciduous in the dry season. The rounded leaves are double-lobed at the base and apex, and reach lengths and widths...

Dwarf White Bauhinia Bauhinia acuminata
2009-04-23 11:23:00

The Dwarf White Bauhinia (Bauhinia acuminata), also commonly known as the White Orchid-tree and Snowy Orchid-tree, is a native species of flowering shrub in the tropical southeastern Asia. It is hard to pinpoint the exact native range due to extensive cultivation, but it is believed to be from Malaysia, Indonesian islands, and the Philippines. Similar to other Bauhinia species, the leaves...

Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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