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Annachlamys Flabellata
2013-04-16 21:07:45

Annachlamys flabellata is a species of scallop, a marine bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Pectinidae. It can be found in the sublittoral zone of the continental shelf north of Australia. This species has the potential to grow between 2.4 and 3.9 inches in length. The shell is inequitable and moderately compressed. The valve on the right is more inflated and is less convex than the...

Australia
2013-02-18 13:27:43

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country involving the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and a number of smaller islands. It’s the world’s sixth-largest country regarding to total area. Some of the neighboring countries include East Timor, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Vanuatu to the...

Banded Hare-wallaby Lagostrophus fasciatus
2013-01-18 12:32:02

Image Caption: Banded Hare-wallaby. Credit: John Gould, F.R.S., Mammals of Australia, Vol. II Plate 60, London, 1863 / Wikipedia The banded hare-wallaby (Lagostrophus fasciatus), also known as a mernine, is a marsupial that can natively be found on the islands of Dorre and Bernier, off the coast of Western Australia. One small population has been introduced onto Faure Island, which appears...

Hardhead Aythya australis
2013-01-02 11:55:50

The Hardhead (aythya australis), also known as the White-eyed Duck is the only true diving duck found in Australia. Hardheads are familiar in the south-east of Australia, especially in the Murray-Darling Basin, but also in the wetter country near the coasts. They are somewhat drifting in normal years, but disperse widely in times of drought. Significant numbers reach as far afield as New...

Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris
2012-10-29 15:22:28

A long-legged wading bird, The Great Knot, is the largest of the calidrid species. They breed in the tundra of North Siberia, and migrate strongly in the winter to the coasts of Southern Asia through Australia, traveling in very large flocks. They lay about four eggs on the ground in a ground scrape. Great Knots migrate over long distances and use a limited number of staging sites during its...

Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby Petrogale penicillata
2012-10-27 16:49:18

The brush-tailed rock wallaby (Petrogale penicillata), also known as the small-eared rock wallaby, is a marsupial that is native to Australia. Its range includes The Great Dividing Range, where it is locally common in northern New South Wales and southern areas of Queensland. In the southern and eastern areas of its range, it is becoming less common. This species prefers a habitat within rocky...

Black-flanked Rock Wallaby Petrogale lateralis
2012-10-27 16:36:45

The black-flanked rock wallaby (Petrogale lateralis) is a marsupial that is native to Australia. Its other common names include the warru and the black-footed rock wallaby.  Its range includes western, southern, and central areas of Australia, along with some islands close to the continent. Its populations are scattered across this range. It prefers a habitat within rocky areas with many types...

Allothereua maculata
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Allothereua maculata, found in Australia, is also known by its common name, the house centipede. This common name is also attributed to other species elsewhere. A. maculata has a body that is approximately 0.8 – 1.0 inches in length and is comprised of 15 segments and 15 pairs of long legs. One pair of antennae are located on its head. There is also a single long pair of caudal...

Dromedary Camel Camelus dromedarius
2012-08-24 14:19:35

The dromedary camel (Camelus dromedarius), also known as the Arabian camel, is a completely domesticated species that appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Domesticated”. It is thought that when wild, its native range was mainly in the Arabian Peninsula. It can now be found in South Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. The only dromedary camels that display wild...

Sawfish Anoxypristis
2012-08-17 06:50:56

The sawfish is the common name for a family of rays, called Pristidae, containing seven species within two genera. Also known as the carpenter shark, it is not related to the similar looking sawshark. Sawfish prefer to live in the tropical or subtropical regions of the Indo-Pacific and Atlantic. Its largest populations are found in Australia and in Florida. This species can be found living near...

Word of the Day
dingle
  • A small wooded valley; a dell.
  • The protecting weather-shed built around the entrance to a house.
  • The roofed-over space between the kitchen and the sleeping-quarters in a logging-camp, commonly used as a storeroom.
The word 'dingle' comes from Middle English dell, hollow.
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