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2014-07-17 16:41:04

PLOS 16-year study suggests Azore islands may play increasing role in whale shark habitat At the fringe of the whale shark range, the volcanic Azore islands may play an increasing role for the north Atlantic population as sea surface temperatures rise, according to a study published July 16, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Pedro Afonso from University of the Azores and colleagues. Whale sharks prefer tropical waters in the range of 26-30º C, but studies have shown that...

Europe's Rarest Orchid Rediscovered On The Azores
2013-12-10 09:54:40

PeerJ Researchers studying speciation of butterfly orchids on the Azores have been startled to discover that the answer to a long-debated question "Do the islands support one species or two species?" is actually "three species." Hochstetter's Butterfly-orchid, newly recognized following application of a battery of scientific techniques and reveling in a complex taxonomic history worthy of Sherlock Holmes, is arguably Europe's rarest orchid species. Under threat in its mountain-top...

Genes Underlying Song Selection May Have Been Lost In Transit
2013-09-26 12:08:45

Duke University As one species of European songbird island-hopped to colonize mid-Atlantic archipelagoes over the course of a half million years, their songs lost their sense of syntax. Chaffinches (Fringilla coelebs) on the furthest island of their dispersal, Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, still sing the same notes, but with a much less structured pattern from one bird to the next, sort of like an island of Charlie Parkers. "A chaffinch from mainland Europe always sounds like a...

2008-06-19 09:00:42

Air Berlin has announced that it will launch non-stop flights to the Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, for the first time starting with the 2008-09 winter schedule. The airline said that a weekly flight to the Azores will take off every Monday via Nuremberg, Germany, from November 3, 2008 onwards. Feeder flights to Nuremberg are available from 12 German cities and also from Vienna, Austria.


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Azores noctule, Nyctalus azoreum
2013-09-18 15:49:27

This species is a red listed endangered species. The Azores noctule bat lives in the dry forests of the Portugal islands known as the Azores. The endangerment of this species is directly connected to the loss of their habitat caused my human growth. The three primary habitats are haollow trees, caves, and buildings. The Azores noctule bat is a subspecies to the lesser noctule and the genetic differences are very minimal. The Azores bat is smaller in weight as well as length. The Azores also...

Lesser Noctule, Nyctalus leisleri
2012-07-28 10:25:12

The lesser noctule (Nyctalus leisleri) is a vesper bat that is native to throughout Europe and western Asia, with a range that extends as far as the Himalayas and the Urals. Its range also includes the Canary Islands, northwest Africa, and Madeira. In Azores, it is thought that the populations there are a separate species called Azores Noctule. It can be found in habitats including coniferous forests, deciduous forests, and occasionally human areas and abandoned buildings. It is considered...

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2008-05-20 22:15:52

The Azores Cattle Dog, also known as the Cão Fila de São Miguel or São Miguel Cattle Dog originated on the largest island in the Azores, São Miguel. It was recognized in 1995. The breed is medium-sized and muscular, with a strong jaw. Its tail is usually docked extremely short and its ears are cut round. The Azores Cattle Dog is a descendent of the Terceira, an extinct breed. It was bred to work cattle, but it can tend toward aggressive behavior. Photo Copyright and...

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'