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Mediterranean Black Widow Latrodectus tredecimguttatus
2013-10-09 12:38:45

The Mediterranean Black Widow (Latrodectus tredecimguttatus), known also as the Steppe Spider, is a species of widow spiders within the genus Latrodectus. It is commonly found throughout the Mediterranean region, ranging from Portugal to southwest and central Asia. Specimens from central Asia are also known by the binomial name Latrodectus lugubris; that name, however, is considered out of...

Kazakh Steppe
2013-04-18 23:05:43

The Kazakh Steppe, alternatively called Kirghiz Steppe, ecoregion located in the Palearctic Temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands Biome, is a wide region of open grassland in the northern part of Kazakhstan and adjacent portions of Russia, stretching eastwards to the Pontic steppe and to the west of the Emin Valley steppe, with which it creates part of the Eurasian steppe. The...

Pontic-Caspian Steppe
2013-04-18 22:55:55

The Pontic-Caspian Steppe is the massive steppeland that stretches from the northern shores of the Black Sea as far east as the Caspian Sea, from western Ukraine across the Southern Federal District and the Volga Federal District of Russia to western Kazakhstan, creating part of the larger Eurasian steppe, adjacent to the Kazakh steppe towards the east. It’s a portion of the Palearctic...

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...

Yellow Sac Spider
2009-07-01 11:16:49

The yellow sac spider (Cheiracanthium punctorium) is a spider that is found from Central Asia to central Europe. The yellow sac spider can reach about 0.6 inches in length. This spider can penetrate the human skin. The bite of this spider may feel similar to a wasp sting though it may be a bit more severe, however susceptible persons may have stronger reactions such as nausea. Female yellow...

Isisbill
2009-02-21 20:42:58

The Ibisbill (Ibidorhyncha struthersii) is a species of bird related to the waders, but merits its own family Ibidorhynchidae. It is found on shingle riverbanks of the high plateau of central Asia and the Himalayas. The taxonomic position of the Ibisbill is unclear. It may be related to both oystercatchers and avocets. This bird is quite distinctive. The adult is gray with a white belly,...

Western Crowned Warbler
2008-06-13 22:36:06

The Western Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus occipitalis), is a leaf warbler which breeds in Central Asia. It winters in the forests of the Western Ghats. The species has a distinctive crown stripe and two wing-bars. It often moves in small flocks or in mixed hunting parties. The nest is built in a hole, and the typical clutch is four eggs. Photo Copyright and Credit

European Goldfinch
2008-05-12 15:53:15

The European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), or just Goldfinch, is a passerine bird of the finch family. It breeds across Europe, North Africa, and western and central Asia, in open, partially wooded lowlands. It is resident in the milder west of its range, but migrates from colder regions. It will also make local movements, even in the west, to escape bad weather. It has been introduced to...

Twite
2007-10-24 15:53:34

The Twite (Carduelis flavirostris), is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. It is a partially resident breeder in northern Europe and across central Asia. Many of the birds do migrate further south, or to the coastal regions. Treeless moorland* is favored habitat for breeding. It is similar in size and shape to a Linnet, but lacks the red head patch and breast shown by...

Saiga
2007-10-23 14:30:39

The Saiga (Saiga tatarica), is a species of antelope which originally inhabited a vast area of the Eurasian steppe zone from the foothills of the Carpathians and Caucasus into Dzungaria and Mongolia. Today they can only be found in a few areas in Russia, Kazakhstan, and western Mongolia. During the Ice Age they occurred from the British Isles through central Asia and the Bering Strait into...

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