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Witch Flounder
2007-02-25 21:07:19

The Witch, Arnoglossus scapha, is a Lefteye flounder of the genus Arnoglossus, found around China and New Zealand, in waters less than 0.25 mi (400 m) in depth. Their length is from 7.87 to 15.75 in (20 to 40 cm). The Witch is a Lefteye flounder meaning it has both eyes on the left side of the head and lies on its right side. It has the typical flattened oval shape of the flounder with the...

Chinese Alligator
2007-01-23 14:47:34

The Chinese Alligator, Alligator sinensis, is one of two living species of Alligator. The Chinese Alligator is native to only China. This species' wild habitat has been reduced to little more than a few ponds along the lower Yangtze River system. Its population reduction has been mostly due to conversion of its habitat to agricultural use. The Chinese Alligator rarely exceeds 7 feet long,...

South China Tiger
2007-01-19 15:16:10

The South China Tiger or South Chinese Tiger (Panthera tigris amoyensis), also known as the Amoy or Xiamen tiger, is a subspecies of tiger native to the forests of Southern China. The South China tiger is the second smallest and most critically endangered tiger. Some experts maintain that there are approximately 20 to 30 of these tigers left in the wild. It is likely that they are extinct in...

Amur Tiger Siberian
2007-01-19 15:00:55

The amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) is a rare subspecies of tiger (P. tigris). Also known as the Siberian, Korean, Manchurian, or North China Tiger, it is the largest natural animal in the feline family Felidae. The amur tiger is critically endangered. In the early 1900s, it lived throughout the Korean Peninsula, northeastern Mongolia, southeastern Russia, and northeastern China. Today,...

Asiatic Golden Cat
2007-01-19 12:13:43

The Asiatic Golden Cat (Catopuma temminckii, or Profelis temminckii, or Felis temminckii), also called Temminck's Golden Cat, is a medium-sized wild cat weighing from 26.46 to 35.27 lb (12 to 16 kg). In captivity golden cats can live up to 20 years, but their average lifespan in the wild is likely far shorter. While the fur is mostly foxy red or golden brown, black or grey color variants may...

Hughs Hedgehog
2007-01-10 12:27:07

Hugh's Hedgehog (Mesechinus hughi), also sometimes referred to as the Central Chinese Hedgehog, is a hedgehog native to Central China and Manchuria. It prefers open areas, but can be found in shrubs and forests. Hugh's Hedgehog is native to China. It is known to look for food even in daytime on rainy days.

Lar Gibbon
2007-01-10 12:03:21

The lar gibbon (Hylobates lar), also known as the white-handed gibbon, is a primate in the Hylobatidae or gibbon family. It is one of the better-known gibbons and is often seen in zoos. The range of the lar gibbon extends from southwest China and eastern Myanmar to Thailand and down the whole Malay Peninsula. It is also present in the northwest portion of the island of Sumatra. The fur...

Amur Hedgehog
2007-01-02 11:20:38

The Amur Hedgehog is a hedgehog similar to Western European Hedgehog in outlook and lifestyle. It is more lightly colored. An average animal weighs from 21.16 to 35.27 oz (600 to 1000 g). It is native to Amur Krai and Primorye in Russia, Manchuria in China and the Korean peninsula. PHOTO CREDIT: Amur hedgehog in Lazov natural park, Russia

Tibetan Macaque
2007-01-01 15:43:55

The Tibetan Macaque (Macaca thibetana), also known as Milne-Edwards' Macaque, is found in China, Tibet and Vietnam. This species lives in subtropical forests (mixed deciduous to evergreen) at altitude that range from 2,625 to 6,562 feet (800 to 2000 m). The Tibetan Macaque has a long dense brown fur with whiskers but a hairless face. The infants have silver and black fur that changes to its...

Stump-tailed Macaque
2007-01-01 15:34:10

The stump-tailed macaque (Macaca arctoides), also called the bear macaque, is a macaque. It lives in China, India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Thailand. It is 18.9 to 25.6 inches (48 to 65 cm) long. Males weigh 22.05 lb (10 kg), females 16.53 to 19.84 lb (7.5 to 9 kg). It can live up to 30 years.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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