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Bearded Seal
2007-10-23 16:48:25

The Bearded Seal (Erignathus barbatus), or Square Flipper Seal, is a seal found in or near to the Arctic Ocean. Its most characteristic feature is the whiskers on its face. When dry, the whiskers curl up giving the bearded seal a raffish look. Other distinguishable features are the square fore-flippers and thick bristles pn their muzzles. Adults are grayish-brown in color, darker on the...

Eastern Fork-marked Lemur
2007-10-22 16:02:08

The Eastern Fork-marked Lemur (Phaner furcifer), is found in the coastal forests of northern and western Madagascar. Its diet consists mainly of the gum of trees in temperate deciduous forests. It has become specialized for harvesting this substance. It has a dental comb-like filling that is used to scrape the gum that oozes out of holes in the tree's surface. The structure consists of a row of...

Tayra
2007-08-15 11:07:59

The Tayra (Eira barbara), is an omnivorous animal from the weasel family Mustelidae. It is the only species in the genus Eira. Tayras live in the tropical forests of Central and South America. In Central America it is known as the Tolomuco. They live in hollow trees, burrows in the ground, or nests of tall grass. They eat mainly fruit, but also carrion, small mammals and birds. Tayras have...

Aquatic Genet
2007-08-14 13:44:36

The Aquatic Genet (Genetta piscivora), is a carnivorous mammal from northeastern Zaire. They are related to civets and linsangs. Like most members of its family, it is a secretive and rarely seen species, and little is known about its behavior in the wild. Unlike other genets which have handsomely spotted coats and ringed tails, the Aquatic Genet has a plain, rusty-colored coat, and a black...

Hispaniolan Solenodon
2007-07-16 16:18:12

The Hispaniolan Solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus), also known as the Haitian Solenodon or Agouta, is a solenodon found only on the island of Hispaniola, part of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Currently, the solenodon may only be surviving in two places in the Dominican Republic: Jaragua and Del Este National Parks. Its presence in Los Haitises National Park is inferred but unconfirmed. It was...

Himantura kittipong
2007-04-19 05:54:12

Himantura kittipong is a species of freshwater stingray that was initially found by Thai fish expert Kittipong Jaruthanin in Mae Klong River in Kanchanaburi, Thailand in 2004. It was confirmed to be a new species by two World Wide Funds for Nature officials, WWF Thailand senior freshwater biologist Chavalit Vidthayanon and Smithsonian research associate Tyson Roberts, on April 12, 2006. The...

Stripedfin ronquil
2007-02-25 20:55:31

The Stripedfin ronquil (Rathbunella hypoplecta) is a fish native to the eastern Pacific Ocean. Its range is from San Francisco, California to northern Baja California, Mexico. It can reach a total length of 6.3 in (16 cm), and is elongated with a characteristic black and white pattern along the body. It inhabits rocky and sandy areas on exposed coasts as well as kelp forests. Its depth range is...

Hawaiian Monk Seal
2007-02-14 07:10:27

The Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi) in the Family Phocidae is an endangered marine mammal that is native to the warm, clear waters of the Hawaiian Islands. It gets its common name from its round head covered with short hairs, giving it the appearance of a medieval friar. The name may also reflect the fact that the Hawaiian monk seal lives a more solitary existence, in comparison...

Sea Otter
2007-01-23 14:07:41

The sea otter (Enhydra lutris) is a large otter native to the North Pacific, from northern Japan and Kamchatka east across the Aleutian Islands south to California. The heaviest of the otters, sea otters are the only species within the genus Enhydra. They were hunted extensively for their luxurious fur. Its estimated that a half million to a million otters were killed over time. The...

Oriental Small-clawed Otter
2007-01-23 14:03:56

The Oriental small-clawed Otter, Aonyx cinereus also known as Asian Small-clawed Otter is the smallest otter in the world. The Oriental Small-clawed Otter is found in mangrove swamps and freshwater wetlands of Bangladesh, southern India, China, Taiwan, Indochina, Peninsular Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. These otters are especially distinct for their forepaws, as the claws do...

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reremouse
  • A bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.
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