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Huntsman Spiders Sparassidae
2014-06-19 08:25:14

Sparassidae is a family that holds over one thousand species of huntsman spiders, also known as giant crab spiders and wood spiders, or as rain spiders or lizard-eating spiders in some areas of its range. These species are native to Australia but were also introduced to temperate areas throughout the world including China, Japan, and some areas of the United States, including Florida and...

Crab Spiders Thomisidae
2014-06-19 08:13:57

Thomisidae is a family that holds around two thousand species of crab spiders that can be found throughout the world. Although the name crab spider has been used to refer to a large number of species, it is most often used to refer to members of this family, especially the flower crab spider. Many members of this family have flat bodies that resemble those of crabs and others hold their two...

Echidna Tachyglossidae
2014-06-19 07:53:10

Tachyglossidae is a family that holds eight species of echidnas, also known as spiny anteaters, four of which are known only from fossils. The remaining four species, which include the platypus, can only be found in New Guinea and Australia. They prefer to reside in wooded areas and can be found under piles of vegetation, roots, and occasionally inside the burrows of other animals. This family...

Common Lionfish Pterois miles
2014-06-13 13:45:25

The common lionfish (Pterois miles) or devil firefish is a species of fish native to the western Indo-Pacific region and a close relative to red lionfish (Pterois volitans), which it is often confused with. Its distribution includes the Indian Ocean from the Red Sea to South Africa and to Indonesia and recently, in the South Eastern Mediterranean Sea near Cyprus. Off the east coast of the...

Planehead Filefish Stephanolepis hispidus
2014-06-13 09:42:46

The planehead filefish (Stephanolepis hispidus) is a species of fish found in the Atlantic Ocean from Nova Scotia to Uruguay in the west and from the Canary Islands to Angola in the east. It prefers sandy and muddy floors near reefs and seaweeds. It can be consumed and is trapped in the Canary Islands. Originally the planehead filefish was taken in nets while fishing for other species....

Threadsail Filefish Stephanolepis cirrhifer
2014-06-13 09:04:41

The threadsail filefish (Stephanolepis cirrhifer) is a fish species found in the western Pacific from northern Japan to the East China Sea. Usually found near the seabed at depths of 33 feet. Juveniles generally shelter themselves within the safety of drifting seaweed to hide from predators. It is a migratory fish that can move over 62 miles between feeding and spawning grounds. The...

Peters Elephantnose Fish Gnathonemus petersii
2014-06-09 10:53:30

Peter’s elephantnose fish (Gnathonemus petersii) is an African freshwater species of fish, named after someone called Peter (most likely Wilhelm Peters) as the Latin name petersii verifies. These fish are native to the rivers of West and Central Africa, mainly in the Niger River, Ogun River and upper Chari River. The habitat it prefers is muddy, slow moving water with submerged branches...

Stargazer Uranoscopidae
2014-06-09 09:36:03

The stargazer is a family of fish of the Uranoscopidae family. There are about 51 species of stargazer fish in eight genera. They are found worldwide in shallow saltwater. One species of stargazer is extinct, the Astroscopus countermani. A cranium was found of this species in the Calvert Cliffs of Maryland, and is very similar to the living stargazers of today. The stargazer has eyes on top...

Central Mudminnow Umbra limi
2014-06-05 13:20:20

The central mudminnow (Umbra limi) is a species of freshwater fish found in central and eastern North American lakes, streams and wetlands. Its range includes the Appalachian Mountains, St Lawrence River, The Great Lakes, Hudson Bay and many other centrally located waters and tributaries. They prefer slow moving marshland, around ponds and rivers, but with their habitat being destroyed by human...

Atlantic Stargazer Uranoscopus scaber
2014-06-05 10:28:52

The Atlantic stargazer (Uranoscopus scaber) is a subtropical fish species that is widespread along the Atlantic coasts of Europe and Africa. It is also common in the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea. It inhabits the sandy or muddy sediments of the continental shelf at depths of 46 to 1,300 feet. The body of the Atlantic stargazer is somewhat flat and is usually eight to twelve inches long....

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virgule
  • A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information.
  • A little rod; a twig.
This word comes from the Late Latin 'virgula,' accentual mark, a diminutive of 'virga,' rod.
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