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Global Efforts Needed To Protect Leatherback Sea Turtles From Industrialized Fishing Zones
2014-02-12 10:55:04

A new study from a team of international researchers has found that global efforts are urgently needed to protect leatherback turtles as the marine reptiles often swim through heavily-fished areas – making them highly susceptible to getting entangled in fishing nets.

2014-01-31 23:31:16

April inaugurates the leatherback turtle viewing season at Matura Beach in Trinidad, and Naturalist Journeys’ Caligo Ventures features tours throughout this season.

2014-01-31 23:01:48

Endangered tigers website Tigers in Crisis.com will launch a new website design in February, 2014 according to the website’s producer, endangered species journalist Craig Kasnoff.

Lal Teer And BGI Announced Completion Of Genome Sequence Of Water Buffalo
2014-01-25 08:19:29

Bangladesh, and Shenzhen, China-Lal Teer Livestock Limited, an associate of LalTeer Seed Ltd., the largest seed company in Bangladesh with strong hybrid research program, and BGI, the world's largest genomics organization, jointly announced today that they have completed the genome sequencing of water buffalo and the bioinformatics analysis.

Waterfowl Poisoning Reduced By Lead Shot Prohibition
2014-01-17 13:10:53

Lead shot was forbidden in 2001 in Spanish wetlands on the Ramsar List of these areas of international importance. Ten years later, this prohibition -and the consequent use of steel shot by hunters- has started to bear fruit

GPS Tracks Leatherback Turtle Hotspots To Prevent Fishing Deaths
2014-01-09 07:50:15

One of the most endangered species in the world, the Pacific Ocean's leatherback turtle population has declined by more than 90 percent since 1980. One of the greatest causes of its death is industrial longline fishing.

sea monster pigment
2014-01-09 04:50:18

Newly discovered fossilized skin pigments from a trio of multi-million-year-old marine reptiles reveal that these real-life sea monsters were at least partially dark colored when they were alive, according to research appearing in the latest edition of the journal Nature.

Museum Bird DNA Is Ready To Use In Naturalis Biodiversity Center
2013-12-30 12:35:31

DNA barcoding is used as an effective tool for both the identification of known species and the discovery of new ones.

Climate, Nesting Patterns Suggest Loggerhead Turtles Are Recovering
2013-12-17 10:06:48

For loggerhead sea turtles, the number of returning nesting females in the Northwest Atlantic combined with favorable climate conditions in the preceding years are strongly related to the number of nests produced in a given year.


Latest Fauna of Asia Reference Libraries

Reunion Swamphen, Porphyrio coerulescens
2014-12-09 11:13:20

The Reunion Swamphen (Porphyrio coerulescens), known also as the Reunion Gallinule or Oiseau bleu, is a hypothetical species of extinct rail from Reunion, Mascarensis until now only known from report from travelers. It is rather certain that such a bird once was present on the island. Six reports confirm its existence, and the genus Porphyrio is known as a colonizer of oceanic islands, having evolved into many local endemic species, of which only the Takahe is still found to be living...

Shrew, Soricidae
2014-10-01 13:16:58

Soricidae is a family that contains 385 species of true shrews that can be found throughout the world, although Australia, New Guinea, and New Zealand do not hold any native shrew populations. Although shrews resemble mice, they are more closely related to moles, but most are no larger than a mouse. The largest species, known as the Asian house shrew reaches a length of 5.9 inches, while the Etruscan shrew, one of the smallest shrew species and the smallest mammal in the world, reaches a...

Asian Common Toad, Duttaphrynus melanostictus
2014-09-16 16:12:49

The Asian Common Toad, Duttaphrynus Melanostictus, is most likely a compound of more than one toad species that’s widely distributed in South Asia. This toad is commonly called the Asian Common Toad, Asian Toad, Black-spectacled Toad, Common Sunda Toad and the Japanese Toad. This species has the potential to grow to about 8 inches long. The species breeds during the monsoons and the tadpoles are a black color. The young toads may be seen in large numbers after the monsoons. The top of...

Liverpool Pigeon, Caloenas maculata
2014-09-10 10:48:08

The Liverpool Pigeon or the Spotted Green Pigeon (Caloenas maculata) is a presumed extinct pigeon species of unknown provenance. Currently, it is only known from a single specimen reposited in the World Museum of the National Museums Liverpool; this specimen is presumed to have been collected from French Polynesia sometime between 1783 and 1823. The Liverpool Pigeon was initially mentioned in the work A General Synopsis of Birds by John Latham and scientifically named by Johann Friedrich...

Spectacled Cormorant, Phalacrocorax perspicillatus
2014-09-08 09:05:04

The Spectacled Cormorant or the Pallas’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax perspicillatus) is an extinct marine bird of belonging to the cormorant family of seabirds that lived on the Bering Island and possibly other places within the Komandorski Islands and the nearby coast of Kamchatka. It is the biggest species of cormorant known to have ever existed. It was initially identified by Georg Steller in 1741 on Vitus Bering’s disastrous second Kamchatka expedition. He explained the bird as large,...

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