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Costa Rican Longline Fishery Kills Thousands Of Sea Turtles, Sharks
2013-10-03 06:51:59

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the last decade, the second-most-common catch on Costa Rica's longline fisheries were olive ridley sea turtles, not a commercial fish species. These longline fisheries also caught more green turtles than most species of fish, according to a new study led by Drexel University. The findings, published in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, indicate longline fishing is a major threat to the Pacific populations of...

Image Of Eagle Attacking Deer Caught By Camera Trap
2013-09-23 10:25:32

Wildlife Conservation Society A camera trap set out for endangered Siberian (Amur) tigers in the Russian Far East photographed something far more rare: a golden eagle capturing a young sika deer. The three images only cover a two-second period, but show an adult golden eagle clinging to the deer's back. Its carcass was found two weeks later, just a few yards from the camera, initially puzzling researchers. The paper and images appear in the September issue of the Journal of Raptor...

Future Biofuels May Rely On Panda Poop Microbes
2013-09-11 08:00:17

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two years ago, redOrbit reported that scientists were researching the possibility of using panda poop to make biofuels. “Who would have guessed that ‘panda poop’ might help solve one of the major hurdles to producing biofuels, which is optimizing the breakdown of the raw plant materials used to make the fuels?” Ashli Brown, PhD, said at the time. “We hope our research will help expand the use of biofuels in the future and...

2013-09-10 23:01:29

South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program Sea Turtle Release Planned for this Saturday Charleston, S.C. (PRWEB) September 10, 2013 Three sea turtles successfully rehabilitated by the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program are ready to return to the sea. One green sea turtle, Crosby, one Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, Parker, and one loggerhead sea turtle, Skully, will be released at the Isle of Palms County Park at 10 a.m., this Saturday, September, 14, 2013. The...

Human Activity In Thailand Affects Macaque Ability To Use Stone Tools
2013-08-14 14:06:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While some scientists are focused on the conservation of species, researchers from the Nanyang Technological University in Thailand have been focused on conserving species’ behavior, particularly those of the Burmese long-tailed macaque. According to new research from NTU, published in Oryx — The International Journal of Conservation, the macaque’s use of stone tools is being threatened by human activity. “Generally, when we...

2013-08-13 11:07:59

Rare Amur tigers in Russia are succumbing to infection with canine distemper virus (CDV), a pathogen most commonly found in domestic dogs, according to the authors of a study published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. Pressure from poaching, decimation of their prey base, and habitat fragmentation have diminished the population of Amur tigers (also called Siberian tigers) to fewer than 500. In the study, a team of scientists from the US...

New Hope For Sumatra's Tigers
2013-07-30 05:18:34

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Preliminary data from a camera trap survey in Sumatra, Indonesia shows an unexpectedly high density of tigers living in the Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation (TWNC). In fact, according to the researchers responsible for the work, the density of tigers per 100km2 in the southern region of TWNC is the highest ever recorded on the island, and nearly double the previous record. The survey was led by Indonesian businessman,...


Latest Fauna of Asia Reference Libraries

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,...

Colugos, Cynocephalidae
2014-08-05 09:51:41

Cynocephalidae is a family that holds three species of gliding, tree dwelling mammals known as culugos or flying lemurs, only two of which are living. These species, known as the Philippine flying lemur and the Sunda flying lemur, can be found in tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia. Culugos range in size between fourteen and sixteen inches and they have a slender body with long legs and a medium-sized tail. They are the most capable of all gliding mammal species, using a large membrane of...

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Word of the Day
barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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