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Rayshell Clapper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The manner in which bats use echolocation has long been of interest to scientists, but new research shows that bats use more than echolocation to get around. In fact, the Natural...

Latest Fauna of Europe Stories

Indiana State Parks Have A Shot At Recovery Through Regulated Deer Hunts
2014-07-10 03:14:39

Purdue University Regulated deer hunts in Indiana state parks have helped restore the health of forests suffering from decades of damage caused by overabundant populations of white-tailed deer, a Purdue study shows. A research team led by Michael Jenkins, associate professor of forest ecology, found that a 17-year-long Indiana Department of Natural Resources policy of organizing hunts in state parks has successfully spurred the regrowth of native tree seedlings, herbs and wildflowers...

2014-07-03 10:10:08

PLOS Analysis of deer hair from Tyrolean Iceman's clothing sheds light on red deer lineage Genetic analysis of Neolithic deer hair from Italian Alps mummy's clothes ties deer population to modern day western European lineage, in contrast to the eastern lineage found in the Italian alps today, according to a study published July 2, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Cristina Olivieri from University of Camerino, Italy and colleagues. Found in the Italian Alps in 1991,...

Study Shows Earlier Snowmelt Is Prompting Arctic Birds To Breed Earlier
2014-06-26 03:37:52

Wildlife Conservation Society WCS study shows earlier spring seasons brought about by climate change causing long-distance migrants to breed sooner A new collaborative study that included the work of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) biologists has revealed that migratory birds that breed in Arctic Alaska are initiating nests earlier in the spring, and that snowmelt occurring earlier in the season is a big reason why. The report, "Phenological advancement in arctic bird species:...

Threatened Species Could Cope With Climate Change Better If Competitors Were Restricted
2014-06-24 03:03:15

Durham University Threatened animal species could cope better with the effects of climate change if competition from other animals for the same habitats is restricted, according to new research by Durham University. The Durham team studied the impacts of climate on the Alpine Chamois, a species of mountain goat, and the effects that domestic sheep had on the goats' movements. Observing the goats in the Italian Alps during the summer, the researchers found that Chamois tended to move...

Pygmy Shrews In Ireland Are Threatened By Greater White-toothed Shrew Invasion
2014-06-24 03:04:30

University College Dublin An invading species of shrew first discovered in Ireland in the pellets of barn owls and kestrels in 2007 is spreading across the landscape at a rate of more than five kilometers a year, according to findings published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE. University College Dublin scientists who conducted the study say that the invading species, the greater white-toothed shrew (Crocidura russula) is capable of colonizing the entire island by 2050. This, they...

Cause Of Death For Chamois In Austria Has Been Established: Pneumonia
2014-05-16 03:06:46

University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna In spring 2010, nearly a third of the chamois living in a region of northern Austria suddenly died of unexplained causes. Concerned hunters and foresters sent the carcasses to the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna for analysis. Extensive investigations have now revealed that the animals died of bacterial pneumonia caused by two strains of bacteria that are highly unusual in chamois. The results have been published in the Journal of...

Polar Bear Genome Provides Clues To Rapid Evolution To High Fat Diet
2014-05-09 05:24:37

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Mutations in genes involved in cardiovascular function allowed polar bears to rapidly evolve the ability to consume a fatty, blubber-rich diet without developing high rates of heart disease, an international team of scientists reported this week in the journal Cell. Moreover, the study revealed that polar bears diverged from brown bears less than 500,000 years ago – much more recently than estimates based on previous genomic...

2014-05-02 23:07:24

Sarasota Law Firm helps advance Special Olympics funding and awareness Sarasota, Florida (PRWEB) May 02, 2014 As part of its ongoing commitment to give back to the community, the Mallard Law Firm announced today it will be a silver sponsor for the Special Olympics Florida – Sarasota County. As a sponsor, the Mallard Law Firm is helping to give people with disabilities in Sarasota an opportunity to compete against other athletes throughout Florida in the State Summer Games on May 16-17,...

2014-04-20 23:01:36

Antler Farms partners with CrossFit to promote world's best deer antler velvet products. Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) April 20, 2014 Antler Farms, the leading manufacturer of the world's best deer antler velvet, has created a new wholesale program specifically for CrossFit gym owners. Deer antler velvet products are used by millions of people around the world. It has been shown to increase strength, improve speed, enhance aerobic capacity, boost endurance, support joint function, and...

2014-04-02 10:48:27

As the climate continues to change, it's unclear to what extent different species will be able to keep pace with altered temperatures and shifted seasons. Living organisms are the survivors of previous environmental changes and might therefore be expected to adapt, but are there limits? According to research to be published in the Open Access journal PLOS Biology on April 1, some species may be much less able to cope with the effects of climate change than previously thought. The study, by...


Latest Fauna of Europe Reference Libraries

Alaskan Hare, Lepus othus
2014-05-19 10:40:26

The Alaskan hare (Lepus othus), or the tundra hare, can be found on the Alaskan Peninsula and in western areas of Alaska. This species prefers to reside in rocky areas in their tundra habitat, resting in open areas rather than in burrows. It is most closely related to the mountain hare and the Arctic hare. Members of this species reach an average weight between 1.6 and 2.2 feet, with hind feet that reach a length of 7.9 inches. The hind feet are thought to help the hares move quickly and...

Greater mouse-eared bat, Myotis myotis
2013-10-11 08:16:26

The greater mouse-eared bat is primarily found throughout Europe. It weighs about 1.6 ounces, has a wingspan of 14-18 inches and its body is 3-3.5 inches long. The Greater mouse-eared bat has a medium brown upper-body and a greyish belly. This species of bat does not use echolocation for hunting but rather catches its prey from the ground and water surfaces, a process known as gleaning. It finds its prey by listening for the noises that these animals usually make. Its menu consists of...

Brandt’s Bat, Myitus brandtii
2013-10-11 08:07:41

The Brandt’s bat has a large population in northwest of England but is endangered in Austria. The Brandt’s Bat has shaggy brown fur with a pale grey belly. This bat is not a large bat and weighs less than half an ounce and measures up to two inches long. Its wingspan is more than triple its body length at 7.5 to 9.5 inches. Brandt’s bat eats only insects (insectivorous) and is not blind. However, echolocation is used for “night-vision,” so that while hunting at night it does...

Corsican Brook Salamander, Euproctus montanus
2013-10-07 12:28:35

The Corsican Brook Salamander (Euproctus montanus), known also as the Corsican Mountain Newt, is a species of salamander belonging to the Salamandridae family. It is native to Corsica, an island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is found mostly in rocky streams, springs, and rivers in forest and maquis and altitudes of over 600 meters. It is smaller than other closely related species, such as the Sardinian Brook Salamander (Euproctus platycephalus) and can reach a length of about 5 inches,...

Lesser mouse-eared bat, Myotis blythii
2013-09-27 10:50:24

Populations have been found in southern Europe, southern central Europe and southwestern Asia. The lesser mouse-eared bat is a very social species therefore they travel and remain in groups rather than individually. These groups can be as large as 500 bats and could be mixed with the greater mouse-eared bat. Their feeding habitats are scrub areas, grasslands, farmland, and some gardens. It eats grass crickets and cockchafers. These insects are hunted by the lesser mouse-eared bat while...

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siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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