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Climate Change A Likely Culprit In Coqui Frog's Altered Calls
2014-04-16 12:04:30

By Stuart Wolpert, University of California - Los Angeles Changes in the Puerto Rican climate over the past three decades have caused small but significant changes to the coqui frog, the territory's national animal. UCLA biologists have found that not only have male coquis become smaller, but their mating call has also become shorter and higher pitched. Authored by Peter Narins, UCLA distinguished professor of integrative biology and physiology and of ecology and evolutionary biology,...

2013-01-29 23:00:15

An article recently published in the Journal of Mammalogy, Volume 94 Issue 6 focuses on the struggling Florida manatee population and analyzes the factors pertaining to their decline. (PRWEB) January 29, 2013 Journal of Mammalogy — There is a better than 49 percent probability that the Florida manatee population will fall below 500 individual animals in the next 100 years, according to one analysis. One of the factors that can drive population decline is a lack of genetic diversity....

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2006-05-17 07:32:10

HILO, Hawaii -- The state has allocated $4.9 million to fight invasive species including coqui frogs, the amphibian accused of threatening Hawaii's fragile ecosystem and disrupting the sleep of island residents. The funding sets aside more than $2.9 million to hire 58 additional inspectors at Hawaii's airports and harbors to help spot nonnative species before they enter the islands. The funds will boost the state's inspection staff by more than 75 percent. Lawmakers allocated another $2...

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2005-07-15 09:33:31

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- It's hard to imagine a tiny, 2-inch frog could cause so much harm. Beloved in its native Puerto Rico, the coqui frog has become a menace in Hawaii, where it suddenly appeared in the 1990s. With no natural predators, such as snakes, to keep their numbers under control, the frogs and their loud "ko-KEE" mating calls have multiplied exponentially - causing headaches for homeowners. Some believe the noisy amphibians could also cause serious damage to Hawaii's...


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2007-01-19 11:48:54

The Puerto Rican Nesophontes (Nesophontes edithae), or Puerto Rican Shrew, is an extinct soricomorph native to the island of Puerto Rico. It is believed that Europeans never observed the animal. Contemporary fossils with indigenous artifacts and introduced rat fossils indicate survival into the colonial era. This could have been possibly until the 16th century. The shrew lived on the 4' island montane forest/brush native to western Puerto Rico. It was an insectivore. There are fossil...

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  • A spider.
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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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