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city squirrels
2014-07-23 03:30:56

Megan Meates, Curtin University Curtin University-led research has shown squirrels have adapted to New York City's human behavior, allowing them to thrive just as well, if not better, than their fellow squirrels in the woods. Dr. Bill Bateman, Senior Lecturer at Curtin's Department of Environment & Agriculture, led the study that proved eastern grey squirrels were able to modify their behavior in urban environments and prevent unnecessary responses when humans acted in a predictable...

2014-07-14 20:20:52

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's (PFBC) announced today that it will host a second Mentored Youth Fishing Day on Labor Day, Sept. 1, on 17 Panfish Enhancement lakes. To encourage participation on this day, the PFBC also announced that it has reduced the price of a Labor Day 1-day adult resident and Labor Day 1-day adult non-resident license to just $1 on Labor Day. With issuing agent and transaction fees, the total price...

Invasive Water Snakes Could Pose Risk To Native Species In California
2014-06-26 03:53:17

University of California - Davis Water snakes, commonly seen in the lakes, rivers and streams of the eastern United States, are invading California waterways and may pose a threat to native and endangered species in the state, according to a University of California, Davis, study. While scientists do not know exactly how many water snakes are in California, roughly 300 individuals of two different species — the common water snake and the southern water snake — have been found in the...

2014-05-29 14:39:37

PLOS Study ties lunar cycles, fish behavior to angler success The lunar cycle may synchronize with feeding activity, luring large muskies to take angler bait, according to results published May 28, 2014, in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Mark Vinson from U.S. Geological Survey and Ted Angradi from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Previous studies have suggested a relationship between the moon and fish behavior. To investigate this further, scientists analyzed angler catch...

Dam Removal Improves Shad Spawning Grounds
2014-05-22 16:30:47

North Carolina State University Research from North Carolina State University finds that dam removal improves spawning grounds for American shad and seems likely to improve survival rates for adult fish, juveniles and eggs – but for different reasons. The researchers focused on a small tributary in North Carolina called the Little River, where three dams were removed in the late 1990s and early 2000s. American shad (Alosa sapidissima) spend the bulk of their adult lives in saltwater,...

Southwestern Bird And Reptile Distributions To Shift As Climate Changes
2014-04-08 14:43:34

U.S. Geological Survey Dramatic distribution losses and a few major distribution gains are forecasted for southwestern bird and reptile species as the climate changes, according to just-published research by scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of New Mexico, and Northern Arizona University. Overall, the study forecasted species distribution losses – that is, where species are able to live – of nearly half for all but one of the 5 reptile species they examined,...

Bighorn Sheep Inhabited Tiburon Island Centuries Ago, But Went Extinct
2014-03-20 10:01:38

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 1975, 16 female and 4 male bighorn sheep were deliberately introduced to Tiburón Island, a large and mostly uninhabited island in the Gulf of California. However, these sheep are not necessarily an invasive species as a new report in the journal PLOS ONE has found that these animals actually lived on the island before and went extinct between the 6th and 9th centuries. Bighorn sheep were reintroduced to the island as part of a...

red squirrel
2014-02-25 06:05:48

Queen's University Belfast Native red squirrels have declined throughout Britain and Ireland for the last century due to a combination of habitat loss and the introduction of the North American eastern grey squirrel. But more recently its few remaining populations have been devastated by an insidious pox virus passed to them by the alien invaders. A study by the biodiversity and conservation research center Quercus at Queen's University Belfast (QUB), and published in the journal PLOS...

2014-02-05 23:31:56

Fenstermaker experts in survey & mapping, environmental compliance, and engineering attend Winter NAPE this week to support the energy industry and introduce a new specialized service: Oyster Assessments. (PRWEB) February 05, 2014 Specializing in survey, mapping, engineering, environmental, and advanced technology services, Fenstermaker proudly introduces a new environmental service to their comprehensive roster of work: Oyster Assessments. Its environmental professionals have...

2014-01-24 23:02:38

In the midst of an unprecedented irruption of Snowy Owls in North America, bird watchers and everyday observers alike will appreciate Bryan Shane and Patricia Lafferty’s stunning collection of images and insight into these birds offered in their book, ‘A Picture Book of Snowy Owls.’ Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB) January 24, 2014 As North America is experiencing an irruption of Snowy Owls—the likes of which have not been seen in decades—the wildlife photography of Bryan Shane and poetic...


Latest Fauna of the United States Reference Libraries

Coastal giant salamander, Dicamptodon tenebrosus
2014-02-04 09:37:14

The Coastal giant salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus) is a member of the Dicamptodontidae family. The species is native to the United States and Canada. The Coastal giant salamander ranges from northern California to Oregon and Washington and throughout parts of south British Columbia. The Coastal giant salamander inhabits freshwater lakes, marshes and rivers. The species may also be found in temperate deciduous forests. A nocturnal species, the Coastal giant salamander may or may not go...

Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer, Coluber constrictor flaviventris
2014-01-17 11:37:01

The Eastern racer (Coluber constrictor) is a group of non venomous snakes, all members of the Colubridae family. For the most part, the species can be found in the United States (east of the Rocky Mountains), but may range up into Canada and south into Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. Eastern racers are compiled of eleven subspecies. The Eastern racer’s coloration varies greatly from subspecies to subspecies. Typically their common name is derived from their appearance (i.e. black racers,...

Scarlet Snake, Cemophora coccinea
2014-01-17 10:16:15

The Scarlet snake (Cemophora coccinea) is a member of the Columbrae family. They are found only in the United States, in: southeastern Texas, eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. The species typically inhabits oak and pine forests with sandy soil good for burrowing. The Scarlet snake only grows to lengths of approximately 14-26 inches. Commonly...

Rosy Boa, Lichanura trivirgata
2014-01-17 09:41:32

The Rosy boa (Lichanura trivirgata) is commonly found throughout the southwestern areas of The United States, but may be found in parts of northwestern Mexico as well. A member of the Boidae family, the Rosy boa inhabits coastal desert canyons, rocky, desert slopes, creek-beds, and hillsides with large boulders. The Rosy boa is commonly fully grown measuring just over 3 feet. The species ranges in color from a yellowish, to tan or slate grey and 3 varying types of stripes run the length of...

A young Rubber Boa, Charina bottae
2014-01-10 21:00:02

The Charina bottae, commonly known as the rubber boa, is Native to the Western United States (California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and British Columbia) in habitats including grasslands, meadows, forests, and high alpine regions with elevations ranging from sea level to 10,000 feet. It does not tolerate high temperatures or dry conditions but can survive in cold-for-a-snake conditions. The habitat must be able to provide proper shelter such as rocks, logs,...

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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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