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2014-12-13 08:39:00

Scientists have for the first time discovered a creature that chemically disguises itself by ingesting chemicals from its prey in order to hide from potential predators, according to new research published this week in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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Planehead Filefish, Stephanolepis hispidus
2014-06-13 09:42:46

The planehead filefish (Stephanolepis hispidus) is a species of fish found in the Atlantic Ocean from Nova Scotia to Uruguay in the west and from the Canary Islands to Angola in the east. It prefers sandy and muddy floors near reefs and seaweeds. It can be consumed and is trapped in the Canary Islands. Originally the planehead filefish was taken in nets while fishing for other species. However, in the 1980s it became a favorable fish and by 2000, over fishing became a concern. The...

Threadsail filefish, Stephanolepis cirrhifer
2014-06-13 09:04:41

The threadsail filefish (Stephanolepis cirrhifer) is a fish species found in the western Pacific from northern Japan to the East China Sea. Usually found near the seabed at depths of 33 feet. Juveniles generally shelter themselves within the safety of drifting seaweed to hide from predators. It is a migratory fish that can move over 62 miles between feeding and spawning grounds. The threadsail filefish was first observed off the coast of Japan in 1850 and named Monacanthus cirrhifer. In...

Valentinni’s Sharpnose Puffer, Canthigaster valentini
2013-02-16 08:56:47

Image Credit: Jenny Huang/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.0) The Valentinni’s sharpnose puffer (sometimes called Valentin's sharpnose puffer) is found in shallow lagoons and coastal reefs from 3 - 150 feet in depth. Native to the Indo-Pacific and Indian Oceans around Durban, South Africa, Tuamoto Islands, Japan, Lord Howe Islands and Northern Australia. The male of this species is very territorial and often fights with other fish of the same species. Schools of up to 100 or more will contain...

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Word of the Day
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).