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Fungi Plays Role As Rainforest 'Diversity Police'
2014-01-23 12:54:43

University of Oxford The Oxford University-led research found that fungi regulate diversity in rainforests by making dominant species victims of their own success. Fungi spread quickly between closely-packed plants of the same species, preventing them from dominating and enabling a wider range of species to flourish. "In the plant world, close relatives make bad neighbours," said Dr Owen Lewis of Oxford University's Department of Zoology, who led the study. "Seedlings growing near...

scary insect
2013-08-06 11:31:58

Pensoft Publishers For biologists it is an easy matter: spiders have eight legs and insects have six. This fact is important when beholding and recognizing the tiny new species of Spider Water Beetles from the Philippine Island of Mindoro discovered by researchers of the Ateneo de Manila University. Zookeys, an open access international scientific journal launched to accelerate biodiversity research, has published the paper about the curious creatures in its latest issue. Primarily, the...

2013-04-16 14:10:25

20 to 40% of European plant and animal species endangered A new study on extinction risk based on extensive data from 7 taxonomic groups and 22 European countries has shown that proportions of plant and animal species being classified as threatened on national Red Lists are more closely related to socio-economic pressure levels from the beginning than from the end of the 20th century. Stefan Dullinger of the University of Vienna and Franz Essl from the Austrian Environment Agency together...

New Study May Help Us Learn More On Beetle Diversity
2013-02-20 17:01:57

Pensoft Publishers The tropics are home to an extraordinary diversity of insect species. How great is it, exactly? We do not know, but today, researchers at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History published a study on tropical beetles that can help us progress towards an answer to this question. The paper was published in the open access, peer-reviewed journal Zookeys. Entomologists Michael Caterino and Alexey Tishechkin have named 138 new species within the genus Operclipygus (the...

Studying Ancient Insects Opens The Window On Biodiversity
2013-02-13 14:29:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Global climate has shifted countless times during the course of Earth´s history and a group of Canadian scientists has found the biodiversity patterns of today´s tropical mountain regions were present in British Columbia about 50 million years ago. According to the team´s report in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, their findings confirm a theory about modern species diversity across mountain ranges, and...

Insect Diversity Studied In The Rainforests Of Panama
2012-12-14 05:46:43

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Until now, scientists have had a problem estimating the exact numbers of arthropods — a group that includes insects, arachnids, and crustaceans - on Earth, even though we know they comprise a majority of the multicellular species on the planet. Because of their small size, frequent movements, and inaccessible habitats, quantifying their abundance has been difficult despite the fact that they are the most numerous phylum on the...

2012-10-17 11:44:49

Ecologists in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology have found that evolutionary diversity can be an effective method for identifying hotspots of mammal biodiversity. In a paper published Oct. 17 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, they report that evolutionary diversity can be an effective proxy for both the sheer number of species as well as their characteristics and ecological roles. Their findings could help conservation organizations better protect threatened...

2006-04-05 10:55:00

CAPE TOWN -- Animal and plant species are dying off rapidly around the world due to climate change, but scientists are struggling to monitor the decline due to a lack of data, top scientists said on Wednesday. Scientists say just a fraction of the earth's plant and animal species have so far been identified, while millions more may have already been lost. There was also little information of those identified. "Only about 1.75 million out of an estimated 10 million or more species have been...

2006-04-05 10:45:00

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Animal and plant species are dying off rapidly around the world due to climate change, but scientists are struggling to monitor the decline due to a lack of data, top scientists said on Wednesday. Scientists say just a fraction of the earth's plant and animal species have so far been identified, while millions more may have already been lost. There was also little information of those identified. "Only about 1.75 million out of an estimated 10 million or more species...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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