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Potato Puffer Tetraodon miurus
2013-02-17 08:21:54

Image Credit: Jamie C/Wikipedia The potato puffer, also called the Congo puffer, inhabits freshwater rivers of Africa, primarily in the Congo basin, occasionally found in flowing rapids. This puffer is a very inactive bottom dweller, burying itself in the sandy river bed waiting for prey to pass by. Although the potato puffer is a very aggressive predator, it also hides to keep out of sight...

Orange-fin Anemonefish Amphiprion chrysopterus
2013-02-09 08:07:34

Image Credit: National Park Service/Wikipedia The orange-fin anemonefish is also named the orange-fin clownfish. It is found north of the Great Barrier Reef in the Pacific Ocean between the coastal reefs of Queensland, Australia, and New Guinea, to the Marshall and Tuamoto Islands. The adult will inhabit the outer side of the reef slope, from the surface to 65 feet deep. The body is short...

Weather Education - Orographic Thunderstorms
2013-01-13 09:40:16

Orographic thunderstorms are formed when the air is pushed up a mountain side. This type of thunderstorm is found only on the windward side of a mountain range. In the United States we would find these types of thunderstorms on the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains and also on the western slopes of the Appalachians. Things that make this thunderstorm important: First of all they only...

Hardhead Aythya australis
2013-01-02 11:55:50

The Hardhead (aythya australis), also known as the White-eyed Duck is the only true diving duck found in Australia. Hardheads are familiar in the south-east of Australia, especially in the Murray-Darling Basin, but also in the wetter country near the coasts. They are somewhat drifting in normal years, but disperse widely in times of drought. Significant numbers reach as far afield as New...

Hawaiian Flagtail Kuhlia sandvicensis
2012-12-26 06:21:13

During the day Hawaiian flagtail (locally known as Aholehole) huddle in schools around the top of reefs and along drop-offs where turbulent water creates bubbles hiding them from predators in and around the Hawaiian Islands. Young flagtails will form schools in the shallow water near sandy beaches, mouths of streams, tide pools, and brackish water (salt and fresh water combined). At night the...

Crab-eating Mongoose Herpestes urva
2012-11-16 13:32:25

The crab-eating mongoose (Herpestes urva) is a mammal that can be found in east and Southeast Asia. Its range includes southern China, Nepal, Myanmar, and northeastern India, as well as areas Laos, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam in Southeast Asia. This species is active mainly at night, spending a good percentage of their time in water or near water and other moist areas. It is slender in...

Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris
2012-10-29 15:22:28

A long-legged wading bird, The Great Knot, is the largest of the calidrid species. They breed in the tundra of North Siberia, and migrate strongly in the winter to the coasts of Southern Asia through Australia, traveling in very large flocks. They lay about four eggs on the ground in a ground scrape. Great Knots migrate over long distances and use a limited number of staging sites during its...

Maldive Anemonefish Amphiprion nigripes
2012-09-03 08:12:57

Amphiprion nigripes, also known as the Blackfinned anemonefish or Maldives anemonefish, is a clown fish that is found in the coral reefs of the Maldive Islands and Sri Lanka in the Western Indian Ocean. This bright anemonefish is easily separated from it and all other anemonefishes by the combination of the single white bar and black belly, pelvic fins, and anal fins. It is the only...

Cliff Chipmunk Neotamias dorsalis
2012-07-20 10:53:58

The cliff chipmunk (Neotamias dorsalis) is a bushy-tailed squirrel native to Mexico and western United States. It prefers habitats within boulder fields that frame pinyon-juniper woodlands or within cliff sides. They can often be seen scaling the cliffs, and are very adept at climbing. Instead of reserving fat for the winter, these chipmunks will store food in caches. The cliff chipmunk appears...

Crab-eating Raccoon Procyon cancrivorus
2012-07-20 08:42:55

The crab-eating raccoon (Procyon cancrivorus) is native to South and Central America. Its range includes Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica, and extends to the northern areas of Uruguay and Argentina. It prefers a habitat with abundant water resources. Although the name implies that this raccoon’s diet consists of only crabs, it also consumes other crustaceans, like lobster, as well as fruits,...

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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