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Arapawa Sheep
2014-09-16 10:49:57

The Arapawa sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that is typically only found on Arapawa Island in New Zealand. It is thought that this breed has been isolated on the island since 1867 and although there are many theories regarding its origin, it is most widely accepted that it is a descendant Merino strains from Australia. Because the Arapawa sheep has lived in an area with harsh terrain for...

Ancon Sheep
2014-09-16 09:59:30

The Ancon sheep, also known as the otter sheep or Ancon, is a group of domestic sheep that were developed from a single lamb in Massachusetts in 1791. Although the name “Ancon” was given to this breed, it has also been used to refer to similar breeds including stock from Texas established in 1962 and Norwegian stock that was established in 1919. The phenotype that causes the mutations that...

Afrikaner Sheep
2014-09-16 09:18:15

The Afrikaner sheep, also known as the cape fat tail, is a breed of domestic sheep that is native to South Africa. It is one of the oldest sheep breeds in that area and is a descendant of sheep brought from the Khoikhoin people in the Middle East. There are two types of this breed, known as the Namaqua Afrikaner and the Ronderib Afrikaner, and it is thought that the Ronderib type was the first...

Ranitomeya Amazonica
2014-09-11 11:50:10

Ranitomeya Amazonica is a poison dart frog belonging to the genus Ranitomeya. It was initially described by Rainer Schulte in 1999 as Dendrobates Amazonicus when he separated it from Dendrobates ventrimaculatus. The validity of the species is still being discussed between scientists. According to Schulte, this frog is 16 to 19 millimeters long with smooth black skin. The torso is laterally...

Welsh Harlequin
2014-09-08 20:14:56

The Welsh harlequin is a breed of domestic duck that was developed in Wales during the twentieth century. Its development began in 1949, when Leslie Bonnet found a coloration mutation in one member of his flock of Khaki Campbells. By 1968, after selectively breeding his flock to hold this color, eggs that would hatch successfully were brought to the United States and later live ducks were...

Rouen Duck
2014-09-08 20:09:22

The Rouen duck is a breed of domestic duck that was developed in France during the nineteenth century. Although it had been developed earlier than the nineteenth century in France, it did not become the modern breed until it was brought to England. The original duck was similar to a mallard in appearance, but selective breeding increased its size and changed its coloration. It was mostly used...

Magpie Duck
2014-09-08 12:28:35

The magpie duck is a breed of domestic duck that originated in the United Kingdom during the nineteenth century. The breed was developed by Oliver Drake and M.C. Gower-Williams, who most likely used selective breeding techniques with the Belgian Huttegem, a breed that was highly similar to the magpie duck. Although it was brought to the United States in 1963 and accepted by the American...

Khaki Campbell
2014-09-08 12:05:02

The khaki Campbell duck, also known as the Campbell duck, is a breed of domestic duck that was developed in England by Mrs. Adah Campbell during the early nineteenth century. The development of this breed began when Campbell bought and Indian runner duck of an unknown type and bred them with the domestic Rouen duck and the wild Mallard. The result was known as the Campbell duck and it could lay...

Mora Romagnola
2014-09-05 10:41:07

The Mora Romagnola, also known as the Bruna Romagnola, Miora, i Forlivese, or the Castagnina, is a breed of domestic pig that originated from northern Italy. It was developed in Emilia-Romagna during the early twentieth century, at which time there were many sub types of the Mora pig that differed from region to region. These included the Forlivese, the Forli, the Mora Riminese, and the...

Taihu Pig
2014-09-05 10:11:41

The Taihu pig is a breed of domestic pig that originated from China that was developed in the area around Taihu Lake. This breed is known for its large amount of strains and they have become popular in many regions throughout the world including the United Kingdom, the United States, France, and Japan. Because all of the strains are able to reproduce efficiently and are resistant to diseases,...

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