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Clown knifefish Chitala chitala
2014-06-10 14:52:03

The clown knifefish (Chitala chitala) is a fish species that inhabits the Indus, Ganges, Brahmaputra and Mahanadi river basins, ranging from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. It is also sometimes known as the Indian featherback. The Chitala genus was once thought to contain several separate species, but now are known to be a separate species. The maximum length of the clown knifefish is...

European Flounder Platichthys flesus
2014-06-10 12:47:18

The European flounder (Platichthys flesus) is a species of fish inhabiting the White, Mediterranean and Black Seas.  It is native to the north eastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea and has been introduced to the United States and Canada possibly by ballast water (water stored in the hull of a ship for stability). It has also been introduced to Iran. It is normally found at low...

Central Mudminnow Umbra limi
2014-06-05 13:20:20

The central mudminnow (Umbra limi) is a species of freshwater fish found in central and eastern North American lakes, streams and wetlands. Its range includes the Appalachian Mountains, St Lawrence River, The Great Lakes, Hudson Bay and many other centrally located waters and tributaries. They prefer slow moving marshland, around ponds and rivers, but with their habitat being destroyed by human...

Northern Stargazer Astroscopus guttatus
2014-06-05 12:05:00

The northern stargazer (Astroscopus guttatus) is a species of fish inhabiting the shores between North Carollina and New York, United States. It can be found to depths of 120 feet on sandy bottoms. The scientific name translates as Astroscopus, meaning “one who aims at the stars,” and guttatus, meaning “speckled” for the spots on the fish’s back. The length of the northern...

Atlantic Stargazer Uranoscopus scaber
2014-06-05 10:28:52

The Atlantic stargazer (Uranoscopus scaber) is a subtropical fish species that is widespread along the Atlantic coasts of Europe and Africa. It is also common in the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea. It inhabits the sandy or muddy sediments of the continental shelf at depths of 46 to 1,300 feet. The body of the Atlantic stargazer is somewhat flat and is usually eight to twelve inches long....

Prowfish Zaprora silenus
2014-05-30 12:05:29

The prowfish (Zaprora silenus) is a subtropical species of a perch-like fish found in the northern Pacific Ocean. The range of the prowfish is from the Aleutian Islands, Alaska to Kamchatka, Russia, from Navarin Canyon in the Bering Sea to Hokkaido, Japan and Monterey, California. The preferred habitat of the prowish is rocky bottom at a maximum of 2,200 feet in depth where they spend most of...

Western Quoll Dasyurus geoffroii
2014-05-24 17:09:58

The western quoll (Dasyurus geoffroii), also known as the western native cat and by many native names, is a species of marsupial that can be found in Australia. This species once held a large range, but it is now limited to the southwestern corner of Western Australia. It prefers to reside in arid and moist mallee and sclerophyll forests. It was first described by John Gould in 1841, when it...

Southern Marsupial Mole Notoryctes typhlops
2014-04-30 10:58:40

The southern marsupial mole (Notoryctes typhlops) is a species of marsupial that can be found in southwest Australia. It has been recorded in desert habitats with soft sand and spinifex grasses, but the habitat preferences of this species is currently unknown. Its range is thought to include northern areas of South Australia and the Northern Territory, as well as the Gibson and Great Victoria...

Monito del Monte Dromiciops gliroides
2014-04-30 10:08:55

The monito del monte (Dromiciops gliroides), Spanish for little bush monkey, is a species of marsupial that can only be found in southwestern areas of South America, specifically in Argentina and Chile. This species prefers to reside in Valdivian temperate rain forests and mountain bamboo forests. It was once thought that this species is descended from marsupials living in Australia, but...

Volcano Rabbit Romerolagus diazi
2014-04-25 10:20:30

The volcano rabbit (Romerolagus diazi), known locally as zacatuche or teporingom, is a species of rabbit that can be found in Mexico. This species resides near four volcanoes within its range, including El Pelado, but its range is limited to only sixteen small areas. The majority of individuals reside at higher elevations grasslands or in pine and alder forests. The volcano rabbit reaches an...

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  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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