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Onager
2007-08-23 03:17:19

The Onager (Equus hemionus), is a large mammal belonging to the horse family. It is native to the deserts of Syria, Iran, Pakistan, India, Israel, and Tibet. It is sometimes referred to as the half ass or Asian Wild Ass. There are six subspecies recognized, of which one is extinct and two endangered. Their range has contracted greatly under pressures of hunting and habitat loss. Onagers are...

Nilgiri Tahr
2007-08-13 03:07:35

The Nilgiri Tahr (Nilgiritragus hylocrius), is an ungulate native to the Nilgiri Hills and the southwestern portion of the Western Ghats range in India. It is known locally as the Nilgiri Ibex or simply Ibex. The Nilgiri Tahr is more closely related to sheep than it is to other Tahrs. Its habitat is open mountain grassland within the mountain rain forests eco-region above 6500 feet generally....

Grizzled Giant Squirrel
2007-06-25 10:31:26

The Grizzled Giant Squirrel, Ratufa macroura, is a large species of squirrel found in Sri Lanka and in the forests of southern India. The species is found in patches of river forest along the Kaveri River in south India and also in hill forests towards the southern tip of peninsular India and in parts of Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka race is R. macroura dandolena from the Singhalese name of...

Indian Giant Squirrel
2007-06-25 10:30:27

The Indian Giant Squirrel, Ratufa indica, is a large forest squirrel found in South Asia. It is sometimes called the Malabar Squirrel in India. It is distributed in tropical forest along the Western Ghats, central and north eastern India and Nepal. Adult squirrels grow to about 3.3 feet long and weigh around 4.4 pounds. Its coat can be off-white, red, or almost black, though some colour...

Madras Treeshrew Indian Treeshrew
2007-06-25 09:28:04

The Madras Treeshrew, Anathana ellioti, also known as the Indian Treeshrew, is found in the hill forests of central and southern India. This species is named after Sir Walter Elliot of the Indian Civil Services in Madras. This treeshrew is 6.3 to 7.3 inches long with a tail 6.5 to 7.75 inches long. It is easily separated from the squirrels in the field by the shape and color of the tail and...

Barasingha
2007-06-25 08:54:26

The Barasingha, Cervus duvaucelii, is a species of deer native to India and Nepal. It is also found in the United States in the state of Texas on hunting ranches where it was introduced a hundred years ago. In the Terai the deer lives on marshland and is rarely seen outside it. In Central India they live in grasslands in the proximity of forests. Today the species has disappeared entirely from...

Chital Deer
2007-06-25 08:41:41

The Chital Deer, Axis axis, is a species of deer that is commonly found in the wooded regions of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and most of India. It is the most common species of deer in Indian forests. Other common names given to this species are the Spotted Deer, and the Axis Deer. Its coat is reddish fawn, marked with white spots, and it's under parts are white. Its antlers, which it sheds...

Green Vine Snake
2007-06-25 07:22:46

The Green Vine Snake, Ahaetulla nasuta, is a slender tree snake found all over India except for very arid zones of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. This snake is diurnal and only mildly venomous. It is bright green or pale brown. Adults grow to about 5 feet long. The green vine snake feeds on frogs and lizards. It is a slow moving snake and relies on its...

Mahseer
2007-04-13 19:41:12

Mahseers are large-scaled carp of the family Cyprinidae, prized game fish generally found in India and southern Asia. They were originally described by Francis Buchanan-Hamilton in 1822, and first mentioned as an angling challenge by the Oriental Sporting Magazine in 1833, soon becoming a favorite quarry of British anglers living in India. The Golden Mahseer has been known to reach 9 ft in...

Indian Flap-shelled Turtle
2007-03-19 18:46:45

The Indian Flap-shelled Turtle, Lissemys punctata, is a species of turtle found in South Asia. They are widespread and not uncommon. Its range includes Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh, and Burma (Irrawaddy and Salween rivers). It has been introduced to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is also found in the desert ponds of Rajasthan where hundreds are killed every year during...

Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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