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New Bedford Harbor Pollution Prompts PCB-Resistance In Atlantic Killifish
2014-02-12 21:27:20

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution For four decades, waste from nearby manufacturing plants flowed into the waters of New Bedford Harbor—an 18,000-acre estuary and busy seaport. The harbor, which is contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and heavy metals, is one of the EPA’s largest Superfund cleanup sites. It’s also the site of an evolutionary puzzle that researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and their colleagues have been working to solve....

Gulf Oil Spill Still Affecting Marine Ecosystem, Health Defects Found In Fish
2013-05-02 08:48:07

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just over three years ago, the Gulf Coast, still recovering from the devastating effects of 2005's Hurricane Katrina, awakened to the news their region was once again under imminent threat. The Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill spewed an estimated 4.9 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico over 87 days. Despite the feel good, BP-produced Gulf tourism commercials, the full effects of the spill will only be known...

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2010-11-09 08:21:42

A new study shows how an amphibious fish stays alive for up to two months on land. It's all in the skin. Mangrove killifish are small fish"”only about an inch or two long"”that live in temporary pools in the coastal mangrove forests of Central and South America and Florida. During dry seasons when their pools disappear, the fish hole up in leaf litter or hollow logs. As long as they stay moist, they can survive for extended periods out of water by breathing air through their skin....

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2008-01-18 09:05:00

UC Riverside study shows significant evolutionary changes follow predators' indirect effects on ecosystemsRIVERSIDE, Calif. "“ The direct effect predators have on their prey is to kill them. The evolutionary changes that can result from this direct effect include prey that are younger at maturity and that produce more offspring. But killing prey also has indirect effects "“ rarely characterized or measured "“ such as a decline in the number of surviving prey, resulting, in...


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Cavefish, Amblyopsidae
2014-08-06 09:52:18

Amblyopsidae is a family that holds six species of cavefish, also known as blindfish or swampfish, that reside in swampy and dark waters in eastern areas of the United States. Although there are over 170 species of cavefish, only six of these are classified in the Amblyopsidae family, some of which reside in swamps, while others reside in the water systems of caves like those in the Mammoth Caves in the state of Kentucky. Some of the most notable of these species include Chologaster cornuta,...

Ricefish, Adrianichthyidae
2014-08-06 09:41:10

Adrianichthyidae is a family that holds about thirty-two species of ray-finned fish, commonly known as ricefish, which can be found in murky and freshwaters from Japan to India, and in some Areas of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. The common name of this species is derived from the Japanese rice paddies where they are often found. Many of the ricefish species are endangered and it is thought that up to three may already be extinct, like the duck-billed Buntingi. It has been found that many...

Medaka, Oryzias latipes
2012-07-31 11:55:28

Medaka (Oryzias latipes), also known as the Japanese killifish, is a species of ricefish and the only member of the Oryziinae subfamily. It is native to Southeast Asia and is a common occupant of rice paddies in coastal Asia. It is amphidromous, meaning it moves between salt and freshwater at some point during life, and for this reason, is found in both ocean and river habitats. This is a small fish, reaching lengths of 0.75 to 1.55 inches. Due to its hardiness and pleasant coloration,...

Medaka, Oryzias latipes
2009-06-18 17:26:54

The Medaka, also known as the Japanese killifish (Oryzias latipes) is part of the genus Oryzias (ricefish) - the only genus in the family Oryziinae. These natives of Southeast Asia are rather small measuring about 1-2 inches. The Medaka is also a native of rice paddies in coastal Asia. Because of the Medaka's enjoyable coloration and hardiness it is a popular aquarium fish. Medaka's coloration ranges from brown or yellow-gold in the wild, to white along with creamy yellow or orange. Since the...

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