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Von der Deckens Sifaka Propithecus deckenii
2012-05-30 16:37:35

Von der Decken's sifaka (Propithecus deckenii) is a type of lemur that is native only to the Island of Madagascar. It prefers habitats within arid, deciduous forests.  This sifaka has an average body length of 3.5 feet, of which the tail comprises 1.3 to 1.5 feet. Typically, the fur is white in color with hues of yellowish gold, silvery grey, or light brown on the back, limbs, neck, and...

Lowland Streaked Tenrec
2012-04-02 14:40:05

The Lowland Streaked Tenrec, (Hemicentetes semispinosus), is a species of mammal in the Tenrecidae family. It is endemic to Madagascar. Its habitat is tropical lowland rain forest in the northern and eastern parts of Madagascar. This small tenrec is about 4.8 to 6.5 inches in length and weighs about 7 ounces. It has a long snout and limbs, and a vestigal (seemingly useless) tail. It is...

2012-04-02 14:05:59

The Tailless Tenrec, (Tenrec ecaudatus), also known as the Common Tenrec, is a species of mammal in the Tenrecidae family. It is the only member of its genus. It is found in Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion, and Seychelles. It has many habitats within its range, including subtropical and tropical moist lowland or dry forests, subtropical and tropical moist mountains, savanna, shrublands,...

2012-04-02 13:20:02

The Greater Hedgehog Tenrec, (Setifer setosus), also known as the Large Madagascar Hedgehog, is a species of tenrec in the Tenrecidae family. It is the only species in the genus Setifer. Despite its resemblance to the hedgehog, it is of no relation. The Greater Hedgehog Tenrec is native to Madagascar. It has a wide range of habitats including, but not limited to, subtropical and tropical...

Afrotropic Ecozone
2009-07-01 11:55:58

The Afrotropic is one of eight ecozones found on Earth. It includes Africa (south of the Sahara Desert), the southern and eastern borders of the Arabian Peninsula, the island of Madagascar, southern Iran and outermost southwestern Pakistan, and the islands of the western Indian Ocean. The Afrotropic was previously known as the Ethiopian Zone. The Afrotropic has mostly a tropical climate, except...

Nephilengys borbonica
2009-06-17 13:15:28

Nephilengys borbonica is a species of spider native to Madagascar and nearby islands (the Mascarene Islands, Comoro Islands and the Seychelles). In Madagascar, this species is commonly found in houses and buildings. In Réunion, it can be found in cloud forests up to 4,900 feet. The species name borbonica refers to the island of Réunion, which was called Bourbon until 1848. The adult...

Grey-headed Lovebird Agapornis cana
2009-06-04 22:22:11

The Grey-headed Lovebird (Agapornis cana) also known as the Madagascar Lovebird, is a species of parrot that is native to the island of Madagascar and the only lovebird that is not native to the African continent. This mainly green parrot is about 5 inches long and weighs about 1.25 ounces. Sexes are similar in this species. The female is entirely green, with a dark green back and wings, a...

Comet Moth
2009-04-28 21:01:20

The Argema mittrei, more commonly known as the Comet or Moon Moth, is an endangered species. It is a native of Madagascar and that is the only place where one can observe them in the wild. This large silk moth can be bred in captivity and is one of the world's largest moths. Males have an average wing span of nearly 8 inches and a tail span of almost 6 inches. The lifespan of an adult...

Cuckoo-roller
2009-02-16 17:42:07

The Cuckoo-roller (Leptosomus discolor) is the only species of bird in the family Leptosomatidae. It is usually placed in the order Coraciiformes, which includes kingfishers, bee-eaters and rollers. Some evidence actually places this bird within or near to Falconiformes. It is commonly known to English speakers by its French name, Courol. The Cuckoo-roller inhabits forests and woodlands of...

Giant Coua
2009-01-17 16:39:14

The Giant Coua (Coua gigas) is a species of bird from the cuckoo family that is found in western and southeastern Madagascar. Its habitat is dry forest lowlands up to 2300 feet in elevation. Though it is established as Least Concern by the IUCN, this species only thrives in the biological hot spot of Madagascar, and such is warranted as a species of conservational concern. There are 10 species...

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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