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2010-05-27 09:26:32

Findings indicate how wildlife responds to environmental and ecological disasters For marine iguanas living in the Galapagos Islands, an El Niño can be deadly. Some die from starvation while others survive. Scientists have long believed that the difference between life and death for the iguana depended on the animals' ability to secrete the stress hormone corticosterone. Under stressful conditions, corticosterone functions like a spigot by controlling how the body expends...

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2009-10-02 07:20:00

The unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands is being threatened by climate change, and scientists are seeking a way to protect its vulnerable species. The Galapagos wildlife was what helped Charles Darwin develop his thoughts on evolution about 175 years ago. Scientists are now trying to see how global warming is affecting the spectacular yet fragile biodiversity of the islands. About 600 miles west of the Ecuadorian coast sits the volcanic archipelago, which hosts a number of endemic...

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2009-06-02 07:57:30

The Galapagos giant tortoise and other iconic wildlife are facing a new threat from disease, as some of the islands' mosquitoes develop a taste for reptile blood. Scientists from the University of Leeds, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the Galapagos National Park have discovered that while its mainland ancestors prefer the blood of mammals and the occasional bird, the Galapagos form of the black salt marsh mosquito (Aedes taeniorhynchus) has shifted its behavior to feed mainly on...

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2008-11-27 11:15:00

Scientists encourage 'continuous and effective management' and further study of these 'spectacular and emblematic' reptiles The Galapagos Islands, which provided impetus and inspiration for Charles Darwin's seminal work, "On the Origin of Species", are home to unique populations of reptiles. Since the time of man's first visit in the 16th century to this crucial incubator for evolutionary theory, the islands' native plants and animals have faced grave challenges, including severe pressures...

2008-10-01 15:00:27

IN SHORT What: Life In Cold Blood Where: Prime When: 8.35pm, Sunday -------------------- SIR David Attenborough presents the final chapter of his epic overview of life on Earth as he transforms perceptions of cold- blooded animals in Life in Cold Blood. "Reptiles and amphibians are sometimes thought of as slow, dim- witted and primitive," says Sir David. "In fact, they can be lethally fast, spectacularly beautiful, surprisingly affectionate and extremely sophisticated." Sir...

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2007-04-12 03:00:00

By Michael McCarthy The threat is growing to the cradle of evolution. Crucial talks take place today over the increasingly precarious future of the Galapagos Islands, whose unique wildlife inspired Charles Darwin's revolutionary theory. High-ranking United Nations officials will be meet ministers from the government of Ecuador, which owns the volcanic islands 600 miles off its Pacific coast, to discuss how to protect them from the increasing threats posed by immigration, mass tourism,...

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2007-03-18 21:00:00

QUITO, Ecuador - Rescuers dug makeshift pools in the sand around 12 whales beached on the Galapagos Islands, filling the shallow pits with water Sunday in an effort to keep the whales from dying of dehydration. The whales, which are 10 to 30 feet long, came ashore late Saturday near the southern town of Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island, the largest of the Galapagos, said Rosa Leon, a spokeswoman for the Galapagos National Park. The Galapagos Islands, 625 miles off Ecuador's Pacific coast,...

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2005-10-25 19:28:55

QUITO, Ecuador -- A volcano on the largest of the Galapagos Islands erupted for the third straight day Tuesday, but experts said it didn't threaten villagers on the island or the super-sized tortoises that gave the remote archipelago its name. Oscar Carvajal, chief technician of the Galapagos National Park on Isabela island, said tortoises and land iguanas were not threatened because the lava flows were down the northeast slopes of Sierra Negra volcano where there were no animal populations....


Latest Marine Iguana Reference Libraries

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2007-04-15 21:01:43

The Marine Iguana, Amblyrhynchus cristatus, is a unique lizard that is capable of living and foraging in the sea. They are found only on the Galapagos Islands, but have spread to all the islands in the archipelago, and they are sometimes referred to as the "Galapagos marine iguana". It mainly lives on the rocky Galapagos shore, but can also be spotted in marshes and mangrove beaches. The marine iguana can only spend a limited amount of time in the cold sea, where it dives for algae....

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