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Japanese Marten Martes melampus
2012-12-31 14:36:16

The Japanese marten (Martes melampus) is a mammal that is native to Japan. Its native range includes Kyushu, Shikoku, Awaji, and Honshu and it has been introduced into Sado Island, Tsushima Island, and Hokkaido. It prefers a habitat within forests, but it can be found in human populated areas with abundant vegetation. It holds three recognized subspecies. The Japanese marten can reach an...

Yellow-throated Marten
2008-05-05 23:33:38

The Yellow-throated Marten or Himalayan Marten (Martes flavigula), is a species of marten found in Asia. It ranges through the temperate mountainous forests of the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, and East Asia, including the Russian Far East and the Korean Peninsula. It is generally solitary. It is distinguished from the Stone Marten by its large size and long limbs and tail; its tail makes up...

Sable
2007-01-22 16:04:57

The sable (Martes zibellina) is a small mammal. It is closely akin to the martens, living in northern Asia from the Ural Mountains through Siberia and Mongolia to Hokkaidō in Japan. Its range in the wild originally extended through European Russia to Poland and Scandinavia. It has achieved fame for its fur, which is integrated into various clothes fashions. Sables range in color from tan to...

Fisher
2007-01-22 15:56:57

The fisher is a North American marten. Despite its name, this animal seldom eats fish, but is a typical marten. It is a medium sized mustelid, agile in trees and slender enough of body to pursue prey into hollow trees or burrows in the ground. The fisher is found from the Sierra Nevada's in California to the Appalachians in West Virginia and north to New England (where it is often called a...

Pine Marten
2007-01-22 15:53:53

The pine marten (Martes martes) is an animal in the weasel family, native to Northern Europe. It's around the size of a domestic cat. Its body is up to 20.87 in (53 cm) long; its bushy tail can be 9.84 in (25 cm). Males are slightly larger than females. On average a marten weighs 3.3 lb (1.5 kg). Their fur is usually light to dark brown and grows longer and silkier during the winter months....

Beech Marten
2007-01-22 15:40:36

The beech marten (Martes foina), also known as the Stone Marten, is the most common species of marten in Central Europe. Beech martens are long, slender, short-legged predators with long, bushy tails. They grow to a size of 15.75 to 19.69 inches (40 to 50cm) in body length and weigh up to 4.41 lb (2 kg). Their brown coats have a forked white marking at the throat, which distinguishes them in...

American Marten
2007-01-22 15:36:50

The American Marten (Martes americana) is a North American marten sometimes also called the Pine Marten, even though it is a separate species from the European Pine Marten. Some sources believe that the population found in the western United States should be considered a distinct species and given the scientific name Martes caurina. It lives in mature coniferous or mixed forests in Alaska...

Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.