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River Turtle Population Suffers Decades After Harvesting
2012-09-26 14:34:07

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A recently published study by researchers from the University of Florida has shown how the river-dwelling northern map turtles have struggled to rebuild their populations since an unfortunate era of harvesting in the 1970´s. A previous study of the northern map turtle, which can be found in river systems from Arkansas to Quebec, was compiled by Max Nickerson of the Florida Museum of Natural History. As curator of herpetology,...

Researchers Study Hellbender Salamanders For Answers For Global Amphibian Decline
2011-12-20 10:43:34

A new study co-authored by University of Florida researchers on the endangered Ozark Hellbender giant salamander is the first to detail its skin microbes, the bacteria and fungi that defend against pathogens. Published today in the online journal PLoS One, the study details changes in the salamander's declining health and habitat, and could provide a baseline for how changing ecosystems are affecting the rapid decline of amphibians worldwide. "Scientists and biologists view amphibians...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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