Latest Nocturnality Stories
According to a new study published online recently in the Journal of Animal Ecology, not all animal species are negatively affected by moonlight.
Most species of diurnal mammals have retained the imprint of nocturnal life in their eye structures since the age of dinosaurs. However, anthropoid primates - including humans, monkeys and apes - are the only groups that deviate from this pattern.
Nocturnal bulldog ants are not daunted by low temperatures or neighbouring ants, adopting a clockwork-like hunting schedule throughout the year, a new study reveals.
An international collaboration led by a University of Pennsylvania anthropologist has shown that environmental factors, like temperature and light, play as much of a role in the activity of traditionally nocturnal monkeys as the circadian rhythm that regulates periods of sleep and wakefulness.
Reporting in the online, open-access journal PLoS ONE April 8, Vincenzo Penteriani and Maria Delgado of the Estacion Biologica de DoÃ±ana, Spain, describe the evolution of white throat badges in association with dawn and dusk vocal signals in certain species of nocturnal bird, which maximize the potential for these species to communicate during hours when light is low.
Animal Planet has announced plans to air Night, a new series about the world's most elusive nocturnal animals. The show, for which 31-year-old animal trainer and behaviorist Brandon McMillan will serve as host, is set to debut April 8. I think it's in our nature to be afraid of the dark, McMillan said in a statement.
- Host Brandon McMillan Creeps and Crawls His Way to the World's Most Elusive Nocturnal Animals on April 8 - SILVER SPRING, Md., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Since the dawn of time, man has feared what happens when the lights go out.
Erinaceus is a genus that holds four species of hedgehogs that can be found in Europe, including E. amurensis and E. concolor. The species within this genus have a large range that extends throughout Europe and the Middle East and includes areas of China and Russia. Members of the Erinaceus genus reach an average body length between 7.8 and 11.8 inches and a weight of up to 2.6 pounds. Like all hedgehogs, their most notable feature is their flexible spines, which cover the entire body. As...
The West European Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus), or simply the European hedgehog, is a hedgehog species found throughout the Palaearctic region. It is not found in the Himalayas and North Africa. It is not commonly found above 60Â°N in latitude. The only exceptions are Finland, Sweden and the Northwestern-most parts of Russia. This hedgehog is about 7.87 in (20 cm) long. It lives in woodland, farmland and suburban areas. It is nocturnal, and if alarmed will roll itself into a ball....
- The act of lurking; skulking about; hiding; keeping from sight.