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Running For Life: How Speed Restricts Evolutionary Change Of The Vertebral Column
2014-07-15 03:30:37

One of the riddles of mammal evolution explained: the strong conservation of the number of trunk vertebrae.

Predatory Characteristics Of Extinct Sea Scorpion Reexamined
2014-07-11 10:42:07

Scientists from Yale University studied the extinct pterygotid eurypterid, a giant sea scorpion, the largest arthropod that ever lived. It was always believed to be a fierce predator, but a recent study revealed that may not have been the case.

2014-07-10 12:31:41

The spread of damaging invasive forest pests is only partially powered by the insects’ own wings.

Frog Larvae Have Developed A Defensive Response Against The Red Swamp Crayfish
2014-07-10 03:35:29

The common frog is one of the amphibians with the highest distribution in the Iberian Peninsula. It reproduces preferably in permanent areas of water where it comes into contact with the red swamp crayfish, which preys on its larvae.

2014-07-09 11:18:56

Researchers at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences dug into the last 70 years of peer-reviewed publications about protozoan parasites that infest bivalve mollusks and found that when an organism can be cultured in the laboratory, more papers and greater understanding result.

2014-07-08 23:13:57

RESCUE!® fly traps are proven summer solutions for nuisance or filth flies. Spokane, WA (PRWEB) July 08, 2014 Flies are common, annoying and unsanitary.

2014-07-03 10:08:00

A new species of spider wasp, the 'Bone-house Wasp,' may use chemical cues from dead ants as a nest protection strategy.

Plants Respond To Leaf Vibrations Caused By Chewing Caterpillars
2014-07-02 03:34:36

researchers determined that plants respond to the sounds that caterpillars make when eating plants and that the plants respond with more defenses.

Gene Silencing Technology Alters Sex Of Prawns
2014-07-01 03:28:58

Israeli scientists have developed a novel method for generating single-sex populations of prawns. This could be used to boost the productivity of aquaculture farms and even as a biocontrol measure against invasive species and pests.

Bloodsucking Parasite Threatens UK Honeybees
2014-06-27 03:23:24

Scientists have discovered how a bloodsucking parasite has transformed Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) into one of the biggest threats facing UK honeybees.


Latest Phyla Reference Libraries

Lepas anserifera
2014-12-10 12:28:36

Lepas anserifera is a species of goose barnacle that can be found in tropical and temperate seas floating on flotsam and timber or attached to whales and the hulls of ships. This species, and others that share its genus, received its common name from its shape, which is like a goose, as well as the myth that goose eggs hatched from the barnacles. Lepas anserifera has a shell, or capitulum, that is surrounded by six plates that are white in color and is supported by stalk, also known as a...

Maylasian Earthtiger Tarantula, Cyriopagopus shioedtei
2014-10-04 17:28:02

The Maylasian Earthtiger Tarantula (Cyriopagopus schioedtei) is a large and colorful tree-dwelling tarantula from the subfamily Ornithoctoninae. The legspan of this large spider is 22 centimeters. The carapace length is over 3 centimeters. There is a distinct sexual dimorphism. The male is olive green colored with faint yellow leg striation. The male also has a blunt tibial apophysis and long slender legs. The sex of the sub adult males can be easily distinguished by the epigynal fusillae...

Singapore Blue, Lampropelma violaceopes
2014-09-22 17:06:17

The Singapore Blue (Lampropelma violaceopes) is a large tree-dwelling species of tarantula from Malaysia and Singapore. These spiders have been known to grow in excess of nine inches across. The body is a very colorful blue with brown or gold colored carapace. The male equivalent is normally not as vibrant. The diet is made up primarily of beetles, cockroaches, crickets, pinky mice, birds, and other small animals. During feeding, the abdomen will often increase in size two-fold. Image...

Togo Starburst, Heteroscodra maculata
2014-09-22 17:03:43

The Togo Starburst (Heteroscodra maculata), known also as the Ornamental Baboon, is an Old World species of tarantula which was initially described in 1899 by Reginald Innes Pocock. This species is native to West Africa and is found mostly in Togo and Ghana. These tarantulas can reach their full size after about three years. When they are fully grown, they can reach leg spans of up to five inches. They are characterized by their chalky white coloration with mottled black and brown...

Western Desert Tarantula, Aphonopelma chalcodes
2014-09-22 16:18:33

The Western Desert Tarantula (Aphonopelma chalcodes), known also as the Arizona Blond Tarantula or the Mexican Blond Tarantula, is a species of spider belonging to the family Theraphosidae. It has a limited distribution within the deserts of Arizona and adjacent parts of Mexico but can be very common within this range. The common name “blond tarantula” is in reference to the carapace, which is densely covered in pale hairs and contrasts strongly with the all-dark colored legs and abdomen....

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Word of the Day
dapifer
  • One who brings meat to the table; hence, in some countries, the official title of the grand master or steward of the king's or a nobleman's household.
The word 'dapifer' comes from Latin roots meaning 'feast' and 'bearer'.