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Remarkable 277 New Wasp Species Discovered In Costa Rica
2013-11-06 11:56:18

Pensoft Publishers Costa Rica reveals astonishing biodiversity of braconid wasps, with 277 new species of the tribe Heterospilini described in the latest special issue of the open access journal ZooKeys. This is the second part of an extensive two-part study of the braconid subfamily Doryctinae from Costa Rica, the first part published In this part, the authors Paul M. Marsh, and Alexander L. Wild and James B. Whitfield, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, describe a total of...

Mysterious Wasting Virus Killing Starfish Along West Coast
2013-11-04 15:04:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online California marine biologists are reporting the spread of a mysterious bacteria that is killing starfish up and down the West Coast – transforming the echinoderms into piles of goo in the process. “They essentially melt in front of you,” Pete Raimondi, a biologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, told The Santa Rosa Press Democrat. The affected animals form white lesions on their exterior that grow and occasionally...

2013-11-04 12:29:48

CIUDAD OBREGON, Mexico, Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill's animal nutrition business, a global feed and nutrition company, is hosting a two-day workshop, Nov. 12-13, in Ciudad Obregon to explore strategies to help customers deal with a new bacterial disease causing mass mortalities at cultivated shrimp farms in northwestern Mexico. The disease, known as Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) or Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease (AHPND), has caused large-scale die-offs of...

2013-11-04 12:26:28

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Daniel Pearl Foundation (www.danielpearl.org) today announced that the 12th Annual World Music Days was celebrated at 867 events in 29 countries. The annual event, which takes place every October 1-31, encourages musicians of all genres to take a moment during their performances to acknowledge and celebrate with audiences the ideals that journalist and musician Daniel Pearl stood for: Uniting people through words and music and promoting...

RoboRoach Project Not Getting Rave Reviews From PETA
2013-11-01 14:33:01

[ Watch the Video: PETA Doesn’t Like The Idea Of Remote-Controlled Roaches ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Earlier this year a new Kickstarter campaign launched that allowed people to fund a project to control cockroaches using an iPhone, and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is finally speaking out against the project, months later. RoboRoach is a device that hijacks a cockroach’s antennae, allowing a user to tell the insect to turn...

2013-10-29 23:03:41

Horne’s Pest Control has the proper experience and knowledge needed to combat the Common Bed Bug. Martinez, GA (PRWEB) October 29, 2013 The Common Bed Bug is a parasitic insect usually found in mattresses that feeds on human blood during the night. Bed Bugs are one of the earlier-referenced “pests” on record having first been mentioned in 400 B.C. It has been a human parasite for thousands of years. From about 77 A.D. and into the 18th Century many people thought they had...

2013-10-22 12:24:52

Specialty sporting goods retailer provides gear, tips and tricks for making a catch LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- It's officially lobster season, and specialty sporting goods retailer, Sport Chalet, has everything you need to dive in and make a catch. Diving for lobsters may not be a common pastime for most, but with a few tips and the right gear anyone can jump in, have fun and enjoy fresh lobster. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130509/LA11443LOGO) "The Experts at...

Ecological Impacts Linked To Poorly Camouflaged Walking Sticks
2013-10-22 06:31:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers studying the evolution of a California walking stick into two separate, distinct forms have found that such rapid changes in a creature’s appearance can set off a chain of ecological impacts. Investigators from the Univeristy of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Helsinki report that the evolution of the species Timema cristinae resulted in two unique individuals – one that is all green in color and well...

2013-10-18 23:01:23

Harvest quotas reflect Alaska's commitment to sustainable wild seafood. Juneau, Alaska (PRWEB) October 18, 2013 Today, October 18th 2013, marks the start of the 2013-2014 harvest season for Bristol Bay red king crab, Bristol Bay tanner crab, and Alaska Bering Sea snow crab, three legendary and sought-after varieties of seafood. Collectively these fisheries represent the most significant numbers in terms of Alaska’s crab harvest. The 2013 Total Allowable Catches (TACs), which are...

Development Of Cryptic Worms Provides New Insights Into Molluscan Evolution
2013-10-18 12:20:59

University of Vienna There are still a lot of unanswered questions about mollusks, e.g. snails, slugs and mussels. The research group of Andreas Wanninger, Head of the Department of Integrative Zoology of the University of Vienna, took a detailed look at the development of cryptic worms. The larvae of the "wirenia argentea" hold a much more complex muscular architecture than their adults -- they remodel during their metamorphosis. That's a clue that the ancestors had a highly complex...


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Silky Anteater, Cyclopes didactylus
2014-04-14 10:24:36

The silky anteater (Cyclopes didactylus), also known as the pygmy anteater, is a species of anteater that can be found in South and Central America in a rage that extends from southern Veracruz and  Oaxaca, through most of Central America, to Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, and on the island of Trinidad. This species prefers to reside in a number of forested habitats including semi deciduous forests, mangrove forests, and tropical rainforests. It can be found at elevations between sea level...

Vernal Pool Tadpole Shrimp, Lepidurus packardi
2014-04-11 11:50:16

The vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi) is a species of shrimp that can be found in California and southern areas of Oregon. Its range includes the Agate Desert in Oregon and many areas in California including the Central Coast, the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys, and the southern foothills of the Sierra Nevada. This species prefers to reside in vernal pools, which are now rare, but it can be found in other freshwater habitats including ditches, reservoirs, and ponds. The...

False Potto, Pseudopotto martini
2014-04-10 15:04:58

The false potto (Pseudopotto martini) is a primate that is thought to occur in Equatorial Africa. It is the only species classified within the genus Pseudopotto and has been studied using only the skeletal remains of two specimens. These were previously classified with the potto (Perodicticus potto) but were found to have enough distinctions to be classified as a species, although some argue that it could actually part of the West African potto species. Currently, the false potto is listed...

Southern House Spider, Kukulcania hibernalis
2014-04-08 10:12:47

The Southern House Spider (Kukulcania hibernalis) is a species of large North American spider which display strong sexual dimorphism. The males may be mistaken for the Brown Recluse due to the similar coloration and body structure. However, compared to the Brown Recluse, male Southern House Spiders are usually larger in size, lack the distinctive violin shape on their cephalothorax, and have abnormally long and slender pedipalps. The females are a dark brown or black color and more compact....

Eastern Mouse Spider, Missulena bradleyi
2014-04-07 16:16:36

The Eastern Mouse Spider (Missulena bradleyi) is a species of spider belonging to the Actinopodidae family. The spider is native to the east coast of Australia. The common name of the mouse spider comes from the mistaken belief that this spider excavates a deep mouse-like burrow. The females are black overall and are larger in size than the males. The males are black with a bluish-white colored patch on the front of their abdomen. Mouse spiders vary from 10 to 35 millimeters long and...

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