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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...

Extinct Arthropod Had Big Claws Spider Brain
2013-10-16 15:15:35

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While finding an intact fossil of any kind can be an exciting discovery, an international team of paleontologists recently discovered the earliest known complete nervous system in the fossil of a never-before described creature that crawled or swam in the ocean some 520 million years ago, according to a report in the journal Nature. The researchers said the fossil belongs to an extinct group of marine arthropods known as megacheirans,...

Treasure Trove Of Jewel-like Beetles Discovered
2013-10-15 12:05:26

Pensoft Publishers The bottomless pit of insect biodiversity has yielded a treasure trove of new species of jewel-like clown beetles. In a paper published today in the journal ZooKeys, Michael Caterino and Alexey Tishechkin of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History describe 85 new species in the genus Baconia, renowned for their brilliant coloration and bizarrely flattened body forms. The new species bring the genus up to 116 total species. The new species, mainly from North and...

European Shrimp Win Predatory Battles With An American Invader
2013-10-11 12:24:02

Pensoft Publishers A shrimp from America has been invading Europe's rivers and lakes for several decades, but something seems to be preventing this colonist from becoming numerous and problematic, like so many other invaders - such as the Californian grey squirrel and American crayfish. Could the resident European shrimp have something to do with this? Jaimie Dick and his colleagues mapped the occurrence of the interloper and found it only existed where native shrimp were absent or...

Lack Of Rain Halts Migration Patterns Of Christmas Island Crabs
2013-10-11 08:56:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Christmas Island red crab makes a hard and amazingly-precise journey every year from its earthen burrow to the shores of the Indian Ocean for weeks of mating and egg-laying. The crabs are native to the Australian territories of Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. When the November rains begin, millions of the crabs begin rolling across the island roads and landscape in crimson waves. Crabs scuttle for two weeks...

Massive Spruce Beetle Outbreak In Colorado Tied To Drought
2013-10-10 13:03:38

University of Colorado Boulder A new University of Colorado Boulder study indicates drought high in the northern Colorado mountains is the primary trigger of a massive spruce beetle outbreak that is tied to long-term changes in sea-surface temperatures from the Northern Atlantic Ocean, a trend that is expected to continue for decades. The new study is important because it shows that drought is a better predictor of spruce beetle outbreaks in northern Colorado than temperature alone,...

Ants More Genetically Similar To Bees Than Wasps
2013-10-08 15:17:01

[ Watch the Video: Who Could Be The Ant's Next Of Kin? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of scientists from the University of California, Davis found that ants are more closely related to bees than to most wasps. Scientists originally believed that ants and bees were more distantly related, with ants being closer to certain parasitoid wasps. However, researchers publishing a paper in the journal Current Biology say that ants and bees are more genetically...

2013-10-07 23:30:28

Bed bugs heavily infested a Tucson apartment unit, a report said. My Cleaning Products offered the resident a help with its Complimentary Bed Bug Bully. Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) October 07, 2013 Bed bugs had taken over a woman's apartment in a Tucson residential complex. A report from kvoa.com shared the details about it on October 03, 2013. And in response to it, My Cleaning Product suggested to the resident the use of a pesticide-exempt bed bug spray to kill bed bugs promptly and...

Study Shows Zebra Mussels Resistant To Deadly Toxin
2013-10-03 16:56:29

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Already known as a menace around the Great Lakes, with a “Tribble-like” capacity to reproduce, zebra mussels are unaffected by a deadly toxin that wipes out other freshwater mussels, according to a new study in the Journal of Proteome Research. When blue-green algae flourish in freshwater, they release a toxin that stresses and weakens most freshwater mussels, but not zebra mussels. Study researchers said the finding is bad...


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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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