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2014-04-14 23:10:34

Bed bugs infested a Marine base in North Carolina, said a report.

Fruit Flies Use Not Just Eyes, But Antennae To Control Air Speed
2014-04-11 14:20:00

Geneticists may know the fruit fly genus Drosophila as go-to organisms for their research, but a new study focused instead on how these insects go into a sort of “cruise control” while in flight.

2014-04-10 16:21:59

USDA's Campaign Anti-Hero, 'Vin Vasive,' Lends a Creepy Hand in New, Compelling Videos WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Sunken Logs Create New Habitats For Seafloor Animals
2014-04-10 14:25:36

When it comes to food, most of the deep sea is a desert. Many seafloor animals feed on marine snow—the organic remnants of algae and animals that live in the sunlit surface waters, far above.

Scientists Find Four Eyes In 305M-Year-Old Daddy Longlegs Fossil
2014-04-10 13:42:21

A group of arachnids known as harvestmen -- or more commonly daddy longlegs -- are known from every continent on the planet except for Antarctica. These spindly-legged creatures have been creeping and crawling around for millions of years.

2014-04-09 23:31:16

Little Creek Oyster Farm and Northforkoysters.com have opened new slots in their exclusive Private Rack Program for the 2014-2015 growing season.

New Tiny Species Of Crayfish Discovered In The Swamps Of Coastal Eastern Australia
2014-04-09 09:09:09

Hidden in one of Australia's most developed and fastest growing areas lives one of the world's smallest freshwater crayfish species.

2014-04-08 23:30:05

Philadelphia implements a new policy against bed bugs, said a report.


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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