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

[ Watch the Video: Ancient Harvestman Arachnid Images Reveal Secrets ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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 hundreds of millions of years. While living harvestmen have a single pair of eyes, a newly-described harvestmen fossil from France shows...

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. These in-demand and hard to find oysters will be grown exclusively for private rack holders with opportunities to participate in the process. Greenport, NY (PRWEB) April 09, 2014 Little Creek Oyster Farm is opening several slots in their Private Oyster Rack Program for the 2014-2015 growing season. Rack holders will participate in a unique...

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

Pensoft Publishers Hidden in one of Australia's most developed and fastest growing areas lives one of the world's smallest freshwater crayfish species. Robert B McCormack the Team Leader for the Australian Crayfish Project described the new species belonging to the genus Gramastacus, after 8 years of research in the swamps and creeks of coastal New South Wales, Australia. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. Being a small crayfish species it has remained...

2014-04-08 23:30:05

Philadelphia implements a new policy against bed bugs, said a report. My Cleaning Products suggested the use of a pesticide-exempt bed bug spray to further help the residents control the spread of the critters. Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) April 08, 2014 Philadelphia has implemented a new policy in an effort to control the spread of bed bugs. A post from newsworks.org relayed the details of it on April 07, 2014. And wanting to also help the residents in controlling the spread of the critters,...

2014-04-07 23:28:58

Bed bugs reportedly cost a shelter in Fargo some $25 000. Wanting to help others avoid such huge bed bug treatment expense, My Cleaning Products shared tips how to kill bed bugs quick. Fargo, ND (PRWEB) April 07, 2014 Bed bugs showed up at a shelter in Fargo, North Dakota. And according to a report from valleynewslive.com, their presence cost the place some $25,000. In connection with it, My Cleaning Products shared a number of tips how to kill bed bugs promptly to avoid such a huge bed...

2014-04-04 23:39:18

Bed bugs reportedly biting the students of a Pitt County elementary school. My Cleaning Products suggested a bed bug spray to help the residents counter the spread of the critters. Burlington, NC (PRWEB) April 03, 2014 Bed bugs were biting the students of a Pitt County Elementary School in North Carolina. And according to a report from witn.com, they were further spreading. In response to it, My Cleaning Products suggested a bed bug spray to help the county residents safely and...

Skipping Meals May Affect Butterfly Wing Size And Coloration
2014-04-04 14:22:08

PLOS Two days without food for larvae may contribute to pale coloration, smaller butterfly wings High food stress may impact wing size and coloration—both indicators of migratory success—in monarch butterflies, according to results published April 2, 2014, in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Haley Johnson from University of Jamestown and colleagues. Monarch butterflies migrate long distances according to the seasons every year. Because this requires so much energy, they...

2014-04-04 11:46:23

University of Guelph researchers have unraveled some of the inner workings of slime produced by one of nature's most bizarre creatures – hagfish. They've learned how the super-strong and mega-long protein threads secreted by the eel-like animals are organized at the cellular level. Their research was published today in the science journal Nature Communications. The slime-making process has fascinated and perplexed biologists for more than 100 years, says lead author Prof. Douglas...

Global Management Of Small Freshwater Biofoulers Carries a Big Price Tag
2014-04-03 11:22:38

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Anyone that has spent time at a seaside pier has witnessed the destruction barnacles wreak on boat hulls. But biofouling animals are not limited to marine environments. A new paper published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment estimates that the global management of freshwater mussels, clams, and other clinging animals costs $277 million US dollars annually. Biofoulers are organisms that accumulate underwater on hard surfaces, to...

2014-04-02 23:04:00

Pilot study conducted by researchers at The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health show a significant reduction in tick bites for outdoor workers wearing Insect Shield. Greensboro, NC & Seattle, WA (PRWEB) April 02, 2014 Insect-borne diseases are now one of the top risks for outdoor workers. Insect transmitted diseases have become one of the fastest growing epidemics to date. Those most at risk are outdoor workers. Currently, US industry spends billions...


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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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