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Vampire crab
2015-03-19 15:47:49

With their striking colors and bright yellow eyes, vampire crabs are already popular in the pet trade. However, biologists never really knew where they came from. That is, until a joint team European and Asian team tracked them down.

2015-03-19 08:22:15

Research confirms that neonicotinoids are highly valued by consumers and critically needed by Green Industry professionals to manage pests, safeguard landscapes and protect property MADISON,

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2015-03-12 09:56:51

You know that cockroaches can live through anything, but a new study shows that these pests have individual personalities. Could they get any creepier? We don't think so.

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2015-03-07 16:15:55

After finding a blue crab 80 miles north of its native range, scientist David Johnson began studying the crabs' patterns and linking them to climate change.

2015-02-27 23:06:14

Selfie photographs continue to contribute to the spread of head lice cases in the Miami-Dade area leaving parents and teachers frustrated.

2015-02-27 23:05:03

With head lice cases on the rise throughout schools in southern Florida, parents call for school-wide screenings to help contain the problem.

2015-02-24 23:17:05

Franchise Corporation brings innovative mosquito and tick control solution to the Tampa Convention Center. TAMPA, FL (PRWEB) February 23, 2015 Mosquito

amazonian chick
2015-02-24 08:44:14

In a study published in the January 2015 issue of The American Naturalist, Gustavo A. Londoño, Duván Garcia, and Manuel Sánchez Martínez report a novel nesting strategy observed in a tropical lowland bird that inhabits an area with very high losses to nest predators.

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2015-02-23 14:42:40

Moths with long tails are more likely to survive bat attacks, study says.

ancestral mammals
2015-02-17 10:41:26

Researchers from the US and China have identified the oldest tree-dwelling mammal ancestor and the earliest-known subterranean relative of the phylogenic class, according to a pair of new papers published Friday in the peer-reviewed journal Science.


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
meacock
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).