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Iberian Frog Rana iberica
2014-11-05 11:55:24

The Iberian Frog (Rana iberica), is a species of frog belonging to the Ranidae family located in Portugal and Spain. Its natural habitats include rivers, mountain streams and swamps. It is threatened by loss of habitat, introduced species, water contamination, increased ultraviolet radiation, and climate change. This frog can grow to about 2.8 inches long but a more normal size is about 2...

Iberian Pig
2014-08-13 11:40:37

The Iberian pig, also known as the black Iberian pig, is a breed of domestic pig that originated on the Iberian Peninsula in areas including Spain and Portugal. It is thought that this breed can be traced back to the Neolithic era, when animal domestication first began, but the most accepted theory pertaining to the origin of this breed states that domesticated pigs were brought over by the...

Cachena Cattle
2014-07-14 10:54:10

The Cachena is a breed of cattle from Portugal. It is also bred in Galicia and Spain. A larger breed, the Barrosao cattle is also bred in Portugal and the Cachena is sometimes considered to be a variant of it. The Cachena was developed by crossbreeding local yellow and brown cattle breeds. The Cachena’s climate is hot and dry in the summer and cold and humid in the winter. They are...

Arouquesa Cattle
2014-07-04 10:20:33

The Arouquesa is a breed of cattle from Portugal and is in protected geographical status. Its range of habitat is restricted to the Northern Portuguese districts of Viseu, Aveiro, Porto and Braga. It is a small breed with the cow only reaching a height of about 48 inches and weighing between 790 and 950 pounds. The bull is slightly bigger at about 52 inches high and will weigh about the same...

Black Scabbardfish Aphanopus carbo
2013-02-02 08:04:02

Image Credit: R Mintern/Wikipedia The black scabbardfish is native to the North Atlantic Ocean in deep water ranging from the Southern United States to Northern Africa, and heavily populated around Greenland and Iceland. The depth range of the adult of this species is from 600 feet to a mile, and the juvenile depth range is from 300 - 3,000 feet. The body of the black scabbardfish is...

Prunus lusitanica L Portugal laurel
2012-06-14 12:09:00

Symbol: PRLU Group: Dicot Family: Rosaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Tree Shrub Native Status: L48    I Synonyms:   PRLUM2 Prunus lusitanica L. f. myrtifolia (Mouill.) hort. ex Zabel Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:OR Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants...

Torvosaurus
2010-09-29 15:30:41

Torvosaurus, meaning "savage lizard," is a genus of large theropod dinosaur from the late Kimmeridgian to early Tithonian stage of the Late Jurassic Period. Fossils of Torvosaurus have been found in North America and Portugal. It was first discovered by James Jensen and Kenneth Stadtman in the Morrison Formation at Dry Mesa Quarry, Colorado in 1972. The genus and type species, T. tanneri,...

Miragaia
2010-02-02 15:13:18

Miragaia, named for the area in which it was found (Miragaia, Portugal), is a genus of stegosaurid dinosaur from the Late Jurassic Period (approximately 150 million years ago). A fairly complete half skeleton and partial skull were discovered. It was described by Octávio Mateus and his colleagues in 2009. The type species is M. longicollum. Fragments from a juvenile individual were also...

Common Parsley Frog
2009-01-17 17:34:17

The Common Parsley Frog (Pelodytes punctatus) Is a species of frog that ranges from Spain up to the North of France, including France, Spain, Portugal and a small part of Northwestern Italy. It is found in open, semi-open, and even arid landscapes that are usually made up of Pine and Holm oak stands. They also prefer areas with rich calcium deposits in the soil. It can be found from sea level...

Boscas Newt
2008-11-14 17:17:35

The Bosca's Newt (Triturus boscai), also known as the Iberian Newt, or Tritón Ibérico, is a species of salamander found in Portugal and Spain. It has an extensive range of habitats including temperate forests, shrubby vegetation, rivers, intermittent rivers, swamps, freshwater lakes, intermittent freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, and sandy shores. It also can be found in pastureland,...

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edulcoration
  • The act of sweetening by admixture of some saccharine substance.
The word 'edulcoration' comes from a Latin word meaning 'making sweet'.