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Banjo catfish
2007-02-21 17:24:21

Aspredinidae (order Siluriformes), also known as the Banjo catfish, is a family of freshwater fish found in the rivers or in coastal brackish water of South America. Banjo catfish lack an adipose fin. They received this name because of their flat bodies, resembling a small banjo. There are around thirteen genera and 33 species of banjo catfish. These fish are primarily nocturnal and bury their...

2007-02-21 15:55:40

The Anostomidae are a family of fish that belong to order Characiformes (ray-finned fish). They are primarily found in South America. They usually have elongated bodies and small, apical to upturned mouths. Headstanders may orient themselves from 45 up to 90 degrees at times.

False Water Cobra
2007-02-18 23:24:24

The False Water Cobra, Hydrodynastes gigas, is a venomous species found in South America. The common name (false water cobra) is an allusion to its ability to flatten its head, similar to a cobra as a defensive reaction to make it look larger and more intimidating. There are no subspecies of this particular snake. Primarily a diurnal species, this is an extremely active and inquisitive...

Orinoco Crocodile
2007-01-23 15:30:22

The Orinoco Crocodile, Crocodylus intermedius, is found in freshwater in northern South America, in particular the Orinoco river. It is restricted heavily to the Orinoco river drainage basin and the Meta river drainage basin in Colombia and Venezuela. It is also known to frequent the Llanos savannah during certain times of the year. They grow to over 20 feet in length, and are one of the...

Spectacled Caiman
2007-01-23 14:56:02

The Spectacled Caiman, Caiman crocodilus, is a crocodilian reptile found in much of Central and South America. It lives in a range of lowland wetland and river habitat and can tolerate salt water as well as fresh. Due to this adaptable behavior, it is the most common species of caiman. Males of this species are between 6 and 8.2 feet long, while females are smaller, usually around 4 and a...

Crab-eating Fox
2007-01-22 13:25:44

The crab-eating fox (Cerdocyon thous), also known as the crab-eating zorro, is a medium-sized canid found in the central part of South America. This fox is currently the only member of genus Cerdocyon, but an extinct species is known from the Pleistocene. This creature was probably similar to the crab-eating fox. The crab-eating fox is predominantly grayish-brown with areas of red on the...

Black-headed Spider Monkey
2006-12-28 14:03:39

The black-headed spider monkey, Ateles fusciceps, is a species of spider monkey. It is a type of New World monkey, from Central and South America. It is found in Colombia, Ecuador and Panama.

Mantled Howler
2006-12-28 13:56:48

The mantled howler (Alouatta palliata), or sometimes the golden-mantled howling monkey, is a species of howler monkey. It is a type of New World monkey, from Central and South America.

White-eared Titi
2006-12-28 13:49:30

The White-eared Titi, Callicebus donacophilus, also known as the Bolivian Titi or Bolivian Gray Titi, is a species of titi. It is a type of New World monkey. It is from South America. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay. It is known for entwining its tail with another when a pair is sitting together.

Red-footed tortoise
2006-12-26 16:07:31

Image Credit: Thinkstock.com The Red-footed tortoise, Geochelone carbonaria, known in Brazil as Jabuti, is a tortoise from South America. They live in tropical forests and grasslands in northern South America and some islands of the Caribbean. It draws its name from the red and orange scales visible on its limbs, as well as its head and tail. It is protected by CITES* as an endangered...

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.