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Colugos Cynocephalidae
2014-08-05 09:51:41

Cynocephalidae is a family that holds three species of gliding, tree dwelling mammals known as culugos or flying lemurs, only two of which are living. These species, known as the Philippine flying lemur and the Sunda flying lemur, can be found in tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia. Culugos range in size between fourteen and sixteen inches and they have a slender body with long legs and a...

Sandalwood Pony
2014-05-22 11:13:41

The Sandalwood Pony is one of eight breeds of pony that is native to Indonesia. The Sandalwood inhabits the Sumba and Sumbawa Islands and is closely related to the other breeds of Indonesia. The Batak Pony, Gayoe, Deli Pony, Java Pony, Sumba and Sumbawa Pony and the Timor Pony are the other breeds of the islands. Its name comes from the Sandalwood tree, a major export of the country. It is a...

Northern White-Cheeked Gibbon Nomascus leucogenys
2014-04-17 15:32:09

The Northern White-Cheeked Gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys) is a species of gibbon that is native to South East Asia. It is closely related to the Southern White-Cheeked Gibbon (Nomascus siki) with which it was formerly thought to be conspecific. The females of the two species are virtually impossible to tell apart in their appearance. The genome of this species was sequenced and published in...

Agile Gibbon Hylobates agilis
2014-04-17 15:21:14

The Agile Gibbon (Hylobates agilis), known also as the Black-Handed Gibbon, is an Old World primate belonging to the gibbon family. It can be found in Indonesia on the island of Sumatra, Malaysia, and southern Thailand. The species is classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List because of destruction of habitat and the pet trade. The species is usually though to have subspecies, but some...

Nycticebus kayan
2014-04-16 11:34:17

Nycticebus kayan is a species of slow loris and a primate that can be found in northern and central areas of Borneo. Its range extends into East Kalimantan and Malaysia. This species prefers to reside in highland areas and it was named after a river that extends through its range known as the Kayan River. It was once classified with the Bornean slow loris, but studies conducted in 2013,...

Pagai Island Macaque Macaca pagensis
2014-04-14 12:26:36

The Pagai Island Macaque (Macaca pagensis), known also as the Pagai Macaque or Bokkoi, is an Old World monkey that is native to the Mentawai Islands off of the west coast of Sumatra. It is classified as Critically Endangered under the IUCN Red List because of its ever-shrinking habitat. It previously included the overall darker M. siberu as a subspecies, but this agreement is polyphyletic,...

Aswang
2014-01-20 10:15:00

The aswang is a creature from Philippine folklore and is featured in many myths and stories of that culture. Other names for the aswang are, tik-tik, wak-wak, bal-bal, and sok-sok. It was also the most feared of the mythical creatures dating back to the sixteenth century. The aswang is described as a combination of a vampire and a werewolf with bloodshot eyes. However, no definite...

Manananggal
2014-01-19 12:54:59

The manananggal is a mythical creature in Philippine folklore. It is similar to the western vampire in looks as well as behavior. They are said to dislike garlic and salt, also are said to avoid, light, vinegar, spices, daggers, and the tail of a stingray. The name manananggal derives from the word tanggal which means to separate. Translation for the word manananggal is "one who separates...

Sulawesi Bear Cuscus Ailurops ursinus
2013-08-21 14:19:04

The Sulawesi bear cuscus (Ailurops ursinus), also known as the Sulawesi bear phalanger, is marsupial that is classified within the Phalangeridae family. It can be found in Sulawesi, Indonesia, and neighboring islands. It prefers a habitat within tropical or subtropical arid or moist forests, at elevations of up to 1,968 feet above sea level. The Sulawesi bear cuscus is an arboreal animal,...

Moluccan Flying Fox Pteropus chrysoproctus
2013-06-25 12:28:45

The Moluccan flying fox (Pteropus chrysoproctus), also known as the Ambon flying fox, is a species of megabat that can be found in Indonesia. Its range includes the Maluku Islands, Ambon, Buru, and Seram Island. It prefers a habitat within forests at elevations of up to 820 feet above sea level. The range of this species is relatively small, reaching 12,427 miles, and it is threatened by...

Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.