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Sea Creature Believed To Be Extinct Rediscovered In New Zealand
2014-06-18 12:57:16

Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online Recently, Dr. Paul Taylor and some colleagues from the Natural History Museum of London found fossilized remains of Protulophila -- small hydroids similar to jellyfish -- on rocks dated to less than a half-million years ago. These creatures were thought to only be present in the Middle East and Europe, becoming extinct four million years ago. However, a recent discovery in New Zealand has revealed the creature may still exist. The...

2014-06-03 23:16:08

The new mixtape is presented by Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes Promotion. Omaha, NE (PRWEB) June 03, 2014 Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes announces the release of the “Tokin Black Man” mixtape by AJ The Dread. The 18 track project is currently available for download. The mixtape features appearances from Brad of the Chosen. AJ The Dread is an emcee from Omaha, NE. First dropping a freestyle to counter an onslaught of diss raps from his friend Worm, AJ The Dread knew he had a unique delivery and talent...

Phoronis ijimai
2014-04-06 05:31:38

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A team of Japanese researchers has identified a new species of horseshoe worm, making it the 11th member of the phylum Phoronida and the first to be discovered in more than six decades. Horseshoe worms are worm-like invertebrates that live in the water and typically make their homes in rocks, bivalve shells and other hard and soft substrates. The “horseshoe” portion of their name refers to the appearance of their lophophores,...

One Of The 100 Worst Invasive Alien Species In The World Now Found In Europe
2014-03-04 10:34:12

PeerJ One of the consequences of globalization and increased worldwide freight trade is the introduction of invasive alien species. In the list of the 100 worst invasive alien species in the world , there is only one terrestrial flatworm: Platydemus manokwari, also called New Guinea flatworm. This species has now been found in France, Caen, and was identified by an international team led by Jean-Lou Justine of Institute of Systematics, Evolution, Biodiversity, Paris, France (Muséum...

Investigating The Slimy Bioluminscence Of A Hidden Sea Worm
2013-11-14 05:45:54

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study, led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, is investigating the mechanisms behind a little-known marine worm that produces a dazzling bioluminescent display in the form of puffs of blue light, released into seawater. The Chaetopterus marine worm, commonly known as the "parchment tube worm" due to the opaque, cocoon-like cylinders where it makes its home, is found around the world in muddy environments,...

2013-10-15 20:42:22

Better understanding of the movements of C. elegans worm will make a big difference in biomedical research One might wonder why researchers would even care about the nuances of the one-millimeter long nematode worm, let alone take the time to study them. But the answer is simple: they can provide powerful insights into human health and disease. New research performed at Texas Tech University and published in the journal Physics of Fluids demonstrates just that. By studying how this tiny...

Earthworms Can Survive And Recover After Stress From 3-week Drought
2013-09-19 13:20:17

American Society of Agronomy Earthworms are a welcomed sight in many gardens and yards since they can improve soil structure and mixing. But they are hard to find in the drier soils of eastern Colorado where water and organic matter is limited. Adding earthworms to fields where they are not currently found could help enhance the health and productivity of the soil. In areas where droughts are common, though, can earthworms survive? A new study suggests that they can. Earthworms use...

2013-08-15 21:02:47

Scientists question why some suffer and others are better able to cope New research at Rutgers University may help shed light on how and why nervous system changes occur and what causes some people to suffer from life-threatening anxiety disorders while others are better able to cope. Maureen Barr, a professor in the Department of Genetics, and a team of researchers, found that the architectural structure of the six sensory brain cells in the roundworm, responsible for receiving...

New Bizarrely Shaped Spoon Worm Discovered In Japan
2013-06-27 13:28:02

Pensoft Publishers A new species of the peculiarly shaped spoon worms has been recently discovered in Japan, and described in the open access journal Zookeys. These animals derive their name from their elongated and spoon-like projection (the proboscis), issuing from the barrel- or sweet potato-like roundish body proper (the trunk). The new species Arhynchite hayaoi was discovered on a sandy tidal flat named Hachi-no-higata of the Seto Inland Sea, Japan. Like most spoon worms, the new...

2013-05-01 14:54:54

Bone-melting substance drills opening for worms to access nutrients within dead whales Only within the past 12 years have marine biologists come to learn about the eye-opening characteristics of mystifying sea worms that live and thrive on the bones of whale carcasses. With each new study, scientists have developed a better grasp on the biology of Osedax, a genus of mouthless and gutless "bone worms" that make a living on skeletons lying on the seafloor. In the latest finding,...


Latest Worm Reference Libraries

Caecilian
2014-01-28 12:32:06

The Sagalla caecilian (Boulengerula niedini) is a long, earthworm-like amphibian from the family Caeciliidae. The species is native to the tiny area of south-eastern Kenya called Sagalla Hill. The Sagalla caecilian has a slender body, perfect for burrowing. Its skin is extremely pigmented, lending it a brownish color with a pinkish-red hint, and white cross segments that give the appearance of grooves. They can grow up to 12 inches in length. Along with tough skin and a bony head, the...

Trumpet Worm, Lagis koreni
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The trumpet worm (Lagis koreni) is a species of polychaete worm that is classified within the Annelida phylum. It can be found in the waters around Europe including the North Sea, the Arctic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Adriatic Sea. This species is typically found submersed in sand in the neritic zone. The trumpet worm can reach an average length of about one inch and is typically light pink in color, with visible red veins and two pairs of red gills. This...

Nightcrawler, Lumbricus terrestris
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The nightcrawler (Lumbricus terrestris), also known as the lob worm or the common earthworm in Britain and the dew worm in Canada, is a species of earthworm that is classified within the Annelida phylum. It is native to Europe, but has been introduced into other areas around the world. Although the species is not as abundant as other worms in its range, it is a widely known species in gardens of temperate habitats, where it moves about on the surface of the soil. The nightcrawler can reach...

Pompeii Worm, Alvinella pompejana
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Pompeii worm (Alvinella pompejana) is a species of polychaete worm, or bristle worm that is only found in the Pacific Ocean. It resides at hydrothermal vents, making it an extremophile, and was first discovered French marine biologists of the coat of the Galapagos Islands in the 1980s. It was described by Lucien Laubier and Daniel Desbruyeres as a deep-sea polychaete that could withstand extreme amounts of heat. The Pompeii worm can reach an average length of up to five inches and is...

Hydroides norvegica
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Hydroides norvegica is a species of worm that is classified within the Annelida phylum. This species is known as a tube-forming worm, because its builds tube-shaped reefs in order to shelter itself. Its range includes the waters of the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Indian Ocean. It prefers to reside in coastal areas on shells, rock piles, and boats. A study conducted in Hawaii showed that this worm was one of four predominant species that made...

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'