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2009-07-01 12:05:00

Conservationists filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday seeking federal protection for the Palouse earthworm "” a worm that spits at its predators, The Associated Press reported. Fans of the rare, sweet-smelling species requested the worm be protected as an endangered species. Noah Greenwald of the Center for Biological Diversity said the giant Palouse earthworm is critically endangered and needs the protection of the Endangered Species Act to have any...

2009-06-29 15:34:39

A 10-year-old girl set a new world record by bringing 567 worms up from the ground during Britain's World Worm Charming Championships. Sophie Smith of Willaston, England, won the competition in her village Saturday by besting the previous world record of 511 worms listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday. A number of techniques were employed to try to coax worms from the ground during the light rain Saturday, including a man who strummed rock tunes on...

2009-06-16 20:39:03

A Chicago man got an unexpected side dish with his sushi at a restaurant in August 2006 -- a 9-foot tapeworm, researchers say. Anthony Franz is one of a growing number of people infested with a salmon tapeworm, the journal The Emerging Infectious Diseases reports. Dr. Felipe C. Cabello, professor of microbiology and immunology at New York Medical College in Valhalla, indicated the worm is not particularly dangerous. He said, usually, with this particular worm, it produces discomfort, some...

2009-05-18 12:47:00

SKIL(R) honors the best in construction solutions with its Worm Drive Challenge MT. PROSPECT, Ill., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether spending your day framing houses in a new development or weekends in the backyard building that long-awaited deck, obstacles always emerge along the road to completing a successful project. That's why SKIL Power Tools wants to know how you've used your worm drive SKILSAW(R) to overcome a challenge either on the jobsite or at home. And for taking the time to send...

2009-04-23 14:58:17

Swedish scientists say animals that seem identical may belong to utterly different species, meaning there may be more species on Earth than thought. University of Gothenburg researchers led by Professor Christer Erseus and doctoral student Daniel Gustavsson used DNA analysis to discover one of the Earth's most common segmented worms is actually two types of worm. We could be talking about a large number of species that have existed undiscovered because they resemble other known species, said...

2009-04-23 08:16:55

The segmented worms that were studied by Christer Ers©us, doctoral student Daniel Gustavsson and their American colleague, are identical in appearance. From the very first time that they were described, they have been treated as the same species, and they are also found together in freshwater environments in North America, Sweden and the rest of Europe. But when the researchers examined the worms using advanced methods for DNA analysis, they discovered that they were in fact two...

2009-03-18 09:11:43

Somewhere out there in the ocean, SpongeBob SquarePants has a teeny-tiny cousin and a humongous uncle.That's just what one would expect from a new analysis of body sizes across all orders of animal life that was conducted by researchers at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), in Durham, N.C. and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.Researchers Craig McClain and Alison Boyer created a giant database on body sizes across all orders of animal life and found that phyla...

2009-02-02 10:28:01

Charles Darwin may have been born 200 years ago come Feb. 12, but his theory of evolution remains an everyday touchstone for modern biologists. And while the Origin of Species author might not have known the term "global warming," he wouldn't have been surprised that the environment is changing. He would, however, be astonished by the speed at which it's happening today. "Every species is under temporary permanence," says Bill Saidel, an associate professor of biology at Rutgers University's...

2009-01-23 17:58:27

Hordes of caterpillars are destroying crops and vegetation in northern Liberia, posing a threat to food security, the United Nations said. The situation in Liberia is a national emergency and likely will escalate into a regional crisis involving Guinea, Sierra Leone and Cote d'Ivoire, Winfred Hammon, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization representative, said in a news release. The agency has created a task force to assess the situation, prepare an action plan and develop medium- and...

2008-09-21 21:00:16

By Jake Griffin jgriffin@@dailyherald.com Ashley Summers' lunch leftovers feed the hungry. Hundreds of worms devour apple cores, banana peels, carrot tops and other organic table scraps she and co-workers at Western DuPage Special Recreation Association leave behind. In return for the staff's generosity, the worms produce a nutrient-rich soil and an equally potent liquid fertilizer, and they also help keep about a half-pound of waste out of local landfills or water treatment plants...


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Mexican Golden Red Rump Tarantula, Brachypelma albiceps
2014-09-21 10:05:15

Mexican Golden Red Rump Tarantula (Brachypelma albiceps) is a species of the genus Brachypelma. The carapace is a light golden color with legs and a black abdomen covered with longer red hairs. Females typically live for about fifteen years. The males normally live about five years or up to twelve months after the last molt. This spider is native to the central highlands of Mexico, especially in Guerrero and south of Morelos. In the wild, they construct underground burrows, typically under...

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...

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