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Polis Stellate Barnacle Chthamalus stellatus
2014-12-10 12:25:57

Poli’s stellate barnacle (Chthamalus stellatus) is a species of acorn barnacle that can be found in Southern Europe, South West England, and Ireland attached to rocky shorelines. It prefers to reside in warmer waters in areas that are less protected than bays, where it will attach itself to rocks and other hard materials. Poli’s stellate barnacle is typically cone shaped but can be...

Laysan Rail Porzana palmeri
2014-12-09 12:15:35

The Laysan Rail or Laysan Crake (Porzana palmeri) was a flightless bird native to the Northwest Hawaiian Island of Laysan. This small island was, and still is, an important seabird colony, and sustained numerous native species, including the rail. It became extinct because of habitat loss and by domestic rabbits, and eventually, World War II. Its scientific name is in honor of Henry Palmer, who...

Reunion Swamphen Porphyrio coerulescens
2014-12-09 11:13:20

The Reunion Swamphen (Porphyrio coerulescens), known also as the Reunion Gallinule or Oiseau bleu, is a hypothetical species of extinct rail from Reunion, Mascarensis until now only known from report from travelers. It is rather certain that such a bird once was present on the island. Six reports confirm its existence, and the genus Porphyrio is known as a colonizer of oceanic islands,...

Diablito Oophaga Sylvatica
2014-11-18 13:51:52

The Diablito, Oophaga Sylvatica, is a species of frog belonging to the Dendrobatidae family. It’s located in Colombia and Ecuador. The natural habitat is tropical and subtropical moist lowland forests. It’s threatened by habitat loss. It is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List although this species is still relatively widely distributed. It has declined seriously within Ecuador...

Wood Frog Rana sylvatica
2014-11-18 13:48:48

The Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica) has a broad distribution over North America, stretching from the southern Appalachians to the boreal forest with several notable disjunct populations including lowland eastern North Carolina. This frog has garnered attention by biologist over the last century due to its freeze tolerance, relatively great degree of terrestrialism, interesting habitat associations,...

Common Frog Rana temporaria
2014-11-18 12:09:00

The Common Frog (Rana temporaria), known also as the European Common Frog or the European Common Brown Frog, is located throughout much of Europe as far north as well north of the Arctic Circle in Scandinavia and as far east as the Urals, except for the majority of Iberia, southern Italy, and the southern Balkans. The farthest west it can be found is Ireland, where it has long been considered...

Santa Cruz Sheep
2014-11-07 09:29:24

The Santa Cruz sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that once existed in a feral population on the island of Santa Cruz. It is thought that this population came from flocks of Churro, Merino, or Rambouillet sheep that were brought to the island during the mid-nineteenth century. By the 1860’s these sheep had grown to hold a population in the thousands and were permitted to graze freely....

Columbia Spotted Frog Rana luteiventris
2014-11-05 12:27:54

The Columbia Spotted Frog (Rana luteiventris) is a North American species of frog. It’s green to brown in coloration with spots on the dorsal surface. The belly and the upper lip are white. Individuals can be distinguished from other Rana species by their shorter back legs, upturned eyes, and narrow snout. Since they spend the majority of their time within the water, they also have more...

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...

Pig Frog Rana grylio
2014-11-05 10:41:33

The Pig Frog (Rana grylio) is a species of aquatic frog located in the Southeastern United States, from South Carolina to Texas. Some sources refer to it as the Lagoon Frog or the Southern Bullfrog. The frog is green or grey-green in color, with brown or black blotching. It has fully webbed feet, a sharply pointed nose, and a large tympana. It’s easily mistaken for a variety of other...

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  • Monstrous in size or character; huge; prodigious; monstrously perverse, savage, cruel, etc.
The word 'immane' comes from the Latin word 'immanis', 'enormous'.
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