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Leadbeaters Possum Gymnobelideus leadbeateri
2013-08-15 12:14:02

Leadbeater’s possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri), also known as the fairy possum, is a marsupial that can be found in a small range in Australia. It is limited to the central highlands of Victoria and prefers a habitat within forests of old growth mountain ash. The State of Victoria designated this species as its faunal emblem in 1968. Leadbeater’s possum was discovered in 1867 and was...

Darwin Termite Mastotermes darwiniensis
2013-08-13 11:55:09

The Darwin termite (Mastotermes darwiniensis), also known as the giant northern termite, is a species of termite that can only be found in northern areas of Australia. This species is the only member of its genus and the only living member of the family Mastotermitidae. It does not typically occur in large groups, but if food, water, and space are adequate, populations can number in the...

Western Drywood Termite Incisitermes minor
2013-08-13 11:52:27

The western drywood termite (Incisitermes minor) is a species of termite that is can be found in western areas of North America. Its native range includes northern areas of Mexico and western areas of the United States, but it has also been found in eastern areas of the United States, Japan, China, and Hawaii. This species prefers to reside in Mediterranean climates that are arid, although it...

Yellow Necked Drywood Termite Kalotermes flavicollis
2013-08-13 11:49:00

The yellow-necked drywood termite (Kalotermes flavicollis) is a species of termite that can be found in Italy, Spain, Greece, France, Slovenia, North Africa, and the Near East. It prefers to reside in Mediterranean habitats, especially in warm coastal areas. This species is xylophagous, consuming mainly wood, so it creates nests in trees, roots, and human structures. The yellow-necked...

Hodotermes
2013-08-13 11:32:19

Hodotermes is a genus that contains two species of African harvester termites known as H. mossambicus and H. erithreensis. The collective range of both species extends from some areas of South Africa through the savannas in East Africa to Palaearctic North Africa. Both species are subterraneous, nesting under the ground, but the nests of H. mossambicus can contain several sphere-shaped hives,...

Pacific Blood Star Henricia leviuscula
2013-08-12 14:30:25

The Pacific blood star (Henricia leviuscula), also known as the blood star or the blood starfish, is a species of starfish that is classified within the Echinasteridae family. It can be found in the Pacific Ocean, along the coasts of North America. It prefers a habitat within intertidal zones in rocky areas, at depths of up to 1,312 feet. This species is small, reaching an average diameter...

Luidia sarsi
2013-08-12 10:57:03

Luidia sarsi is a species of starfish that is classified within the Luidiidae family. It can be found in a range that extends from the Mediterranean Sea to Norway and prefers a habitat in muddy or sandy areas. Adult individuals display pentaradial symmetry or pentamerism with five long arms that are bordered by bands of white spines that occur in groups of three. These arms reach a length of...

Ochre Sea Star Pisaster ochraceus
2013-08-11 13:34:24

The ochre sea star (Pisaster ochraceus), also known as the ochre starfish or the purple sea star, is a species of starfish that is classified within the Asteriidae family. This species can be found in the Pacific Ocean in a range that extends from Santa Barbara Co., California to Prince William Sound in Alaska. This species holds one subspecies, known as Pisaster ochraceus segnis, which can be...

Giant Sea Star Pisaster giganteus
2013-08-09 10:08:32

The giant sea star (Pisaster giganteus) is a species of starfish that is classified within the Asteriidae family. It can be found along the western coasts of North America, with a range that extends from British Columbia to southern California. It resides in areas with low tides, where sand contains abundant substrate to which the starfish can cling. The giant sea star is broad and holds wide...

Pink Sea Star Pisaster brevispinus
2013-08-09 10:05:29

The pink sea star (Pisaster brevispinus), also known as the short-spined sea star or the giant pink sea star, is a species of starfish that is classified within the Asteriidae family that can be found in the Pacific Ocean. It prefers to reside in muddy or sandy areas at depths of up to 590 feet, although smaller individuals can be found in rocky areas. This species was made famous by the show...

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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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