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Moor Frog Rana arvalis
2013-07-26 19:02:45

The Moor Frog (Rana arvalis) is a slim, reddish brown colored, and semiaquatic amphibian that is native to Europe and Asia. It belongs to the Ranidae family, or true frogs. Ranidae, the family that the Moor Frog belongs to, is a wide group covering about 605 species. The family is like a "catch-all" for ranoid frogs that don't belong to any other families. Seeing that this is the case, the...

Dot Tailed Whiteface Leucorrhinia intacta
2013-07-24 12:47:06

The dot-tailed whiteface (Leucorrhinia intacta) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in North America. Its range includes many areas of Canada and the United States including Manitoba and Alberta in Canada and California, Idaho, Kansas, Ohio, and Utah in the United States, among many other areas. It prefers to reside near marshlands or areas with bogs, but it can also be found near...

Solomon Island Leaf Frog Ceratobatrachus guentheri
2013-07-24 11:47:38

The Solomon Island Leaf Frog (Ceratobatrachus guentheri) known also as the Solomon Island Eyelash Frog and Gunther's Triangle Frog, is a species of frog belonging to the Ranidae family. It is monotypic in the genus Ceratobatrachus. These frogs are medium sized terrestrial frogs located in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. On average, they are about three to four inches long, with the...

Japanese Wrinkled Frog Glandirana rugosa
2013-07-19 13:33:53

The Japanese Wrinkled Frog (Glandirana rugosa) is a species of true frog endemic to Japan and introduced to Hawaii in the late 19th century. It has occasionally been regarded as a single species with the Imienpo Station Frog, Glandirana emeljanovi, which is located on the East Asian mainland. The two species are distinguished from other frogs by their rough and uneven skin. It resides and...

Indus Valley Bullfrog Hoplobatrachus tigerinus
2013-07-19 13:02:34

The Indus Valley Bullfrog (Hoplobatrachus tigerinus) known also as the Indian Bullfrog, Asian Bullfrog, Asean Bullfrog, or the Asia Bullfrog, is a large species of frog located in Myanmar, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nepal. The vomerine teeth are in two strong and oblique series originating from the inner anterior angle of the choanae. The lower jaw does not have very...

Chalk-fronted Corporal Ladona Julia
2013-07-19 11:21:44

The chalk-fronted corporal (Ladona Julia) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in southern areas of Canada and northern areas of the United States. Young individuals of this species are typically reddish-brown in color with a black stripe occurring along the back and white stripes occurring along the shoulders. As young individuals develop, they change colors, with females becoming...

Gray Sanddragon Progomphus borealis
2013-07-11 13:32:30

The gray sanddragon (Progomphus borealis) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in many areas including Arizona, California, Idaho, Texas, New Mexico, Washington, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This species prefers a habitat near streams and rivers in desert climates. It is typically seen between the months of June and September, but it can also be seen between April and October. Adult...

Mariana Fruit Bat Pteropus mariannus
2013-07-09 15:20:41

The Mariana fruit bat (Pteropus mariannus), also known as the Mariana flying fox and locally as the fanihi, is a species of megabat that is native only to Guam, Ulithi, and the Mariana Islands from which the species was named. This species holds three subspecies, including the Ulithi Mariana fruit bat. The Mariana fruit bat reaches an average weight of up to 1.1 pounds, with males growing...

Rhithrogena germanica
2013-07-09 15:10:58

Rhithrogena germanica, known as the March brown mayfly in in the British Isle, is a species of mayfly that can be found throughout northern and central areas of Europe. Its range includes the River Tweed in England, Hesse in Germany, Denmark, Poland, and France. It was first described by Alfred Edwin Eaton, who studied a male specimen from the River Rhine. Rhithrogena germanica begins its...

Insular Flying Fox Pteropus tonganus
2013-07-08 14:40:29

The insular flying fox (Pteropus tonganus), also known as the Pacific flying fox, is a species of megabat that can be found in a large range including American Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji, among other areas. It prefers a habitat within lowland forests and swamps. The insular flying fox can range in color from black to seal brown, with a colorful mantle that contains...

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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