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Golden Poison Frog Phyllobates Terribilis
2014-09-12 08:44:46

The Golden Poison Frog, Phyllobates Terribilis, known also as the Golden Frog, Golden Poison Arrow Frog or the Golden Dart Frog, is a poison dart frog that is native to the Pacific coast of Colombia. The optimal habitat of this frog is the rainforest with high rain rates, altitudes between 100 and 200 meters, temperatures of at least 26 degrees Celsius, and relative humidity of 80 to 90...

Ranitomeya Amazonica
2014-09-11 11:50:10

Ranitomeya Amazonica is a poison dart frog belonging to the genus Ranitomeya. It was initially described by Rainer Schulte in 1999 as Dendrobates Amazonicus when he separated it from Dendrobates ventrimaculatus. The validity of the species is still being discussed between scientists. According to Schulte, this frog is 16 to 19 millimeters long with smooth black skin. The torso is laterally...

Delalandes Coua Coua delalandei
2014-09-11 11:30:30

Delalande’s Coua (Coua delalandei), known also as the Snail-Eating Coua and Delalande’s Coucal, is an extinct species of non-parasitic cuckoo from Madagascar. It only was known to science as an extant bird for a rather short time during the early 19th century. There is some disagreement regarding the area of occurrence. Although there were reports that the bird was also found in the area of...

Tanna Ground Dove Gallicolumba ferruginea
2014-09-10 10:54:56

The Tanna Ground Dove (Gallicolumba ferruginea), known also as Forster’s Dove of Tanna, is an extinct dove species. The taxonomic affiliation is not certain but at its first scientific discussion by Johann Georg Wagler in 1829, it was classified into the genus Gallicolumba; its closest relative is most likely the Santa Cruz Ground Dove. It was native to the Pacific Island of Tanna, Vanuatu....

Rouen Duck
2014-09-08 20:09:22

The Rouen duck is a breed of domestic duck that was developed in France during the nineteenth century. Although it had been developed earlier than the nineteenth century in France, it did not become the modern breed until it was brought to England. The original duck was similar to a mallard in appearance, but selective breeding increased its size and changed its coloration. It was mostly used...

Mulard
2014-09-08 16:31:03

The mulard, also known as the moulard, is a breed of domestic duck that was developed by crossbreeding the pekin duck breed and the Muscovy duck. It is not considered a breed or species hybrid due to the species classification of the Muscovy and the breed status of the pekin duck, which is a derivative of the Mallard duck species. However, it is considered to be a genera hybrid due to the genus...

Khaki Campbell
2014-09-08 12:05:02

The khaki Campbell duck, also known as the Campbell duck, is a breed of domestic duck that was developed in England by Mrs. Adah Campbell during the early nineteenth century. The development of this breed began when Campbell bought and Indian runner duck of an unknown type and bred them with the domestic Rouen duck and the wild Mallard. The result was known as the Campbell duck and it could lay...

Guadalupe Storm Petrel Oceanodroma macrodactyla
2014-09-08 09:23:52

The Guadalupe Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma macrodactyla) is a sea bird of small size belonging to the storm petrel family Hydrobatidae. It is apparently extinct. This species was nearly indistinguishable from its relative, Leach’s Storm petrel. Within the field, they couldn’t be told apart except by their circannual rhythm. In the hand, the Guadalupe Storm Petrel could be distinguished by...

Spectacled Cormorant Phalacrocorax perspicillatus
2014-09-08 09:05:04

The Spectacled Cormorant or the Pallas’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax perspicillatus) is an extinct marine bird of belonging to the cormorant family of seabirds that lived on the Bering Island and possibly other places within the Komandorski Islands and the nearby coast of Kamchatka. It is the biggest species of cormorant known to have ever existed. It was initially identified by Georg Steller...

Wessex Saddleback
2014-09-05 10:36:48

The Wessex saddleback, also known as the Wessex pig, is a breed of domestic pig that was developed in Wessex. Its complete origin is unknown, with some stating that is was developed by crossing the Old English sheeted pig and a breed of black pig from the New Forest region. Many suggest that the breed is one of the few to have been mostly unaffected by crossbreeding with Neapolitan pigs, which...

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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