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Chinese Giant Salamander Andrias davidianus
2013-10-18 11:14:35

The Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus) is a species of salamander that is native to China, although it can be found in Taiwan, where it is thought to have been introduced. It prefers to reside in streams in mountainous areas and is one of two living species within its genus, Andrias. The Chinese giant salamander is the largest salamander species in the world, capable of reaching a...

Rough-scaled sand boa Gongylophis conicus
2013-10-14 14:55:52

The Rough-scaled sand boa (Gongylophis conicus) is a member of the Boidae family. The species inhabits eastern Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, India and regions of northern Sri Lanka. Commonly found among sandy regions and arid grassland, the rough-scaled sand boa has been found among dry steppes, agricultural areas and even into some of the wetter forests. Rough, heavily ridged scales give the...

Copse Snail Arianta arbustorum
2013-10-14 10:29:48

The Copse Snail (Arianta arbustorum) is a medium-sized species of land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk belonging to the family Helicidae. There are several subspecies that are recognized: A. a. alpicola, A. a. arbustorum, A. a. canigonensis, A. a. picea, A. a. pseudorudis, A. a. repellini, A. a. styriaca, and A. a. vareliensis. This species is native to Europe and can be...

White Lipped Snail Cepaea hortensis
2013-10-14 10:25:23

The White-lipped Snail (Cepaea hortensis) is a medium sized species of air breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk. It’s a close relative of the grove snail. The White-lipped Snail is fairly smaller than the grove snail, the shell usually being about 1 inch in maximum dimension. Like the grove snail, it has substantial variability in shell color and banding;...

Grove Snail Cepaea nemoralis
2013-10-14 10:20:27

The Grove Snail (Cepaea nemoralis) is a species of air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk. It is one of the most common species of land snail within Europe and has been introduced to North America. C. nemoralis is the type species regarding the genus Cepaea. It is used as a model organism in citizen science projects. This snail species is among the largest due...

Edward Drinker Cope
2013-10-14 10:26:18

Edward Drinker Cope (July 28, 1840 – April 12, 1897) was an American Paleontologist and a founder of the Neo-Lamarckism school of thought. Despite little formal scientific training, Cope was one of the most prolific researchers in his field, publishing 1,400 papers during his lifetime. His expeditions and dedication enabled him to discover, describe and name more than 1,000 vertebrate...

Helicigona lapicida
2013-10-14 09:29:55

Helicigona lapicida is a species of medium-sized, air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk belonging to the family Helicidae, the typical snails. This species of snail constructs and utilizes love darts while mating. It is native to Europe, particularly central Europe. It can be found in west and central Europe, Great Britain, north England, Scotland, Latvia,...

Mediterranean Black Widow Latrodectus tredecimguttatus
2013-10-09 12:38:45

The Mediterranean Black Widow (Latrodectus tredecimguttatus), known also as the Steppe Spider, is a species of widow spiders within the genus Latrodectus. It is commonly found throughout the Mediterranean region, ranging from Portugal to southwest and central Asia. Specimens from central Asia are also known by the binomial name Latrodectus lugubris; that name, however, is considered out of...

Ornithology
2013-10-09 12:32:30

Ornithology, a branch of zoology, is the study of birds. The term ornithology is derived from the ancient Greek words for bird and rationale or explanation. This study differs from other sciences because amateurs often take part in studies and because birds are commonly seen. It is thought that ornithology developed in the same manner than biology developed. Drawings from the Stone Age show the...

Japanese Giant Salamander Andrias japonicas
2013-10-08 11:59:07

The Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicas) is a species of salamander that is native to Japan, where its local name, Ōsanshōuo, means giant pepper fish. It prefers to reside in cool streams. Europeans first documented this species when Philipp Franz von Siebold, a physician on Dejima Island in Nagasaki, captured a specimen in the 1820’s. It is thought to have lived since the Upper...