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Serpent Star Ophiura ophiura
2013-11-11 10:45:41

The serpent star (Ophiura ophiura) is a species of brittle star that is classified within the Ophiuridae family. It can be found along northwestern coasts of Europe with a range that includes the waters around Sweden, Norway, Madeira, and the Mediterranean Sea. It prefers a habitat in sandy areas at depths of up to 656 feet. This species is typically abundant throughout its range, occurring at...

Black Sea Urchin Diadema antillarum
2013-11-06 11:22:21

Diadema antillarum, known also as the Lime Urchin, the Long-Spined Sea Urchin, or the Black Sea Urchin, is a species of sea urchin belonging to the family Diadematidae. It is characterized by its extremely long black spines. This species is the most plentiful and significant herbivore on the coral reefs of the western Atlantic and Caribbean basin. Then the population of these sea urchins...

Coelopleurus exquisitus
2013-11-06 11:03:16

Coelopleurus exquisitus is a sea urchin species located off of the coast of the island of New Caledonia within the Pacific Ocean. It’s an epifaunal deep water species living at depths of between 790 and 1,710 feet and was only identified as named in 2006. The pattern and coloration of this species is distinctive and vibrant. Examined individuals of the species demonstrate that the test is...

Maltese tiger
2013-11-04 11:04:14

The Maltese tiger, also called the blue tiger, is considered to be a tiger with a morphed coloration. It is claimed to inhabit the region of Fujian Province, China. Sightings of Maltese tigers in Korea and Burma have also been reported. The term Maltese derives from a domestic cat that has slate grey fur. Cats of this coloration are abundant in Malta, therefore, this variation of tiger has...

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...

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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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