Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wolverine Results

"A wolverine first photographed by a remote-controlled camera on the Tahoe National Forest in February 2008 is most closely related to Rocky Mountain populations..." (Eurekalert)

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mangiacopra on Cryptid Hunt

Gary is interviewed by Jordan here.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Wolf Spider Behavior

A few species of French wolf spiders have been found to survive underwater "drownings," reviving after several hours in "comas." (News source.)

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Albino Cape Buffalo

An albino cape buffalo calf has been seen by rangers in Kenya, and there are worries over its safety due to local superstitions. (News source.)

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NZ Mystery Animals

A generic mystery animal article on New Zealand mystery animals, here.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Tree

A new acacia tree from Ethiopia "raises hope for finding new species elsewhere." (News source.)

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Cat Sightings

More on the dark felines reported in Illinois. (News source.)

Florida officials are not impressed with a "panther" report from Edgewater. (News source.)

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Different Worms Look the Same

The common segmented worm Lumbriculus variegatus is actually two separate species that often live side by side. (Press release.)

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hobbit Display

A cast of skull and bones of Homo floresiensis will be displayed at a public symposium in Long Island, NY. (News source.)

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Sea Serpent Book Coming?

A Nova Scotia science museum curator is writing a book on sea monsters. (News source.)

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Yowie Story

Nothing new, really. A 1997 "yowie" print photo is shown, and a "yowie hunter" tries to connect the mystery animal to a puppy's decapitation. (News source.)

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Monday, April 20, 2009

New Horseshoe Bat

A new horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus) has been described from China. (Abstract here.)

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Is the Kipunji a Baboon?

A paper (available in full here) tries to determine the systematic relationship of a recently (2005) described primate, the Tanzanian kipunji.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Thylacoleo Cave Painting?

An article in Antiquity suggests that a cave painting in Western Australia depicts a marsupial lion.

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Tiger Sightings

Bengal tigers are on the move:

"Pugmarks of a Royal Bengal Tiger have been found in the snow at an altitude of 10,000 feet in the Himalayas near Jelepla in eastern Sikkim." (News source.)

Two sightings of tigers in North Bengal sanctuaries have caught conservationists by surprise. (News source.)

(Via Kevin Stewart)

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Australian Big Cat Website

A new website has been started on big cat sightings in Victoria, Australia.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Say No to H.R. 669

Poorly drafted legislation purports to squelch the threat of invasive species, but does little more than create massive bureaucratic headaches, ignore primary invasive threats (plants, feral domestic animals) for sensationalized "exotics," and lay waste to the herpetoculture, aquaria, and aviculture trades without rational justification.

Details from PIJAC, and Kingsnake, and NoHR669.

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Birds

One species, the African lark, appears to be going extinct. (News source.)

Another species, the Honduran emerald, a hummingbird, has been rediscovered in western Honduras. (News source.) [Though, apparently, it's been seen in eastern Honduras a few times in the last few years.]

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Australia/New Zealand

A "lynx-sized mountain lion" (i.e., too small to be an actual mountain lion) was photographed in the Lindis Pass, New Zealand. Photograph has no good detail, subject is too far away, and it may just be a large feral cat. (News source.)

A hoax photo of a "giant snake" is circulating in the Doomadgee region of Australia. (News source.)

A Yowie sighting has been reported from the area near "The Three Sisters," in Australia. (News source.)

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Gougou

Champlain's journal told the tale of a strange creature.

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Snubfin Dolphin Behavior

The recently described snubfin dolphin has some interesting predatory behavior: "the small dolphins hunt in groups, chasing fish to the surface of the water and rounding them up by shooting jets of water from their mouths." (News source.)

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

New Orangutan Population

A new population with estimates up to 2000 orangutans has been discovered in a remote area of Borneo. (News source.)

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Waveney Monster

A brief article on this mystery animal in the UK back in the 1980s. (News source.)

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Mississippi: Another Cougar Sighting?

Details here from another alleged Natchez cougar sighting.

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Megamouth #41

A megamouth shark was caught and eaten in the Philippines, but photos were taken. (News source.)

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Genetics and Pine Martens

Pine martens in Wales are genetically distinct from those in the rest of the UK. Still the same species, though. (News source.)

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Another Condor Shot

Not killed, but may not be able to be re-released into the wild. (News source.)

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Big Sea Worm

A UK aquarium discovered a 4-foot polychaete worm that was wreaking havoc on one display. It has been moved to its own exhibit. (News source.)

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Jaguar Debate

Some controversy is now apparent over the decision to euthanize the jaguar discovered in Arizona. (News source.)

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Possum Not So Extinct

Recent media reports of the extinction of the lemuroid ringtail possum were "confused," the species is still around. (News source.)

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Ontario Cougar

"Rick Rosatte, a research scientist in co-operation with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Trent University, is involved in a study to scientifically establish the presence of cougars in Ontario.
"In his recent report, he said at least one cougar has been documented on camera near Sunderland in the Barrie area" (News source.)

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