Friday, December 25, 2009

New Cockroach, Probably

Two high school students working with DNA sequencing databases have discovered what is probably a new species of cockroach in New York. (News source.)

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tomb Bat

Theobald’s Tomb Bat has been rediscovered in the Western Ghats (India). Not sure why they are saying it was thought extinct, as I see prior articles mention it from the region, but it is a rare species. (News source.)

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Manatee Migration

An interesting post at BBC News on Brazilian manatees' seasonal migration down the Amazon to deeper water. (News source.)

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Wired's Future Animals

Wired has a humorous take on future wildlife in the Everglades. (via Natan Slifkin, at ZooTorah.)

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Herp Art Prints

I have started a new product line in parallel with my book publishing: reproduction art prints from vintage natural history images. I've started out with a small group of reptile prints, and will be adding a few invertebrates and birds soon. These are available in a variety of print sizes and even in greeting card format.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

New Warbler

A new warbler has been discovered in Vietnam and Laos. (News source, via Kevin Stewart.)

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Rediscovered Manzanita

The Franciscan Manzanita shrub was thought extinct for 70 years before a botanist discovered one near the Golden Gate Bridge. (News source, via Kevin Stewart.)

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

New Jersey Mustelid

Animal control in Princeton, NJ, ended up with an unidentifed mustelid that then died, probably from the stress of capture. They think it's either a mink or a fisher, neither of which is normally found in central NJ. (News source.)

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

NatGeo's Top 10

NatGeo has released their top 10 new species list for 2009.

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Monday, December 07, 2009

Gorillas in Somaliland?

Two gorillas were allegedly seen in the mountainous area "about 20-kms east of the town of Sheikh in Somaliland." (News source.)

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Feline Reports

Police officers in a Minneapolis, Minnesota, suburb captured a cougar on their dashboard camera, confirmed by DNR. (News source.)

A New Zealand man is trying to trap the elusive Canterbury black panther. (News source.)

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Heron vs Snake

Down in Maryland, a northern water snake was enjoying its meal (a fish), when it was grabbed by a great blue heron. (Pic)

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Saturday, December 05, 2009

Crypto Animation

Apparently, a feature length animated film is in the works focusing on cryptozoology.

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Friday, December 04, 2009

Prairie Chicken Extirpation

The greater prairie-chicken is now believed extirpated from Canada. (News source.)

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Texas Primate Sighting

Actually, there appear to be two separate alleged primate-like sightings from the San Antonio area, one a six-foot Bigfoot type report, and another baboon-like sighting. News reports here, and here.

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Rare Owls

A profile here on the rare Anjouan scops-owl of the Comoros.

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New King Crabs

Four new species of king crabs have been described. (Eurekalert)

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Blue Whale Song Mystery

Wired has an interesting article on the tonal change mystery in blue whale songs over the years.

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New Texas Plant

An amateur naturalist has discovered a news species of plant in the Austin, TX, area. (News source, via Kevin Stewart)

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

WV Ostrich Egg Was Joke

Not unsurprisingly, someone has stepped forward to admit to planting an ostrich egg in the woods of West Virginia for fun. (News source.)

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