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Notable Nimba

Imagine sleeping for six months of your rare gravidity. h/t: Sandberger-Loua L, Müller H, Rödel M-O (2017) A review of the reproductive biology of the only known matrotrophic viviparous anuran, the West African Nimba toad, Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis. Zoosystematics and Evolution 93(1): … Continue reading

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Is it August Yet?

No, it’s not! I just couldn’t resist the Diabolic Orchid‘s devilish grimace: Telipogon diabolicus; as seen here: Kolanowska M, Szlachetko DL, Trejo RM (2016) Telipogon diabolicus(Orchidaceae, Oncidiinae), a new species from southern Colombia. PhytoKeys 65: 113-124. doi: 10.3897/phytokeys.65.8674 via Blogger http://ift.tt/2a37UVk

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Godzilla Gobi

CC-BY-4.0 Tornabene L, Robertson DR, Baldwin CC (2016) Varicus lacerta, a new species of goby (Teleostei, Gobiidae, Gobiosomatini, Nes subgroup) from a mesophotic reef in the southern Caribbean. ZooKeys 596: 143-156. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.596.8217

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Beauty and the Buzz

A tree flower: Sirdavidia solannona, named in honour of Sir David Attenborough, probably buzz-pollinated. (Another 2016 New Species candidate.) For you: Sirdavidia’s da buzz! H/T: Sirdavidia, an extraordinary new genus of Annonaceae from Gabon

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Super Sundew

I am still struggling with the text part of the app. (Text being one of the main reasons I bought it. The canvas maximum size is 2732 x 2048, too small for large prints, but the watercolours work quite nicely.) … Continue reading

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SplatDragon!

ruby sea dragon galloping Phylopteryx dewysea-horsey    

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The Handsome Lithops

H/T to the humble lithops, who are not cyclopse. The first scientific description of a lithops was made by William John Burchell, this gentleman: (via Wikipedia) Here is a very nice time lapse of a lithops flowering: (Sorry, maybe the … Continue reading

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The Vulnerable Scarab

Gyronotus perissinottoi! Read more about it here. Related articles The mysterious scarab beetles: 2 new species of the endangered ancient genus Gyronotus (eurekalert.org)

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DecaPoda Day Haiku

The day sprouted ten legs and then scuttled away sideways, like a crab   (h/t to Bathynectes piperitus; Bienhold C, Pop Ristova P, Wenzhöfer F, Dittmar T, Boetius A (2013) How Deep-Sea Wood Falls Sustain Chemosynthetic Life. PLoS ONE 8(1): e53590. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0053590)

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A Legg up for SuperKoot ScissorHands

Hat Tip to Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands. Dr. David Legg discovered the fossil and named it after Johnny Depp, who played Edward in the movie.   Related articles ‘Scissor-handed’ creepy-crawly named after Johnny Depp (abc.net.au) 505-million-year-old fossil found in B.C. park named … Continue reading

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