A New Species of the Boophis rappiodes group (Anura, Mantellidae) from the Sahamalaza Peninsula, northwest Madagascar, with Acoustic Monitoring of its Nocturnal Calling 
A new species of treefrog of the Boophis rappiodes group (Anura, Mantellidae) is described from the Sahamalaza – Iles Radama National Park in northwest Madagascar.
This new species is green in colour with bright red speckling across its head and dorsum; similar in morphology to other species of this group including: B. bottae, B. rappiodes, B. erythrodactylus and B. tasymena.
All individuals were detected from the banks of two streams in Ankarafa Forest. The new species represents the only member of the B. rappiodes group endemic to Madagascar’s western coast, with the majority of other members known from the eastern rainforest belt.
Despite its conspicuous call, it has not been detected from other surveys of northwest Madagascar and it is likely to be a local endemic to the peninsula. The ranges of two other amphibian species also appear restricted to Sahamalaza, and so the area seems to support a high level of endemicity.
Although occurring inside a National Park, this species is highly threatened by the continuing decline in the quality and extent of its habitat. Due to these threats it is proposed that this species should be classified as Critically Endangered according to the IUCN Red List criteria…
Here are some phone pics of my sleeping arrangement for the past few days (living outdoors is the best)
A school of Convict Tang (Acanthurus triostegus) with a couple of Whitebar Sugreonfish (Acanthurus leucopareius) at the Kure Atoll State Wildlife Refuge in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine Monument.
Photograph: Paulo Maurin
Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii), Suwanee River, FL
This large male was caught as part of routine environmental surveys involving Professor Arthur Georges, the Chief Scientist of the Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra, Australia
drhoz: Another Citheronia caterpillar
Scientists Study “Talking” Turtles in Brazilian Amazon
via: Wildlife Conservation Society
Authors find that Giant South American river turtles have a repertoire of vocalizations for different behavioral situations, including caring for young
Turtles are well known for their longevity and protective shells, but it turns out these reptiles use sound to stick together and care for young, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and other organizations.
Scientists working in the Brazilian Amazon have found that Giant South American river turtles (Podocnemis expansa), or Arraus, actually use several different kinds of vocal communication to coordinate their social behaviors, including one used by female turtles to call to their newly hatched offspring in what is the first instance of recorded parental care in turtles.
“These distinctive sounds made by turtles give us unique insights into their behavior, although we don’t know what the sounds mean,” said Dr. Camila Ferrara, Aquatic Turtle Specialist for the WCS Brazil Program. “The social behaviors of these reptiles are much more complex than previously thought.”…
(read more: Wildlife Conservation Society)
photograph by © C. Ferrara/WCS
Not a walkingstick… it’s an assassin bug (genus Emesaya).
These and other members of the subfamily Emisinae are called thread-legged bugs. They are true bugs more closely related to things like stinkbugs and milkweed bugs than to walkingsticks, despite the similar appearance.
Thread-legged bugs are predators, and their two front legs are modified for grabbing and grasping, much like those in praying mantids. They are small insects, averaging less than 1.3 in (3 cm), though some may reach twice that length.
Some species have been observed stealing insects caught in spider webs, and even hunting the web’s owner itself. As in other assassin bugs, thread-legged bugs have a sturdy, straw-like proboscis that they puncture their prey with; they inject a lethal saliva that also liquifies the prey’s insides, and then suck it up.
Thread-legged bugs can be found through much of the year and across most of the continental United States, into parts of southern Canada.
photo by Jenn Forman Orth (urtica) on Flickr
(via: Peterson Field Guides)
African Red Trapdoor Spider (Ctenolophus sp.),
family Idiopidae, Southern Africa
Like most of the spiders in this family, they build tunnels in which to live and from which they ambush prey. Many species construct “trap doors” at the entrance, constructed of silk, dirt and debris.
(photo: Matt Reinbold)
Tasman glacier, New Zealand
for-science-sake: Tree Bark Camo
- Mossy Leaf-Tailed Gecko
- Grey Tree Frog
- Grey Cicada
- Casque head Chameleon
- Lichen Spider
- Underwing Moth
- Peppered Moth
- Owl Fly Larva
- Eastern Screech Owl
With a spate of huge stories breaking in the past few weeks, you might not have caught the massive environmental crisis in northern Mexico that began earlier in August.
According to the Associated Press, local politicians claim that Grupo Mexico, a private mining company in Sonora with a troubling track record of hazardous waste violations in Mexico and the U.S., was slow to report a disastrous fault in its leaching ponds, which hold industrial acid used in the mining process. The spill released around 10 million gallons of acid into the Bacanuchi and Sonora Rivers.
whaaat the FUUUCK
OH MY GOD NOOOOOOOOOOO!
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