Submitted by Luis Georg on Wed, 01/18/2017 - 08:59
A recently discovered tiny moth that has helmet-like cluster of yellow-white scales atop its head has been named after President-elect Donald Trump, the journal ZooKeys reported.
Dr. Vazrick Nazari, an evolutionary biologist from Ottowa, Canada, said the moth with a wingspan of merely 0.4 inches encouraged them to name it Neopalpa donaldtrumpi because it has yellow and white scales on its head resembling Trump’s signature hairstyle.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sun, 01/15/2017 - 19:51
Benefits of grandmothering may have played a major role in the success of older female orcas (killer whales) but the costs of being outcompeted by their daughters apparently play a role in the emergence of their menopause, a new study suggested.
According to the study, published in the journal Current Biology, younger females are more likely to mate and reproduce than their older counterparts. They found that this trend puts off mother orcas from reproduction, which in turn make them more focused on raising their younger members of their families instead.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sun, 01/15/2017 - 05:55
Killer whales suffer menopause and this fact has kept scientists guessing about the reason for menopause among killer whales. An international team of scientists has claimed that due to complicated relationship with their daughters, killer whales undergo menopause. The research team evaluated data collected in the northwest Pacific over past four decades to reach at their conclusion about menopause among killer whales. Among mammals, only humans, killer whales and short-finned pilot whales experience menopause.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sat, 01/14/2017 - 06:10
Marine biologists had been of the view that only two types of sea dragons existed, the leafy and weedy, until they discovered a third type in 2015. The third type of the enchanting fish, the ruby sea dragon, was first found among museum specimens; and now biologists have spotted a ruby sea dragon swimming in the wild too.
Spotted for the first time in the wild, the ruby sea dragon has deep red color and appears like a stretched-out sea horse and hump like a camel. It can curl its tail.
Submitted by Safar Haddad on Thu, 01/05/2017 - 02:03
The U.S. Navy trained dolphins will help in efforts to save endangered vaquita porpoise. As per the latest data available, there are nearly three dozen endangered vaquita porpoise and the species faces high risk of extinction. Many international organizations have also been helping Mexican authorities in saving endangered vaquita porpoise. The U.S. Navy trained dolphins will be deployed in the Gulf of California. The U.S. Navy has been training dolphins and sea lions since 1960s in sniffing out mines and in navigation when lose in the open sea.
Submitted by Frank Forster on Tue, 01/03/2017 - 04:59
Cheetahs in the wild have declined and conservationists have alarmed authorities about the risk of extinction the species faces. The results of a major worldwide survey released last week has suggested that the number of cheetahs in the wild could be around 7,100. At the start of last century, the number of cheetahs in the wild was over 100,000. The loss of population has mainly happened due to loss of natural habitat for cheetahs. The fastest animal on the earth is sprinting towards extinction, the research team involved with the counting of cheetahs informed.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sun, 01/01/2017 - 14:51
Dealing a critical blow to the illegal practice of elephant poaching, Chinese authorities have decided to ban all trade in ivory or any products made of ivory by the end of 2017.
Currently, China is the world’s biggest ivory market, and the decision to ban ivory trade has been taken by authorities after years of intensifying international as well as domestic pressure from wildlife protection advocates.
Carter Roberts, the president of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), welcomed the decision, calling a “game changer” for conserving the largest land animal on Earth.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sun, 01/01/2017 - 04:52
Bats communicate and share information in more ways than earlier known to scientists, as per a new research conducted at the Bat Lab for Neuro-Ecology at Tel Aviv University. During their analysis of bat squeaking, the research team found different tones for calls related to food, sleep or mating. The research team said that they still need to decipher many of the signals but they are sure that there are lot of different signals that bats use for communication.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Thu, 12/29/2016 - 08:15
Chinese Customs officials seized more than three tons of illegally trafficked animal parts taken from the bodies of dead pangolins at a port in Shanghai, and arrested three people in connection with the case.
According to the China News Service, customer officers found illegally trafficked pangolin scales of the endangered species on 10th of December in a container of 101 bags that were imported from Africa among declared timbers.