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 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 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.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Thu, 12/29/2016 - 03:51
The fastest running animal on land is facing high risk of extinction as the number in the wild has reduced to nearly 7,100. There were more than 100,000 cheetahs in Africa in the start of last century. The research paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has urged for status of cheetah to be converted to 'endangered'. Amid persistently shrinking populations of cheetah across Africa and other historic habitats around the world, conservationists have sounded alarm bells for the fastest animal on land.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Tue, 12/27/2016 - 03:51
A recently discovered new species of Hawaiian coral reef fish has been named after U.S. President Barack Obama, Lead researcher Richard Pyle from the Bishop Museum in Hawaii announced.
The new fish species, now formally named Tosanoides obama, was spotted during an expedition by divers inside the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in June this year. It may be noted here that the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is a protected marine area that Mr. Obama expanded in August this year.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sun, 12/25/2016 - 07:25
A team of geologists from the University of Rochester claimed to have found a new prehistoric bird species in the Canadian Arctic, marking the discovery of the oldest avian records in the northernmost latitude.
Prof. John Tarduno, the chairperson of the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester, and his team named the new species Tingmiatornis arctica. In the Inuktitut language, which is spoken in the central & eastern parts of Canadian Arctic, the word “Tingmiat” means “those that fly.”
Submitted by Karan Gosal on Sat, 12/24/2016 - 05:44
After analyzing insects migrating over Southern Britain for nearly 10 years, researchers have released data in a research paper published in the journal Science. The number of insects migrating over southern Britain could be in trillions and scientists estimate a combined weight of 3,200 tons for these flying bugs. The research team used using entomological radar and aerial insect catching nets to collect the data, most comprehensive estimate of flying bugs till date.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Fri, 12/23/2016 - 05:45
More than three trillion migrating insects fly over the region of south-central England each year, unseen and unnoticed by humans, according to a new study by University of Exeter researchers.
Dr. Jason Chapman, an entomologist at University of Exeter and colleagues estimated that as many as 3.5 trillion bugs and butterflies migrate across the region annually. Their total mass is equivalent to nearly 20,000 flying reindeer.