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February 21, 2017

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February 21, 2017

Those Who Help Each Other Can Invade Harsher Environments

Feb. 20, 2017 — Through cooperation, animals are able to colonize harsher living environments that would otherwise be inaccessible, according to a new study. The research community has long believed this was the ... read more

Feb. 10, 2017 — No less than 500 new species of cichlids, brightly coloured perch-like fish, evolved in Lake Victoria (East Africa) over the past 15,000 years -- a record in the animal and plant world. This ... read more

Feb. 8, 2017 — Brazilian researchers have identified a species of thecamoeba with a carapace that resembles the wizard's hat worn by Gandalf, one of the most important characters in The Lord of the Rings, a ... read more

Carnivores More Seriously Threatened by Roads Than Previously Acknowledged

Feb. 8, 2017 — The effects of roads on carnivores have obviously been underestimated in worldwide species conservation. This is the conclusion of the first comprehensive global study on this topic. The protection ... read more

Feb. 7, 2017 — The swarm of 237 weevils in a single genus inhabiting Macaronesia is the result of a blend of adaptive and non-adaptive evolution in old volcanic archipelagos. It is the specificity of their isolated ... read more

Researchers Investigate Decline in South Africa's Forest-Birds

Feb. 3, 2017 — Forest-dwelling bird species are disappearing from some of South Africa's indigenous forests, with forest birds in the Eastern Cape being the most affected. A new study showed that the ranges of ... read more

Jan. 31, 2017 — Ant brood parasitism by scuttle flies is a rarely observed phenomenon. However, scientists have recently video-documented two such interactions. One is a species that harasses worker ants to get them ... read more

Forty-Four Invading Species 'Loose' in North Atlantic

Jan. 30, 2017 — Accidental introductions of non-native species has been of increasing concern since the 1980s when human-mediated transportation, mainly related to ships' ballast water, was recognised as a ... read more

Jan. 30, 2017 — A research group has used a new technology that identifies multiple fish species populating local areas by analyzing DNA samples from seawater, and proved that this method is accurate and more ... read more

Rapid Trait Evolution Crucial to Species Growth

Jan. 27, 2017 — Rapid evolution at the edges of a given species habitat may play a larger role in population expansions than previously suspected, according to the results of a new ... read more

Jan. 27, 2017 — The cane toad, which overran Australia when introduced there, and Panama's iconic, endangered golden frog both belong to the family Bufonidae. Researchers combed through many research papers to ... read more

Jan. 26, 2017 — A new secretive species of hermit crab living in crevices shared with moray eels and flaming reef lobsters, has been discovered in the southern Caribbean. The striped color pattern reminded the ... read more

Jan. 25, 2017 — Current nature reserves are not very suitable for the critically endangered Critically Endangered Leadbeater's Possum, but expansion of nature reserves might come at the expense of other ... read more

Genome Secrets of Elusive Human Malaria Species Revealed

Jan. 25, 2017 — The genomes of the two least common species of human malaria parasites have been revealed. These sequences will enable improved surveillance and diagnosis of these rarer parasites that still cause ... read more

Invasive Beetle Species in Hawaii Can Now Be Identified Faster With New Genetic Test

Jan. 25, 2017 — Researchers have developed a new genetic-testing method for identifying the invasive coconut rhinoceros beetle, which promises to be much faster than existing physical identification methods. The new ... read more

Jan. 25, 2017 — Rare and extinct animals are preserved in jars of alcohol in natural history museum collections around the world, which provide a wealth of information on the changing biodiversity of the planet. ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — The specific cues that trigger an animal's natural defense vary depending on the species and its history in the ecosystem, a new study ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — During a survey of the freshwater fishes of the Mali Hka River drainage in a wildlife sanctuary in Myanmar, scientists identified a new catfish species among the collected specimens. It is distinct ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — The distribution of house shrews in the coastal areas from Asia to East Africa suggests a wider trade network in the middle-modern ... read more

Jan. 23, 2017 — A graduate student has discovered several news species of wasps, including one that she named after musician Ani DiFranco. This particular group of wasps is of interest because they could potentially ... read more

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