June 3rd, 2008

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New spider species found near Albany (Australia)

Researchers have discovered a new species of spider on Western Australia's south coast.

The group has also uncovered a population of an ancient arachnid known as the Assassin spider.

The spiders were found at a number of sites along a 70 kilometre stretch of coastline near Albany.

The Assassin spider is just five millimetres in length and, despite its name, is harmless to humans.

Mark Harvey from the Western Australian Museum says the Assassin spider is a threatened species and is believed to date back 150 million years.

He says it is a significant discovery.

"We hadn't seen that species for about 25 years, so to find them quite happy in their habitat on the south coast was quite a boon for us," he said.

The new species of spider, which is yet to be named, is about four millimetres long and was discovered at Bremer Bay.

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Previous posts about Assassin spiders (not this particular new species though)

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Two more "new discovery" articles and I'm done.

A Survivor In Greenland: A Novel Bacterial Species Is Found Trapped In 120,000-year-old Ice

Excerpts from the article:

A team of Penn State scientists has discovered a new ultra-small species of bacteria that has survived for more than 120,000 years within the ice of a Greenland glacier at a depth of nearly two miles. The microorganism's ability to persist in this low-temperature, high-pressure, reduced-oxygen, and nutrient-poor habitat makes it particularly useful for studying how life, in general, can survive in a variety of extreme environments on Earth and possibly elsewhere in the solar system.

This new species is among the ubiquitous, yet mysterious, ultra-small bacteria, which are so tiny that the cells are able to pass through microbiological filters. In fact, some species have been found living in the ultra-purified water used for dialysis. "Ultra-small cells could be unknown contaminants in media and medical solutions that are thought to have been sterilized using filters," said Loveland-Curtze.


4th Grade Student Names New Species of Gecko

Excerpts from the article:

After its discovery by Dr. Aaron Bauer on the South Pacific island of New Caledonia, a new gecko species remained nameless, until now. New Jersey fourth grader, Gemma Farquhar has given the once nameless species of gecko an identity. As the grand prize winner of the nationwide contest, Project Gecko presented by Zilla, Farquhar's name Bavayia periclitata will be given to the new species.

"I chose this name because it means endangered and it will make people think about how our geckos are disappearing and are on the endangered list. I hope people will try harder to protect our geckos," said Farquhar. "Winning Project Gecko means a lot to me because I named a whole new species of gecko for eternity and giving the gecko this name may mean there's a better chance to help other species."


Cow Fish!

This little guy is a Cowfish, (which as far as I can tell does not appear on the tag list.)

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I found him in the Seattle Aquarium, posing for the camera. Also known as boxfishes, cofferfishes, and trunkfishes.
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MOD Post.

Hey guys. Just popping in to remind some people that they really ought to read the rules before posting and that there is a tag list just begging to be checked before hand as well.

The Taglist.

Having to constantly remind people to check it is getting rather tedious, I'd also like to stress this to the new members who are joining after seeing the community featured in the spotlight.

Thankyou, ILU GAIZ 8U

*maek out*
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The Sunfish

I've seen them several times at the Montery Bay Aquarium when i lived in Monterey in central California.<3 They're amazing, especially how they move and can shimmer in dark water.

Isn't it cool?!

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Turn About is Fair Play

I found these while searching for some reference photos on Flickr. We've all heard about sharks hunting sea lions. How about sea lions hunting sharks?


Website the photo is from: http://www.naturefocused.com/

More photos here:
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Pucker Up!


Kissing gouramis are also known as kissing fish or kissers. They are a tropical freshwater fish found from Thailand to Indonesia where they are eaten as food. These cute fish get their name from their unique mouths which are highly protrusible so when they move them it look like they are puckering up to kiss. The "kissing" is an aggressive gesture and males "kiss" while trying to attract females. (there are fish yaoi fans who knew?) Sometimes they "kiss" another fish (when it's another kissing fish it's adorable) or objects in the tank. 

Link to a video of a pair kissing because LJ is being a pain: http://youtube.com/watch?v=k6Jj0TDSlXY

Edit: Added infomation about the "kissing

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Vampire Moth

Because of the combo of recent posts.

There's vampire bats. And vampire finches. And vampire squid from hell (altho they don't suck blood) and Vampyrellid amoebas that go after pathogenic fungi and vampire snails that go after fish.

And there's vampire moths. Calyptra from SE Asia I already knew about, apparently evolved from fruit-suckers that found eyeballs to be an adequate substitute. Oddly, they're also turning up in Finland - http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/06/skin_piercing_vampire_moth_va.php

But a recently observed Madagascar species goes one further.

It uses a harpoon.

Fairly scary thing to find stuck under your eyelid in the morning, I'd expect
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Who would've guessed that rats held this much power in dating human colonization?

Key points:
  • Humans may not have colonized New Zealand over 2000 years ago, it may have been 1000 years later.

  • This was found by new carbon dating of old Pacific rat (kiore) bones.

  • The bones were no older than 200 BCE (not 1280 BCE as previously thought).
Interesting Quote:
"As the Pacific rat or kiore cannot swim very far, it can only have arrived in New Zealand with people on board their canoes, either as cargo or stowaways. Therefore, the earliest evidence of the Pacific rat in New Zealand must indicate the arrival of people" Dr Wilmshurst said.

What do you think?
Could the rats have come after and humans could've inhabited earlier rat-free?
Or have rat bones thrown a monkey wrench into history?

Dr Wilmshurst

ETA: I tried to get the article in here but I keep getting a ^&*^(*^ error so... you have the source.