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  • Animal behaviour, animal studies, new species and biodiversity

    This topic is to talk and post anything related about the new discoveries about animals, whatever those animals are

    i'll begin :


    Seven new species of spiders were just discovered in Australia Seven new species of spider, including a type of tarantula completely new to science, have been discovered in a Northern Territory national park.
    The discoveries were made by a team participating in the Bush Blitz nature program which saw 16 scientists, Indigenous rangers and field assistants, searching the 1.3m hectare Judbarra park for new species.


    http://www.theguardian.com/environme...ique-tarantula




  • #2
    Here are the 10 new species on the 2015 podium (with pictures inside)

    http://www.esf.edu/top10/ It's a big world out there. Scientists estimate that humans have discovered a mere 2 million of the 10 million or so species that roam the planet, and tragically, many of these species are vanishing before we have the chance to identify them.
    Those species that we have discovered hint at the amazing and varied ways that life thrives on Earth. Each year, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's International Institute for Species Exploration combs through the tens of thousands of newly named species and picks 10 that stand out. This year's list honors a long-extinct "chicken from hell" dino, an acrobatic spider and a humble animal that looks like a mushroom and doesn't quite fit in on the evolutionary tree of life, among others.

    http://www.livescience.com/50920-top...w-species.html

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    • #3
      Monkeys' cosy alliance with wolves looks like domestication

      In the alpine grasslands of eastern Africa, Ethiopian wolves and gelada monkeys are giving peace a chance. The geladas – a type of baboon – tolerate wolves wandering right through the middle of their herds, while the wolves ignore potential meals of baby geladas in favour of rodents, which they can catch more easily when the monkeys are present.
      It looks like domestication but can't really be considered so because, as the article points out, the monkeys don't appear to be getting anything out of the relationship, apart from not eaten, which seems as good a reason as any to make friends with wolves. Their offspring survive, the wolves eat, it's win-win.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by EvilMinion View Post
        It looks like domestication but can't really be considered so because, as the article points out, the monkeys don't appear to be getting anything out of the relationship, apart from not eaten, which seems as good a reason as any to make friends with wolves. Their offspring survive, the wolves eat, it's win-win.
        The presence of the wolves may also have side effects not described like keeping at bay other meaner predators or competitors for food of the baboons...I am just conjecturing, i don't know enough that ecosystem but it's not the first example of mutual mult layer association between a predator and a possible prey....

        Moreover, given the fangs of adult geladas, i don't think that any correctly fed wolf would try the chance to snatch a baby in the middle of a herd...

        https://monkeybuiznezz.wordpress.com/tag/gelada-facts/

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        • #5
          22 Strange Animals You Probably Didn’t Know Exist

          pictures inside : http://www.boredpanda.com/strange-animals/

          And 21 more : http://www.boredpanda.com/unusual-animals/

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mordoror View Post
            I am just conjecturing, i don't know enough that ecosystem but it's not the first example of mutual mult layer association between a predator and a possible prey....
            The "parasite cleaning stations" for marine predators comes to mind.

            Last edited by Piirka; 11-06-2015, 08:30 AM. Reason: link added

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            • #7
              Israel exports 400 million sterilized flies

              The sterilized Israeli flies will prevent crop damage by pests in Croatia and Bosnia.

              http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-i...ies-1001043329

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              • #8
                Holy crap some of those are weird. Sci-fi authors don't have to look far for inspiration for creating bizarre creatures from other planets. We have enough weird crap here. lol

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                • #9
                  Lazarus species (or extinct species re-discovered)

                  Rediscovered
                  They're called "Lazarus species" — creatures that have disappeared, sometimes for millions of years, only to miraculously be rediscovered again in modern times. Just as Lazarus was raised from the dead by Jesus in the Gospel of John, so these species manage to survive. Their rediscoveries are a bewildering reminder that when given a chance, life finds a way to survive. Here's a short list of 13 animals long-feared extinct that, in fact, have been rediscovered. (Text: Bryan Nelson)



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                  • #10
                    A few definitions about the relationships between animals

                    Mutualism : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutualism_%28biology%29

                    Parasitism : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasitism

                    Symbiosis : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbiosis

                    Phoresis : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoresis_%28biology%29

                    Inquiline : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inquiline

                    Competition : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Competition_%28biology%29

                    Predation : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predation

                    Parasitoidism : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasitoid
                    Last edited by Mordoror; 12-06-2015, 03:54 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mordoror View Post
                      Lazarus species (or extinct species re-discovered)

                      Rediscovered
                      They're called "Lazarus species" — creatures that have disappeared, sometimes for millions of years, only to miraculously be rediscovered again in modern times. Just as Lazarus was raised from the dead by Jesus in the Gospel of John, so these species manage to survive. Their rediscoveries are a bewildering reminder that when given a chance, life finds a way to survive. Here's a short list of 13 animals long-feared extinct that, in fact, have been rediscovered. (Text: Bryan Nelson)



                      interesting! I did not know that name before. Am reading a book right now on "de-extinction" of animals.....pretty interesting stuff actually.

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                      • #12
                        Deep Blue : one of the largest GW filmed underwater

                        http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/sh...s-ever-filmed/

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                        • #13
                          Here is a new predatory behaviour just observed from a polar bear :

                          Polar bears eat dolphins as Arctic warms

                          Norwegian scientists have seen polar bears eating dolphins in the Arctic for the first time ever and blame global warming for the bears expanding their diet.
                          Polar bears feed mainly on seals but Jon Aars at the Norwegian Polar Institute has photographed dolphins being devoured by a bear and published his findings in the latest edition of Polar Research this month.

                          rest here : http://www.theguardian.com/environme...s-arctic-warms

                          Not astonhishing as the Polar Bear is quite opportunist, still this shows that animal populations are migrating (white beaked dolphins in instance) beyond their normal ranges

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                          • #14
                            Shark season has begun in Gulf of Florida. It's the period of the year when sharks are coming close to the shore for reproduction. (watch the movie in the link)

                            Two teen have been mauled yesterday, losing limbs in North Carolina.

                            http://www.wfla.com/story/29325693/f...hark-sightings

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                            • #15
                              Hey, Mordoror, what is the probability that this story is true?

                              A group of Mississippi hunters who shot and killed an alligator weighting 910 pounds (413 kilograms) on Sunday, were amazed when they discovered that the animal already bore injuries caused by musket ammunitions from the Civil War era.
                              http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/usa-...ligators-hide/

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