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Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Porcupine

Porcupine

Porcupine. Porcupines are rodentian mammals with a coat of sharp spines, or quills, that protect against predators. The term covers two families of animals, the Old World porcupines of family Hystricidae, and the New World porcupines of family Erethizontidae. Both families belong to the infraorder Hystriccognathi within the profoundly diverse order Rodentia and display superficially similar coats of

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Stick Insect

Stick Insect

Stick Insect. The Phasmatodea are an order of insects, whose members are variously known as stick insects in Europe and Australasia; stick-bugs, walking sticks or bug sticks in the United States and Canada; or as phasmids, ghost insects or leaf insects (generally the family Phylliidae). The group’s name is derived from the Ancient Greek phasma, meaning an apparition or phantom, referring to the resemblance of many species to sticks or leaves. Their natural camouflage makes

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Ladybird

Ladybird

Ladybird. Coccinellidae is a widespread family of small beetles ranging from 0.8 to 18 mm (0.03 to 0.71 inches). They are found worldwide, with over 6,000 species described. Coccinellids are known as ladybugs in North America, and ladybirds in Britain and other parts of the English-speaking world. Entomologists widely prefer the names ladybird beetles or lady beetles as these insects are not classified as true

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Neonicotinoid Pesticides Harm Bees

Neonicotinoid Pesticides Harm Bees

Neonicotinoid Pesticides Harm Bees. Neonicotinoids are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine. In the 1980s Shell and in the 1990s Bayer started work on their development. The neonicotinoid family includes acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, nitenpyram, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam. Imidacloprid is the most widely used insecticide in the world. Compared to organophosphate and carbamate insecticides, neonicotinoids cause less toxicity in birds and

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Sloth

Sloth

Sloth. Sloths are mammals classified in the families Megalonychidae (two-toed sloths) and Bradypodidae (three-toed sloths). There are six extant species of sloths. They are named after the capital sin of sloth because they seem slow and lazy at first glance; however, their usual idleness is due to metabolic adaptations for conserving energy. Aside from their surprising bursts of speed

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Tamarin

Tamarin

Tamarin. Tamarins are squirrel-sized New World monkeys from the family Callitrichidae in the genus Saguinus. Different species vary considerably in appearance, ranging from nearly all black through mixtures of black, brown and white. Mustache-like facial hairs are typical for many species. Their body size ranges from 13 to 30 cm (plus a 25 to 44 cm

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Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Dragonfly. A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, infraorder Anisoptera. Fossils of very large dragonfly ancestors in the Protodonata are found from 325 million years ago in Upper Carboniferous rocks; these had wingspans up to about 750 mm (30 in). Today, there are about 3000 species of Anisoptera in the world. Adults are characterised

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Tarsier

Tarsier

Tarsier. Tarsiers are haplorrhine primates of the family Tarsiidae, which is itself the lone extant family within the infraorder Tarsiiformes. Although the group was once more widespread, all the species living today are found in the islands of Southeast Asia. Fossils of tarsiiform primates are found in Asia, Europe, and North America, with disputed fossils from

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Parrot

Parrot

Parrot. Parrots are birds of roughly 393 species in 92 genera that make up the order Psittaciformes, found in most tropical and subtropical regions. The order is subdivided into three superfamilies: the Psittacoidea (“true” parrots), the Cacatuoidea (cockatoos), and the Strigopoidea (New Zealand parrots). Parrots have a genrally pan-tropical distribution with several species inhabiting temperate regions in the Southern Hemisphere; in South America and

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Goldfish

Goldfish

Goldfish. Carassius auratus is a freshwater fish in the family Cyprinidae of order Cypriniformes. It was one of the earliest fish to be domesticated, and is one of the most commonly kept aquarium fish. It was first domesticated in China more than a thousand years ago, and several distinct breeds have since been developed, varying greatly in size,

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