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Botany in the Azores

So … I skipped yesterday’s new species. It isn’t because there weren’t any new species that day (there were), but because I¬†was studying for exams and, irresponsibly, didn’t leave enough time to write about ghost shrimp or African mice. Succulents, … Continue reading

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The New Guinean Horned Jumping Spiders

In general I won’t write about a new species unless I can find high-quality photographs of a live specimen or its close relatives. Today I’m relenting, because even though I could only find one available image, this is a group … Continue reading

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Madagascar’s Marvellous Mantellids

Mantellidae is a family of small, often brightly colored frogs found exclusively in Madagascar and on nearby islands. The most familiar of these frogs are those in the genus Mantella, which are toxic and similar, although not closely related, to … Continue reading

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The Prickly Pear

The Chihuahuan Desert, stretching from southern Arizona through central Mexico, is home to a surprising diversity of drought-tolerant plant species. Of these, prickly pear cactuses (genus Opuntia) are perhaps the most recognizable. No one is entirely sure how many species … Continue reading

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