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My blog is like 85% animal science and 15% video games with a smattering of kvetchy text posts so I hope you're ok with that. And I also like... write fiction... occasionally.

I KNOW I WROTE THAT CAT POST BUT I CAN'T DIAGNOSE YOUR CAT'S BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS PLEASE TALK TO A VET I AM NOT A VET

MOONY IS AN AXOLOTL AND IT ALSO SAYS WHAT HE IS AT THE TOP OF THAT POST QUIT ASKIN ME WHAT HE IS

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reptile-talk:

fuckyeavaranus:

Goniurosaurus orientalis (Japanese Cave Gecko)

I’ve really gotten a fondness for cave geckos lately.

(Source: fuckyeavaranids)

necromin asked
bar winged prinia! according to source. look like little fledglings : 3

DIDN’T EVEN THINK TO CHECK THE SOURCE FOR SOME REASON. Thank you bird side of tumblr!

libutron:

Two Spot Goby - Signigobius biocellatus
This is a reef-associated fish, scientifically named Signigobius biocellatus (Perciformes - Gobiidae), and commonly known by several names, such as Two Spot Goby, Signal Goby, Twinspot Goby, and Crabeye Goby.
Described in 1977 as a new genus and species from Palau, Philippines, Solomon Islands, New Guinea and the Great Barrier Reef, this fish has stunning color pattern. The distinctive eyespots on its erect dorsal fins give the species name biocellatus. 
References: [1] - [2]
Photo credit: ©divemecressi | Locality: Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia (2011)

libutron:

Two Spot Goby - Signigobius biocellatus

This is a reef-associated fish, scientifically named Signigobius biocellatus (Perciformes - Gobiidae), and commonly known by several names, such as Two Spot Goby, Signal Goby, Twinspot Goby, and Crabeye Goby.

Described in 1977 as a new genus and species from Palau, Philippines, Solomon Islands, New Guinea and the Great Barrier Reef, this fish has stunning color pattern. The distinctive eyespots on its erect dorsal fins give the species name biocellatus

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©divemecressi | Locality: Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia (2011)

science-junkie:

Parasitic Plant Strangleweed Injects Host With Thousands Of Its Own Expressed Genes
Virginia Tech professor and Fralin Life Institute affiliate Jim Westwood has made a discovery about plant-to-plant communication: enormous amounts of genetic messages in the form of mRNA transcripts are transmitted from the parasitic plant Cuscuta (known more commonly as dodder and strangleweed) to its hosts.
Using Illumina next generation sequencing technologies to sequence the tissues of the host and an attached parasite, the team found that the number of genes that gets passed into the host depends on the identity of the host.  The tomato plant received 347 of the strangleweed’s mRNAs, whereas the Arabidopsis received an astonishing 9514 mRNAs.  When Arabidopsis plant receives this many mRNAs, the total genetic material of tissues in contact with the strangleweed is about 45% from the parasite.
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science-junkie:

Parasitic Plant Strangleweed Injects Host With Thousands Of Its Own Expressed Genes

Virginia Tech professor and Fralin Life Institute affiliate Jim Westwood has made a discovery about plant-to-plant communication: enormous amounts of genetic messages in the form of mRNA transcripts are transmitted from the parasitic plant Cuscuta (known more commonly as dodder and strangleweed) to its hosts.

Using Illumina next generation sequencing technologies to sequence the tissues of the host and an attached parasite, the team found that the number of genes that gets passed into the host depends on the identity of the host.  The tomato plant received 347 of the strangleweed’s mRNAs, whereas the Arabidopsis received an astonishing 9514 mRNAs.  When Arabidopsis plant receives this many mRNAs, the total genetic material of tissues in contact with the strangleweed is about 45% from the parasite.

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realmonstrosities:

The Saiga lives in the Great Steppe of Eurasia, home of Attila the Hun and Gengis Khan.

These nomadic beasts divide their time between summer and wintering grounds, but their extraordinary schnoz is useful all year round.

In the dry, dusty summers, the nose helps filter out dust from the air. In the cold winter it serves to warm up the air before they breathe it in.

During the winter, males stop eating and spend all their time fighting over mates. Up to 97% of them may die out of sheer exhaustion!

…Image: Darwin Initiative/Seilov/Adriana Dinu

realmonstrosities:

bogleech:

This SEM photo of a hookworm’s head is so beautiful and vivid I thought I was looking at a digital painting. I want to frame this on the wall.
Hookworms are precious

I would call this “joyfully satisfied”.

realmonstrosities:

bogleech:

This SEM photo of a hookworm’s head is so beautiful and vivid I thought I was looking at a digital painting. I want to frame this on the wall.

Hookworms are precious

I would call this “joyfully satisfied”.

biomorphosis:

The maned wolf is the largest canine species in South America and closely resembles a red fox on stilts because of its long legs. It is neither a wolf, fox, coyote, or dog  but rather a member of its own Chrysocyon genus, making it a truly unique animal. They possess a mane that runs from the back of the head to the shoulders which can be erected to intimidate other animals when displaying aggression or when they feel threatened. 

Unlike other wolves that live in packs, maned wolves do not form or hunt in packs but prefer to live alone.  Maned wolf is considered as the last surviving species of the Pleistocene Extinction, which wiped out all other large canids from the continent.

biomorphosis:

The bat-eared fox is named for its huge ears, which can grow to be more than five inches long and stand out much like the ears on a bat. These foxes live in family units and typically eat insects to survive. 
This amazing animal can eat more than a million termites per year and can actually help control the termite population. They rarely drink water because they are able to hydrate with all the bugs they eat.

biomorphosis:

The bat-eared fox is named for its huge ears, which can grow to be more than five inches long and stand out much like the ears on a bat. These foxes live in family units and typically eat insects to survive. 

This amazing animal can eat more than a million termites per year and can actually help control the termite population. They rarely drink water because they are able to hydrate with all the bugs they eat.

cloudydrake asked
I'm wondering, will there ever be a sequel to Darkeye? There are so many things that were never said ;-;

good lord i finished the novel less than a week ago LET ME REST

libutron:

Cape Hare - Lepus capensis
The Cape hare, scientifically named Lepus capensis (Lagomorpha - Leporidae), is a typical hare in appearance, with long, slender limbs, large hind feet, a short tail, large eyes and large ears.
The backs of the ears have white outer edges and black tips, and may be ‘flashed’ when the hare is being pursued, possibly to confuse predators.
The Cape hare is well adapted to living in arid and desert environments, with a low metabolic rate, concentrated urine (to minimize water loss), and the ability to drink more saline water than other hares. Those huge ears are in fact a thermoregulatory mechanism to radiate heat and then cool themselves. 
This hare has a very wide distribution, being found across most non-forested regions of Africa, through the Arabian Peninsula and Middle East.
Other common names: Desert Hare, Arabian Hare, Brown Hare.
References: [1] - [2]
Photo credit: ©Drew Gardner | Locality: Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2006)

libutron:

Cape Hare - Lepus capensis

The Cape hare, scientifically named Lepus capensis (Lagomorpha - Leporidae), is a typical hare in appearance, with long, slender limbs, large hind feet, a short tail, large eyes and large ears.

The backs of the ears have white outer edges and black tips, and may be ‘flashed’ when the hare is being pursued, possibly to confuse predators.

The Cape hare is well adapted to living in arid and desert environments, with a low metabolic rate, concentrated urine (to minimize water loss), and the ability to drink more saline water than other hares. Those huge ears are in fact a thermoregulatory mechanism to radiate heat and then cool themselves. 

This hare has a very wide distribution, being found across most non-forested regions of Africa, through the Arabian Peninsula and Middle East.

Other common names: Desert Hare, Arabian Hare, Brown Hare.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Drew Gardner | Locality: Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2006)