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Fornasini’s Spiny Reed Frog - Afrixalus fornasini  

Afrixalus fornasini (Hyperoliidae) is a species of frog native to the savannas of eastern and southern Africa. It measures up to 40 mm snout-vent length, and it is considered large compared to other species within the genus.

This conspicuous frog is easily distinguished by its dorsal coloration, dark with broad light silverish dorsolateral bands from tip of snout to anus, that meet posteriorly. However, about half the specimens in northern populations (Tanzania and Kenya) have the entire dorsum silverish white. Many individuals have a broad brown mid-dorsal band as well.

Afrixalus fornasini is known to prey on the embryos of the frog Hyperolius springularis, inducing them to hatch early and at a small size (life-history plasticity).

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Photo credit: ©Stephen Zozaya | Locality: Mang’ula village, Tanzania (2014) | [Top] - [Bottom]

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New Research: Fossils of New Squirrel-like Species Support Earlier Origin of Mammals

A research team led by paleontologists at the American Museum of Natural History and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have described three new small squirrel-like species that place a poorly understood Mesozoic group of animals firmly in the mammal family tree. The study, published today in the journal Nature, supports the idea that mammals originated at least 208 million years ago in the late Triassic, much earlier than some previous research suggests.

The three new species—Shenshou lui, Xianshou linglong, and Xianshou songae—are described from six nearly complete 160-million-year-old fossils found in China. The animals, which researchers have placed in a new group, or clade, called Euharamiyida, likely looked similar to small squirrels. They weighed between 1 and 10 ounces and had tails and feet that indicate that they were tree dwellers.

Based on the age of the Euharamiyida species and their kin, the divergence of mammals from reptiles had to have happened much earlier than some research has estimated. Instead of originating in the middle Jurassic (between 176 and 161 million years ago), mammals likely first appeared in the late Triassic (between 235 and 201 million years ago).

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Wildlife photographer Nicolas Reusens spent hours crouched in a cave in Costa Rica, often up to his knees in water, to take this photo of a jumping frog

Picture: NICOLAS REUSENS / CATERS NEWS (via Pictures of the day: 22 August 2014 - Telegraph)

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Wildlife photographer Nicolas Reusens spent hours crouched in a cave in Costa Rica, often up to his knees in water, to take this photo of a jumping frog

Picture: NICOLAS REUSENS / CATERS NEWS (via Pictures of the day: 22 August 2014 - Telegraph)

i got a haircut but i was super nervous about it but now i am glad (there is a pic of me under the cut)

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Sometimes you are compelled by the science gods to make a photoset of the long-whiskered owlet (Xenoglaux loweryi), a fanciful creature that probably belongs at a masquerade somewhere.

Rare, tiny (14 cm, less than 50 g), and nearly flightless, this little fellow can be found in forests of Abra Patricia in northern Peru. It has a froglike call and may eat insects, though no one has yet actually observed it eating. My guess is that it lives on stardust and David Bowie songs.

(Photos by Dubi Shapiro, Gunnar, Adam Riley, and Shachar Alterman, respectively.)

Anonymous asked
have you seen the new dai gyakuten saiban trailer yet?? thoughts?????

LET ME TELL YOU I have no fuckin idea what to think other than

  1. steampunk bishounen sherlock seems on point
  2. Takumi was clearly listening on all the fandom jokes about 8 year old children becoming professionals because Iris Watson, MD
  3. i’m all about the ridiculous headcanon that sherlock is a gavin ancestor because of his necktie
  4. wright ancestor is a+ and i can’t wait to see him played off of ridiculous sherlock logic
  5. the amount of pointing has SKYROCKETED
  6. i am going to buy this game

Things I Learned as a Field Biologist #635

evopropinquitous:

There may come a time when, late one night deep in the forests of Madagascar, you stumble upon something that is magnificent in its diminution. A creature so glorious in its eensiness that you must steel every nerve to keep the squee at bay. But this encounter was no accident… you spent months of planning, weeks of waiting for permits and equipment, and so many long nights setting traps to ensnare this single, miniscule beast…

And now it is time.

Time to make the decision that will either bring these months to their most glorious fruition, or leave you bitter and empty-handed.

Will you…

1) Gingerly rub the soft mound of its belly… gently! Ever so gently…

2) Daub its tiny ventrum with rubbing alcohol? Cooling sensations help!

Or

3) Delicately squeeze it? It is, after all, roughly the size of a travel-sized toothpaste tube.

Choose, but choose wisely:

There are only so many ways to convince a mouse lemur (Microcebus spp.) to urinate.

And you NEED that urine.

Because science.

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Special thanks to my one of my favorite partners in gimlet-soaked-Jesus-hosted-glittery-burlesque crime for this post (and the International Primatological Society meetings in Hanoi for bringing us together again). Keep gingerly rubbing those fuzzy bellies, Luca. Keep gingerly rubbing.