does it need the rough teeth for dealing with thick-skinned melons? And where does it get them at sea?Hybrid between rough toothed dolphin and melon headed whale discovered.
Wow, that raises some random thoughts.Orange, cave dwelling dwarf crocodiles distinct from other dwarf crocs.
(c) BBC '18.A millipede so rare it is "new to science" and does not even have a common name, has been found in Neath Port Talbot.
Youngsters on a Halloween insect hunt found the bug at Craig Gwladus Country Park, near Cilfrew, on 30 October.
It has since been identified as the Turdulisoma cf turdulorum millipede, so rare it is only the third known site where it has been found.
The first was Aberkenfig, Bridgend, in 2017, by local expert Christian Owen.
It was subsequently confirmed as a new species by Dr Jörg Spelda at the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology in Germany.
All findings have been in south Wales, with the Craig Gwladus discovery uncovered among leaf litter and under old wood along the former Gelliau Colliery Tramroad at the park.
The teeth of the lower jaw of a crocodile are visable when the mouth is shut. The largest alligator is the black caiman at a maximum of 20 feet. The biggest crocodile is the saltwater crocodile at 28 feet and possibly as much as 30. Nile crocs probably top the 25 foot mark on occasion.Wow, that raises some random thoughts.
The orange cave dwelling dwarf crocodile: what is its armour class? how many hit points? How much damage does it do? Does it sit coiled on a hoard of gold and gems?
More seriously* the way to tell the difference between a crocodile and an alligator (apart from whether you see it later or after a while) is the length of the snout. The apparent difference between the dwarf crocodile and the orange cave dwelling dwarf crocodile is the width of the band of gaffer tape keeping its jaws shut. (Well, that and the whole being orange and living in a cave thing.) I can see why they tape up the jaws for handling these beasts, but whose job is it to remove the tape? Scope here for bullying the unpopular intern, I think.
Genuinely seriously: interesting that scientists made an initial assumption that the orange cave dwelling ones were ordinary ones which somehow fell into a cave, couldn't get out, and were condemned to spend their lives interpreting the world above from the shadows thrown on the back wall. However, with modern methods, they were able to determine genetically that they were separate species. It's not that long ago that similar mistakes would have gone undetected.
*But not very seriously.
I'm guessing that it excretes through its mouth.Is it an orange worm?
A London-based business specializing in sustainable building materials says it has paid $25,000 to name a newly discovered genus of wormlike amphibian after President Donald Trump.
EnviroBuild announced Tuesday that it would be using Dermophis donaldtrumpi as the name for the caecilian — an amphibian with no legs and poor eyesight. The business says the name still will need to undergo peer review, but that other animals have been named after presidents in the past.
Co-founder Aidan Bell authored a blog post that likened the qualities of the animal, which is native to Panama, to Trump.
Speaking of which:They are quite amazing. Even one of a jellyfish!
FULL STORY: https://www.apnews.com/55ffecf7b6944f90b3d79391c3ace9dbPocket-sized shark squirts glowing clouds from pockets
A pocket-sized pocket shark found in the Gulf of Mexico has turned out to be a new species.
And the mysterious pouches that it’s named for, up near its front fins? Scientists say they squirt little glowing clouds into the ocean.
Researchers from around the Gulf and in New York have named the species the American pocket shark, or Mollisquama (mah-lihs-KWAH-muh) mississippiensis (MISS-ih-sip-ee-EHN-sis).
It’s only the third out of more than 500 known shark species that may squirt luminous liquid, said R. Dean Grubbs, a Florida State University scientist who was not involved in the research. He said the other two are the previously known pocket shark and the taillight shark , which has a similar gland near its tail.
“You have this tiny little bulbous luminescent shark cruising around in the world’s oceans and we know nothing about them,” said Grubbs, the immediate past president of the American Elasmobranch Society — scientists who study sharks, skates and rays. “It shows us how little we actually know.” ...