Species

  • Douglas-fir Featured Article Douglas-fir Douglas-fir

    The Douglas-fir (scientific name: Pseudotsuga) is a genus of tree that includes ar least five species found in North America and Asia: Scientific... More »

  • European otter Featured Article European otter European otter

    The European otter (Lutra lutra) is a broadly distributed marine mammal found in both marine and freshwater systems over considerable portions of Europe, Asia and North Africa;... More »

  • Scaptia beyonceae: new species of fly Featured News Article Scaptia beyonceae: new species of fly Scaptia beyonceae: new species of fly

    A previously un-named species of horse fly whose appearance is dominated by its glamorous golden lower abdomen has been named in honour of American pop diva,... More »

  • Welwitschia Featured Article Welwitschia Welwitschia

    The Welwitschia (Welwitschia mirabilis) is a gymnosperm relict plant endemic to the Namib Desert. The species aerial architecture consists of a pair of very wide curled and... More »

  • Dugongs in Malaysia Featured Article Dugongs in Malaysia Dugongs in Malaysia

    Overview Dugongs were once common throughout the shallow coastal waters of East Malaysia (northeast Borneo).  The hunting of dugongs, particularly off the... More »

  • Crustacea Featured Article Crustacea Crustacea

    Crustaceans are invertebrates belonging to the phylum Arthropoda and include such familiar groups as barnacles, crabs, crayfish, lobster, water fleas and pill bugs. Crustaceans... More »

  • Macaroni penguin Featured Article Macaroni penguin Macaroni penguin

    The Macaroni penguin (scientific name: Eudyptes chrysolophus) is is one of seventeen species of flightless birds in the family of penguins. It is one of six "Crested... More »

  • Banded butterflyfish Featured Article Banded butterflyfish Banded butterflyfish

    The Banded butterflyfish (Chaetodon striatus) is a member of the butterflyfish family (Family Chaetodontidae) that lives on coral reefs in the Western Atlantic Ocean and... More »

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Pinniped Last Updated on 2014-07-21 17:04:25 Pinnipeds ("finned-feet") are are group of marine mammals, that includes seals, sea lions, and walruses. The word pinniped is sometimes treated as a synonym for "seal" since all pinnipeds except for the the sole species of Walrus are seals (sea lions are eared seals).     Scientific Classification Kingdom: Animalia (Animals) Phylum:--- Chordata Class:------ Mammalia (Mammals) Order:-------- Carnivora (Carnivores) Family:-------- Otariidae (Eared seals) Pinnipeds differ form other marine mammals like whales, dolphins and porpoises in that they do not spend their entire lives in water. Pinnipeds "haul out" onto land and ice to mate, give birth, moult, and rest. Pinnipeds were agressively hunted until the early twentieth century for their skins, oil, meat and, in the case of... More »
Malaysia Collection- Ecology and Biodiversity Last Updated on 2014-07-01 17:27:52 The Malaysia Collection: Ecology and Biodiversity includes a variety of scientific articles on the ecoregions of Malaysia, as well as specific species articles. The following outline is a guide to the articles of this collection:  Borneo lowland rainforests Borneo montane rainforests Borneo peat swamp Fforests Kinabalu montane alpine meadows Myanmar coast mangroves Peninsular Malaysian montane rainforests Peninsular Malaysian peat swamp forests Peninsular Malaysian rainforests South China Sea Islands Sunda Shelf mangroves Tenasserim-South Thailand semi-evergreen rainforests Biological diversity in Indo-Burma Biological diversity in Sundaland Malaysia - Forests, Grasslands, and Drylands Factsheet (WRI) Forests of Borneo Terrestrial mammals of Malaysia Asian elephant Clouded leopard Orangutan Marine mammals of... More »
Herbivore Last Updated on 2014-06-29 19:25:53 A herbivore is an animal that obtains its energy and nutrients by feeding on plants.  Different types of herbivores eat different plant parts.  For example, folivores feed on leaves, frugivores feed on fruits, granivores feed on seeds, pollinivores feed on pollen, and nectarivores feed on nectar. Herbivores can vary greatly in size, ranging from the largest terrestrial animals (elephants) and large marine mammals such as manatees and dugongs, to small insects, nematodes, and thrips.  Herbivores are primary consumers (they receive their energy by consuming primary producers), so they play an important trophic role in ecological communities and food webs.   Because mature leaves are low in nutrients, and difficult to digest because of their high cellulose content, animals use many different strategies to eat leaves. Animals that feed on grass leaves are generally... More »
Endangered species Last Updated on 2014-06-29 18:53:39 An endangered species is a biological taxon that is at risk of becoming extinct in a proximate time frame much sooner than the long term horizon in which species typically persist.[1] The application of this term is typically assigned when a species or subspecies population is near its minimum viable population size or is threatened by current or expected environmental alteration. Many governmental units apply the categorization of endangerment in order to create mechanisms of protection for the species involved. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) asserts that over one third of all extant organisms are currently endangered based on the sample of species that have been evaluated through the year 2006; however, the IUCN classifies certain other species in their summary statistics that are considered at a somewhat lesser level of threat. There are a variety... More »
Grand fir Last Updated on 2014-06-26 16:53:15 This Plant Guide on the Grand fir, Abies grandis (Douglas ex D. Don) Lindl., was prepared and contributed by Guy Nesom of the Biota of North America Program at the North Carolina Botanical Garden (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina) and Lincoln Moore of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Plant Data Center. Alternate common names Lowland white fir, balsam fir, western balsam fir, yellow fir, California great fir, Oregon white fir, Puget Sound fir, giant fir, grand fir, silver fir, tall silver fir, great silver fir, stinking fir. Uses The soft wood of grand fir is a valued source of pulpwood and is harvested as timber even though it is weaker and more prone to decay than many other species. It is also used as plywood and has been used for various kinds of rough construction, such as framing,... More »