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...
PinnipedLast Updated on 2014-07-21 17:04:25Pinnipeds ("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).
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
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 BiodiversityLast Updated on 2014-07-01 17:27:52The 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
Marine mammals of... More »
HerbivoreLast Updated on 2014-06-29 19:25:53A 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 speciesLast Updated on 2014-06-29 18:53:39An 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. 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 firLast 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.
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 »
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