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Increased protection of world's national animal symbols needed, suggests study

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:26:24 EDT ~ The snowy-feathered head and distinctive brown body of the bald eagle is a proud national symbol of the United States, adorning the country's currency and passports. The lion, known as 'King of the Beasts,' represents national strength and identity in several African countries. But, how are populations of the planet's most valued wildlife faring in the 21st century? How well are societies protecting the species they have chosen to embody their ideals and represent their national identity? Find out more...

Border walls may pose big challenges to biodiversity, but smaller ones to humans

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:12:13 EDT ~ Walls such as the proposed barrier along the US-Mexico border lead to habitat fragmentation and can close off animal populations by impeding movement. Find out more...

Are wolverines in the Arctic in the climate change crosshairs?

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:11:25 EDT ~ Will reductions in Arctic snow cover make tundra-dwelling wolverines more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought? That's a question scientists hope an innovative method described in a new study will help answer. Find out more...

Herpetologists describe an elf frog from the elfin forests in southern Vietnam

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:04:35 EDT ~ Going under the common name of Elfin mountain toad, a new amphibian is recognized as one of the smallest representative of its group. The new species was identified from the highland wet forests of Langbian Plateau, Southern Vietnam. The discoverers gave it this name that derives from German and Celtic folklore because of the resemblance they found between the tiny delicate amphibians and elves - small magic creatures. Furthermore, their habitat is known as elfin forests. Find out more...

New coral reef fish species shows rare parental care behavior

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:38:55 EDT ~ The vast majority of coral reef fish produce large numbers of young that disperse into the ocean as larvae, drifting with the currents before settling down on a reef. A few reef fish, however keep their broods on the reef, protecting the young until they are big enough to fend for themselves. On a recent trip to the Philippines, researchers discovered a new species of damselfish that exhibits this unusual parental care behavior. Find out more...

Myanmar's extensive forests are declining rapidly due to political and economic change

Wed, 17 May 2017 14:36:20 EDT ~ The loss of intact forest cover in Myanmar has accelerated over the last decade, according to a new study. Find out more...

'Trojan fish': Invasive rabbitfish spread invasive species

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:16:46 EDT ~ For some time, unicellular benthic organisms from the Indo-Pacific have been spreading in the Mediterranean. An international team of scientists has now found evidence that a possible path of invasion has been in the gut of fish. Find out more...

Large volcanic eruption may have caused the first mass extinction

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:06:38 EDT ~ Researchers say they may have found the cause of the first mass extinction of life. Find out more...

How have European freshwater fish species changed over time?

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:05:23 EDT ~ Over time, humans have contributed to the loss of native species and have introduced non-native species throughout Europe. A new analysis shows how European freshwater fish have changed profoundly since 1840. At the continental scale, the contemporary fauna holds net 11 more species today as exotic species introduction (26 species) exceeded native species loss (15 species). But the biggest change was made by European species introduced from one area in Europe to another (77 species), often with fatal results. Find out more...

A mammoth task: How do we decide which species to resurrect?

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:26:15 EDT ~ The resurrection of vanished species -- through cutting-edge technologies such as gene-editing -- should be targeted towards recently extinct species rather than ancient ones, according to a conservation biologist. He suggests that long-gone species such as the woolly mammoth would not be the best focus for de-extinction efforts. Find out more...