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New crab species shares name with two 'Harry Potter' characters and a hero researcher

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:55:18 EST ~ While not much is known about the animals living around coral reefs, ex-Marine turned researcher Harry Conley would often take to the island of Guam, and dig deep into the rubble to find fascinating critters as if by magic learnt at Hogwarts. Years after his discoveries and his death, a secret is revealed -- a new species and genus of crab, Harryplax severus. Find out more...

Anti-Sea lice drugs may pose hazard to non-target crustaceans

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:58:42 EST ~ To treat sea lice infections in aquaculture, veterinary medicines are widely used. However, these medicines may cause collateral damage, warn scientists. Find out more...

Climate change prompts Alaska fish to change breeding behavior

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:41:02 EST ~ One of Alaskas most abundant freshwater fish species is altering its breeding patterns in response to climate change, which could impact the ecology of northern lakes that already acutely feel the effects of a changing climate, research suggests. Find out more...

Green Sahara's ancient rainfall regime revealed

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:17:41 EST ~ Rainfall patterns in the Sahara during the 6,000-year 'Green Sahara' period have been pinpointed by analyzing marine sediments. From 5,000 to 11,000 years ago, what is now the Sahara Desert had ten times the rainfall it does today and was home to hunter-gatherers who lived in the region's savannahs and wooded grasslands. The new research is the first to compile a continuous record of the region's rainfall going 25,000 years into the past. Find out more...

Intense industrial fishing

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:37:46 EST ~ A new study examines how China maintains large catches and what it means for fishery management elsewhere Find out more...

International effort announced to try to save the world's most endangered marine mammal

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:22:50 EST ~ An ambitious, emergency plan to help save the vaquita porpoise from extinction in the northern Gulf of California has been recommended by the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA). The plan involves relocating some of the remaining vaquitas to a temporary sanctuary, while crucial efforts aimed at eliminating illegal fishing and removing gillnets from their environment continue. Find out more...

Massive sea lion, fur seal hunting in the Patagonian coasts is altering Southern Atlantic Ocean ecosystems

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:56:26 EST ~ Sea lion hunting by the Europeans at the Atlantic coasts of South America it started in the 19th Century and continued up to the second half of the 20th century in Argentina and Uruguay changed its nutrition guidelines of these pinnipeds as well as the structure of the coastal trophic network, according to new research. Find out more...

Vitamin B-12, and a knockoff version, create complex market for marine vitamins

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:39:06 EST ~ Vitamin B-12 exists in two different, incompatible forms in the oceans. An organism thought to supply essential vitamin B-12 in the marine environment is actually churning out a knockoff version. Find out more...

Mitochondrial DNA shows past climate change effects on gulls

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:34:12 EST ~ To understand the present and future, we have to start with the past. A new study uses the mitochondrial DNA of Heermann's gulls to draw conclusions about how their population has expanded in the Gulf of California since the time of the glaciers -- and, by extension, how human-caused climate change may affect them in the future. Find out more...

New species of moth named in honor of Donald Trump ahead of his swearing-in as president

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:13:14 EST ~ Days before Donald J. Trump steps forward on the Presidential Inauguration platform in Washington on Jan. 20, an evolutionary biologist has named a new species in his honor. The researcher hopes that the fame around the new moth will successfully point to the critical need for further conservation efforts for fragile areas such as the habitat of the new species. Find out more...