5 posts tagged madagascar

8th January 2013
Incongruous with its scientific name, the Malagasy fanaloka (Fossa fossana) is not the common Madagascan predator known as the fossa. The Malagasy fanaloka spends its nights foraging in trees or on the forest floor for various invertebrates and frogs, sometimes even fruit. These animals work in pairs to defend their territory by making eerie calls to one another, scaring other species off.
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Incongruous with its scientific name, the Malagasy fanaloka (Fossa fossana) is not the common Madagascan predator known as the fossa. The Malagasy fanaloka spends its nights foraging in trees or on the forest floor for various invertebrates and frogs, sometimes even fruit. These animals work in pairs to defend their territory by making eerie calls to one another, scaring other species off.

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24th November 2012
Once believed to be extinct, the web-footed tenrec (Limnogale mergulus), has been relocated in the wild, but information regarding that is scarce. Their reddish brown fur is short, dense, and water repellant. This species of tenrec noses among stones and weeds for water insects, crabs, and crayfish by propelling itself using its tail.
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Once believed to be extinct, the web-footed tenrec (Limnogale mergulus), has been relocated in the wild, but information regarding that is scarce. Their reddish brown fur is short, dense, and water repellant. This species of tenrec noses among stones and weeds for water insects, crabs, and crayfish by propelling itself using its tail.

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6th April 2012
Four new species of chameleon were found on the African island of Madagascar. With an average adult length of of just over an inch (2.9cm) from snout to tail, these are some of the tiniest reptiles in the world.Scientists think the diminutive new chameleon species might represent extreme cases of island dwarfism, whereby organisms shrink in size due to limited resources on islands.Scientists think Brookesia micra (juvenile shown in top picture) might have achieved its small size through a “double” island dwarfism effect, in which the dwarf species Brookesia minima on the Madagascan resort island of Nosy Be found its way to an islet, Nosy Hara, where it shrank even further.Brookesia desperata peers at a photographer through widely spaced eyes in the second photo.The small sizes of the four new chameleon species make them especially vulnerable to habitat destruction, and some of their names were chosen to reflect this. The latter part of B. desperata’s name, for example, means “desperate” in Latin.
(read more) Four new species of chameleon were found on the African island of Madagascar. With an average adult length of of just over an inch (2.9cm) from snout to tail, these are some of the tiniest reptiles in the world.Scientists think the diminutive new chameleon species might represent extreme cases of island dwarfism, whereby organisms shrink in size due to limited resources on islands.Scientists think Brookesia micra (juvenile shown in top picture) might have achieved its small size through a “double” island dwarfism effect, in which the dwarf species Brookesia minima on the Madagascan resort island of Nosy Be found its way to an islet, Nosy Hara, where it shrank even further.Brookesia desperata peers at a photographer through widely spaced eyes in the second photo.The small sizes of the four new chameleon species make them especially vulnerable to habitat destruction, and some of their names were chosen to reflect this. The latter part of B. desperata’s name, for example, means “desperate” in Latin.
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Four new species of chameleon were found on the African island of Madagascar. With an average adult length of of just over an inch (2.9cm) from snout to tail, these are some of the tiniest reptiles in the world.
Scientists think the diminutive new chameleon species might represent extreme cases of island dwarfism, whereby organisms shrink in size due to limited resources on islands.
Scientists think Brookesia micra (juvenile shown in top picture) might have achieved its small size through a “double” island dwarfism effect, in which the dwarf species Brookesia minima on the Madagascan resort island of Nosy Be found its way to an islet, Nosy Hara, where it shrank even further.
Brookesia desperata peers at a photographer through widely spaced eyes in the second photo.
The small sizes of the four new chameleon species make them especially vulnerable to habitat destruction, and some of their names were chosen to reflect this. The latter part of B. desperata’s name, for example, means “desperate” in Latin.

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