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Story #2

Sent by @imladris

This has happened many times before.

Every winter a flock (or two) of Canada geese land into our neighbor's yard. they sleep in the nearest city to us, (Washington D.C.), at least they go there in the evening. usually they come so early that I'm still in bed when I hear them honking in the air, I get out of bed as quickly as I can, so I can see their majestic landing. I've always thought of them as king of the geese, they land so smoothly that It's like they're swans landing on water. That's the story.

פורסם ב נובמבר 26, 2020 11:40 לפנה"צ על־ידי myles678 myles678 | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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A brief on Chamomile - Appendix II

Chemical Aspects of Chamomile

Photosynthesis

Primary metabolism
-> Carbohydrates
-> Chlorophyll
-> Lipids
-> Proteins

Secondary metabolism

-> Alkaloids
-> Cyanogenic glycosides
-> Phenolics ----- coumarins
))))))))))))) ----- chalcones^ ----------------------- flavones* (e.g. luteolin, apigenin)
)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) ---- flavanones* ---- isoflavones*
))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) ---- flavanols* ---- anthocyanins* (colors of red flowers)
))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) ---- flavonols* (e.g. quercetin, patuletin)
))))))))))))) ----- phenolic acid ---- lignins
-> Terpenoids (> sesquiterpenoids, e.g. matricin, chamazulene)

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Remarks:
^ Chalcone is an aromatic ketone that forms the central core of many important biological compounds. They are the biogenetic precursors of flavonoids.

*Flavonoids

פורסם ב נובמבר 26, 2020 10:52 לפנה"צ על־ידי lunababy22 lunababy22 | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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Предварительные итоги года.

На сегодняшний день в нашем проекте зафиксировано более 1000 дикорастущих видов флоры! Это очень здорово, больше 2/3 от официального числа, приводимого для Нижегородской области.
За окнами уже начинается снег, и темпы роста числа наблюдений заметно снижены. Грядущий декабрь - не самое лучшее время для фото-наблюдений, да еще и месяц, наполненный другими хлопотами. Посмотрим, что получится. Пока за прошедший год темпы роста такие (без учета архивных загрузок), в формате "число наблюдений/число видов":

декабрь (2019) 1/1
январь 2/1
февраль 6/6

март 75/35
апрель 635/169
май 2047/361

июнь 3242/540
июль 6155/609
август 4240/580

сентябрь 922/300
октябрь 661/287
ноябрь 198/128

Не хилые перепады по месяцам :)
Всего же на данный момент у нас 29793 наблюдения. Мы по прежнему на 6-ом месте в "большом зонтике" (https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/flora-of-russia). Успеем ли к Новому году достигнуть красивой отметки в 30000? Вся надежда на архивы пользователей и работу экспертов в бэклоге Флоры России (https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/flora-of-russia-needs-id-backlog?tab=observations). С территории Нижегородской области там болтается 2340 наблюдений (менее 2% от всего числа наблюдений проекта). Надеемся, что еще хотя бы часть из них. поддающаяся определению, перекочует в основной проект.

פורסם ב נובמבר 26, 2020 08:47 לפנה"צ על־ידי beerolha beerolha | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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Профиль пользователя.

Друзья, добрый день.

Сегодня про то, чем порой пренебрегают пользователи - корректно заполненный профиль пользователя.
Да-да, зачастую многие считают, что оригинального (или "оригинального") никнейма для iNat вполне достаточно. Но - нет.
Есть две проблемы, которые возникают в связи с этим. Первая - это то, что ваши наблюдения, хотите вы этого или нет, но становятся в том числе частью серьёзной научной базы данный, называемой GBIF—the Global Biodiversity Information Facility - это всемирное хранилище всех данных о биоразнообразии, а любой участник iNat становится в один ряд коллекторов, например, с Чарльзом Дарвиным. И это не преувеличение - в GBIF хранятся в том числе все оцифрованные коллекции, в том числе и те, что собирал Дарвин.

Так вот, в один ряд с Дарвиным порой становятся "таинственные персоны", спрятавшиеся на каким-то никнеймом. Вот как на следующей картинке.

А ведь какие-то из этих данных могут стать интересными какому-то учёному, возьмёт он их для публикации, и что он напишет про автора? То, что это такой вот набор букв сделал интересное наблюдение.
И ещё, зайдя в профиль этого пользователя, напишет ему сообщение и будет ждать ответа долгие годы. Это я не утрирую, а из личной практики: некоторые пользователи не появляются на сайте месяцами, а все сообщения с сайта уходят у них в спам.
Поэтому, совет такой: давайте в профиле какие-то другие варианты связаться с вами. Если не хотите давать телефон или адрес почты, то дайте ссылку на аккаунт в соцсети. Поверьте, это работает.

פורסם ב נובמבר 26, 2020 07:12 לפנה"צ על־ידי alexeiebel alexeiebel | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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Our Community Citizen Science Day!

What a lovely day we had at the Jacana Wetlands, building and installing our bee hotels - fingers crossed we see some native pollinators checking in to their new digs soon!

Thanks to all the wonderful people who came down to help out - it was such a pleasure to connect with you all.

פורסם ב נובמבר 26, 2020 04:57 לפנה"צ על־ידי taryndc taryndc | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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Estadisticas al 25 de noviembre 2020

OBSERVACIONES 115.824
ESPECIES 11.835
IDENTIFICADORES 3.875
OBSERVADORES 4.032

פורסם ב נובמבר 26, 2020 04:35 לפנה"צ על־ידי awsalas awsalas | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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Estadísticas al 25 de noviembre

Las estadísticas a la fecha son:
OBSERVACIONES 14.881 (22,301 con casuales)
ESPECIES 1.527
IDENTIFICADORES 1.192
OBSERVADORES 1.250

Apenas unos 200 registros más de observaciones con grado de investigación. Esto destaca la importancia de organizar eventos regularmente.

Las 3 especies más observadas son aves: Pyrocephalus rubinus con 432 observaciones, Zenaida meloda con 310 y Mimus longicaudatus con 217.
Después de las aves, el siguiente grupo más observado es el de moluscos con el Cornu aspersum con 149 observaciones. Le sigue el insecto apis mellifera con 110 observaciones, luego un mamífero Sciurus stramineus con 98 observaciones y luego un insecto, Harmonia axyrides con 85 observaciones. Sigue la araña Argiope argentata con 65 observaciones y finalmente Taraxacum officinale con 27 observaciones. Microlophus tigris tiene 26 observaciones y Rhinella limensis con 11 observaciones.
Esto da una idea de la facilidad de observaciones. Insectos y plantas están subrepresentados en la lista de especies porque la mayoría está pendiente de identificación.

פורסם ב נובמבר 26, 2020 04:34 לפנה"צ על־ידי awsalas awsalas | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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Staff Challenge - post your pics by 11 December!

We have a ACF Staff challenge running until 11 December to try and get as many of us joining & posting observations to the project (note: you can use either your phone/smart devices or a web browser to upload photos).

There will be prizes given for:

  • Top threatened species find
  • Creepiest Crawley
  • Most posts/observations made during this time (Nov 24 - 11 Dec)
  • Best Platypus sighting

Hot tip: use iNaturalist to search for recent platypus sightings – you may be surprised how close some of you are to areas where they are sighted!

This is a great kids activity for the weekend! You can also upload pics that were taken anytime this year – so lots of opportunity to bump some of us from the leader board

Can't wait to see what you find!

  • Carmen (ACF)

Note; as judge I will not be eligible for prizes.

פורסם ב נובמבר 26, 2020 03:47 לפנה"צ על־ידי carmensm carmensm | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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Thankful Week

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, the one special holiday to enjoy some time with your family whether or not you decide to or not. During the week, we obtained 21 observations, which is a little below the average. Good news for us, unless my plans change (which they do often), I get to go Morrow/Umatilla County this Sunday in search for some cool hawks.

Observation of the week goes to @nordsman for a photo of a juvenile Western Red-tailed Hawk. It might be a common species but when you get a great photo, it deserves some recognition. The broad patagials and barred flanks are good indicators of the subspecies, especially in juvenile plumage. You can see the photo here:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/65501164

I still want to go out and find owls but snow will keep me away from the mountains until I get snow tires on my car. We still need saw-whet owls for the project and with the excitement of the Rockfeller owl, go looking in spruce trees. It's their favorite tree and it doesn't matter if it's remote or in a city, they'll be there. Good luck birders!

פורסם ב נובמבר 26, 2020 03:28 לפנה"צ על־ידי birdwhisperer birdwhisperer | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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Journal #4

1) Jumping Bush Cricket
Taxonomy :
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Order:Orthoptera
Suborder: Ensifera
Family:Gryllidae
Genus:Hapithus
Species:H. saltator
11/13/20 || 3:53 pm || 79 degrees Fahrenheit || Laredo, Texas || seen in my kitchen || the cricket is good crucial for birds and bigger insects to get nutrients. || cricket was seen resting on the floor.|| Lat: 27.593// Long:-99.525||.
Link: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/65605883

2) Brewer’s Blackbird
Taxonomy:
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Icteridae
Genus:Euphagus
Species:E. cyanocephalus
11/10/20|| 8:28 am || 75 degrees Fahrenheit || Laredo, Texas || seen in the park || lat:27.611//long:-99.463|| the blackbirds help farmers by eating insects in cornfields || bird was seen resting on a tree branch.
Link: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/65606050

3)Boat-tailed Grackle
Taxonomy:
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Icteridae
Genus:Quiscalus
Species:Q. major
11/13/20|| 3:53 pm|| 80 degrees Fahrenheit || Laredo, Texas|| seen in a parking lot|| lat:27.593//long:-99.525|| grackles are actually a threat to cornfields, they eat ripening corn sprouts and damage cornfields. || bird was seen looking for acorns.
Link: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/65606164

4)Black Flies
Taxonomy:
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Order:Diptera
Family:Simuliidae
Subfamily:Simuliinae
Tribe:Simuliini
Genus:Simulium
11/25/20|| 10:59 am|| 96 degrees Fahrenheit || Laredo, Texas || seen in my backyard|| lat:27.593//long:-99.525||
They play an important role in terrestrial and aquatic food chains- they are prayed on my insects and birds.
Link: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/65607190

5)Garden Acraea
Taxonomy:
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Nymphalidae
Tribe:Acraeini
Genus:Acraea
11/25/20 || 11:00 am|| 85 degrees Fahrenheit || lat:27.593//long:-99.525|| seen in my backyard || Laredo,Texas|| the acraea eats plants until it is turned into a butterfly, however- it can be preyed on by other insects|| the acraea is seen being eaten by ants.
Link: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/65607265

פורסם ב נובמבר 26, 2020 01:06 לפנה"צ על־ידי emivenz emivenz | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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Useful Facebook Identification Groups

I decided to make a list of all the Facebook identification groups I normally use when trying to identify the things I photograph. Some groups are more "scientific", others not so much, but all of them have been really useful. People tend to be very helpful and usually have a pedagogical approach to my ID requests.

The groups listed bellow can be divided into 2 groups: the portuguese ones (where people speak portuguese) and the worldwide ones (where users tend to use english to communicate). There is also a spanish group where both spanish, portuguese and english can be used (although people prefer spanish).

I organised the list according to the taxonomic groups covered by each group. I made a small explanatory note when the subject of each group is not clear (either because the name is portuguese or because it is a very "broad themed" group).

Hope this can be usefull!

Birds

Mammals

Animal tracks/traces

Reptiles and Amphibians

Fish and other marine or coastal organisms

Mollusks

Insects

Spiders

Plants, bryophytes and lichens

Mushrooms

פורסם ב נובמבר 25, 2020 11:11 אחה"צ על־ידי joaolemoslima joaolemoslima | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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Membership

To become a member, you must be a close friend to BOTH of the project curators. If you are, then you must get permission. If you aren't, then you can't become a member until you have a close friendship. Either way, you have to get permission to become a member.

פורסם ב נובמבר 25, 2020 08:41 אחה"צ על־ידי imladris imladris | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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Contacts

Here are the contacts for information on this project from the curators.

Comments:
There aren't any journal posts you can comment on for information yet.

Messages:
@imladris| https://www.inaturalist.org/messages/new?to=imladris
@thegeckogirl14| https://www.inaturalist.org/messages/new?to=thegeckogirl14

פורסם ב נובמבר 25, 2020 08:31 אחה"צ על־ידי imladris imladris | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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Observation Highlight of the Week: Calostoma lutescens

This week's highlight is of the collared calostoma (Calostoma lutescens, oh how I love it when common and scientific names overlap) observed by preserve visitor and iNatuarlist user @pgwamsley

This remarkable looking fungus was observed just about two months ago on our south section trails. This isn't to say that the opportunity to see them has passed. Just last week another cluster of collared calostoma was observed by @sammie10 ; You can view her observation here.

But let's start digging into what this peeled orange of a mushroom really is!

The collared calostoma is a member of the gasteroid fungi which is characterized by producing spores inside of their fruiting bodies, as opposed to on external structures like the gilled mushrooms. Now, the taxonomy of fungi, or even mushrooms, is something of a wonder in itself. The taxonomic history of this species has been spicy with revisions moving it across classes. The species is currently suspected to be evolutionarily related to the Boletales clade of mushrooms, which include more commonly recognized "mushroom" forms.

The species is Mycorrhizal, or rather in a mutually symbiotic relationship, with oaks. They can grow along or gregariously, such as in the illustrated in our observation here! They are distributed across the eastern United States from Arkansas to Massachusetts, and specifically abundant in the southern Appalachians. As appetizing as the fried egg look-alike mushroom is, it isn't considered edible.

Thanks again to all our visitors who continue to document the amazing diversity our natural area preserve protects!

ABOUT #BullRunMountainsNaturalPreserve
The Bull Run Mountains are the easternmost mountains in Virginia. The Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve is approximately 2,350 acres that serve as a living laboratory that sits in the backyard of our nation’s capital. The preserve contains 10 different plant community types and a plethora of regionally uncommon and threatened plant and animal species. In 2002, this land was dedicated by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation as a natural area preserve to protect the unique ecosystems found here. As the owner and manager of the preserve, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation is committed to protecting the special ecosystem found here and sharing it with the public through managed access.

Follow us on Social Media!
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פורסם ב נובמבר 25, 2020 08:04 אחה"צ על־ידי mjwcarr mjwcarr | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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Kickoff

Welcome to the Thanksgiving Week Staycation BioBlitz 2020! Who says holidays still can't be fun and enjoyable, however they're celebrated? Get out there and enjoy!

פורסם ב נובמבר 25, 2020 03:50 אחה"צ על־ידי hweex hweex | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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25 ноября 1887 года родился Николай Иванович Вавилов. В этом году исполняется 133 года со дня его рождения.

"Я действительно глубоко верю в науку, в ней цель и жизнь."
Н.И. Вавилов.

https://www.facebook.com/1648280549/posts/10215644975431276/?d=n

Николай Иванович Вавилов (1887-1943) – российский ученый-генетик, ботаник, селекционер, растениевод и географ, автор закона гомологических рядов в наследственной изменчивости организмов, создатель учения об иммунитете растений, о биологических основах селекции и центрах происхождения и разнообразия культурных растений, академик АН СССР и АН УССР (1929), академик и первый президент (1929-1935) ВАСХНИЛ.
פורסם ב נובמבר 25, 2020 03:09 אחה"צ על־ידי alex_iosipenko alex_iosipenko | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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18000 наблюдений!

Дорогие друзья!

Несколько с опозданием, но на нашем счётчике новая крупная отметка - проект "Флора Мордовии" достиг отметки в 18000 наблюдений 19 ноября 2020 г.!

 

Зафиксируем статистику для истории проекта на сегодняшний день: 18156 наблюдений на 873 вида наш проект включает 25 ноября 2020 г. в 17:30 MSK.

Статистика проекта: 18156 наблюдений - 873 вида - 390 экспертов - 129 наблюдателей.

 

1. Самые активные участники (число наблюдений)
Место Наблюдатель Наблюдений
1 @hapugin88 3381
2 @sergilus 1513
3 @fedascheva 704
4 @anna-sinichkina 464
5 @tbsilaeva 418
6 @nastyakalinkina 397
7 @zavaryckina_anastasia 387
8 @irinaber 344
9 @elena_pismarkina 309
10 @angelinaguryanova 297

 

2. Самые активные участники (число видов)
Место Наблюдатель Число видов
1 @hapugin88 543
2 @anna-sinichkina 286
3 @nastyakalinkina 284
4 @sergilus 248
5 @angelinaguryanova 239
6 @andrey_rodyushkin 237
7 @konusovadasha 237
8 @tbsilaeva 224
9 @kristina_kachanova 208
10 @zavaryckina_anastasia 207

 

3. Самые активные эксперты для наблюдений
Место Эксперт Идентификаций
1 @hapugin88 7228
2 @convallaria1128 4116
3 @tbsilaeva 2717
4 @igor_kuzmin 1724
5 @phlomis_2019 1515
6 @vadim_prokhorov 1348
7 @madmanserg 1299
8 @julia_shner 1204
9 @aleks-khimin 1033
10 @kastani 740

 

4. Наиболее часто регистрируемые виды растений
Позиция Вид Количество наблюдений
1 Сосна Обыкновенная (Pinus sylvestris) 298
2 Крапива Двудомная (Urtica dioica) 210
3 Кипрей Узколистный (Chamaenerion angustifolium) 182
4 Бодяк Полевой (Cirsium arvense) 174
5 Тысячелистник Обыкновенный (Achillea millefolium) 170
6 Ландыш Майский (Convallaria majalis) 162
7 Клён Остролистный (Acer platanoides) 153
8 Берёза Повислая (Betula pendula) 153
9 Сныть Обыкновенная (Aegopodium podagraria) 151
10 Пижма Обыкновенная (Tanacetum vulgare) 151
11 Клён Американский (Acer negundo) 150
12 Цикорий Обыкновенный (Cichorium intybus) 150
13 Дуб Черешчатый (Quercus robur) 148
14 Полынь Обыкновенная (Artemisia vulgaris) 146
15 Земляника Зелёная (Fragaria viridis) 144
פורסם ב נובמבר 25, 2020 02:50 אחה"צ על־ידי hapugin88 hapugin88 | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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What is a fish? Part 2 - On lampreys and hagfish

Enjoy part 2 of Tom Feild's excellent summary of the amazing evolutionary history of what we call "fish" (and a bit on "birds")!

Yesterday's post discussed the classification of the jawed vertebrates, including sharks and rays (Chondrichthyes) and bony fish (Actinopterygii). There are two much smaller, but equally interesting classes of fish found in Maryland: the eel-like hagfish (Myxini) and lampreys (Cephalaspidomorphi or Hyperoartia).

Hagfish and Lampreys are from lineages even more ancient than the sharks. These branches appeared prior to the evolution of jaws. Instead of jaws, lampreys have concentric circles of bizarre rasp-like teeth that can be used to latch onto fish and to abrade the flesh. They also feed on carrion and filter-feed. Hagfish have similar feeding habits, but they have teeth arranged in two rows. To increase the strength of their jawless bite they sometimes tie themselves in an overhand knot as they feed and pull their head through the loop this forms, squeezing the head as it goes through to push the teeth together and assist in taking a bite from their prey.

The Sea Lamprey is pelagic, but other species can sometimes be seen in shallow coastal plain streams in the spring. In our area hagfish are generally seen only seen at sea, where they are sometimes seen by fishermen when they prey on fish that have been caught on lines or in nets.

Hagfish lack true vertebrae, but it is believed that they evolved from ancestors that had them, rather than branching off the evolutionary tree prior to their evolution. So, hagfish have no vertebrae, but are considered vertebrates! Strange, but in accordance with the goal of defining taxa consistent with evolutionary relationships.

A final note on the tetrapods: mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. The goal of ensuring these taxa are consistent with evolutionary relationships was complicated by the discovery that birds descended from therapod dinosaurs. It is currently believed that the closest living relatives of the birds are the crocodilians. Birds are more closely related to alligators than alligators are to lizards, snakes, or turtles. To be consistent, birds should be placed within the class Reptilia. Some authorities have taken this step (See ‘Reptile’ in Wikipedia), but traditions are hard to change!

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Thanks, Tom! This was fantastic. - Bill

Least Brook Lamprey (Lampetra aepyptera) photo courtesy of Ben Springer. More at Maryland Biodiversity Project: https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/view/160

פורסם ב נובמבר 25, 2020 02:06 אחה"צ על־ידי billhubick billhubick | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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What is a fish?

I am delighted to share the first of two guest posts from our dear friend Tom Feild. Read on today to learn why we are more closely related to trout than trout are to sharks!

What is a fish?

Many of us remember learning five classes of vertebrates: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. While this traditional arrangement is generally still followed for the latter four groups, what are typically called fish have now been divided into at least four distinct classes. This is due to the richness and diversity of the world’s fish fauna, with nearly 34,000 living species, more than half of all vertebrates. This diversity is driven by the long history of vertebrate evolution.

When Linnaeus first defined the classes of vertebrates, relationships were based on structure and behavior, which can be subjective. The theory of evolution provided a more objective framework, and modern taxonomy strives to define taxa (e.g., species, genus, family, etc.) according to their evolutionary relationships. Each taxon should be defined to include all descendants from a common ancestor. Thus, every member of a taxon should be more closely related to every other member of that taxon than they are to any member of a different taxon.

One of the major developments in vertebrate evolution was the development of non-cartilaginous bones. Sharks and Rays have cartilaginous skeletons; this branch of the vertebrate tree first appeared prior to the evolution of bones. The other major group of fish, called bony fish, appeared after the evolution of bones. Amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, collectively called tetrapods, also have bones. This shows that the sharks diverged from the other “fish” before the tetrapods diverged from the bony fish. We are more closely related to trout than trout are to sharks! If we maintained the class Pisces as defined by Linnaeus to include sharks and bony fish, this taxon should also include mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles – a fishy arrangement indeed!

Instead sharks and rays are placed in class Chondrichthyes and bony fish in class Actinopterygii. For this reason, MBP places the sharks and rays on a separate page from the bony fish. The taxon Gnathostomata is defined to include all jawed vertebrates, so sharks and rays, bony fish and tetrapods are all within Gnathostoma.

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Join us tomorrow for Part 2 of this guest post, where things get even stranger!

  • Bill

פורסם ב נובמבר 25, 2020 02:04 אחה"צ על־ידי billhubick billhubick | 2 comments | הוספת תגובה
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Welcome

Hello! We are so excited to have you in this project. This is a first for us but we have always enjoyed participating in these in the past. Make sure to invite a friend or two, it is always fun to go out looking for interesting and new organisms with a friend.

Don't be afraid to reach out if you have any questions, we are here to help. Happy picture taking!

פורסם ב נובמבר 25, 2020 01:40 אחה"צ על־ידי christine154 christine154
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The Southwestern Peninsula of Trinidad

One of the most beautiful places I have ever been to is the Southwestern Peninsula of Trinidad. I try my best to go every year. It is a lovely pristine environment. I have a place in my heart for Los Blanquizales. A lot of people call it the Great Icacos Lagoon.
Cedros is the name of the area. There is no specific town called Cedros. The Spanish arrived and saw Cedar trees hence the name Cedros which is Spanish for Cedars. The Native Peoples called fat pork "icaco". This is where the Spanish got the name Icacos from.
I had gone to Columbus Bay for the first time in the early 1990s. My dad was still alive and drove us down there. I saw the stacks in the water. Today has three but I feel as though I had seen four. In those times, I didn't know about journalling and documenting so I rely on memory which is not always a good thing. I prefer document and photograph.
I wanted to visit Cedros so in 2010 I had planned a visit with my Form 5 form class. They were a great bunch. We went with a maxi taxi all the way to Columbus Bay. We went Icacos after. I had so much fun. I was amazed when I saw Los Blanquizales, that was my first visit to Icacos.
At Icacos, there were fallen coconut trees, a sign of the coastal erosion happening. The road was eroded as well. There were lots of verveine plants. We got back to school in time for 2:30 p.m.
From San Fernando to Cedros, the journey is about 2 hours. Yes a very long drive. I usually pass through the Creek, Oropuche, Rousillac, La Brea, Point Fortin, Cap de Ville, Granville. That route is actually faster. In 2018, I passed through Debe, Penal, Siparia, Santa Flora, Palo Seco, Erin, Buenos Ayres, Cap de Ville. That way was pretty lengthy but has some nice Historical sites on the way.
Cedros has so much biodiversity. I have seen huge stinging nettles, Malachite butterfly, Flambeaux, Red Peacocks, Nymphea, Mangrove, Caracaras, Corbeaux, Bats, an area with those lovely purple flowers whose seeds explode in water and an abundance of trees.
The Ste. Marie Road where the Health Centre is located has a lot of trees and bushes however near the L'Envieusse beach, rapid deforestation has taken place. A bad idea because the beaches down there are basically sand and mud, hence easily eroded. I believe Ste. Marie Road leads to Islote Bay. L'Envieusse beach has Mangrove, Iron Pyrite (fool's gold) and a shipwreck. There is a structure made of ballast bricks that most likely came from Scotland in the 1800s. When you journey along Ste. Marie Road, there is Ste. Marie Extension on the left. This takes you to Galfa proper. There is fool's gold, sandstone cliffs and mud that smells of methane gas. The area was once mined for oil and natural gas.
Along Ste. Marie road, there is a road on the right that takes you to Green Hill where the underground WWII bunker is. Further down on the right has the road that takes you to the Balka Devi Mandir and the mud volcano. Further down, the road splits, if you keep left, you end up at a private beach, Beaulieu and if you take right, you end up at L'Envieusse. There is an old house, said to be haunted and next to it is the Galfa Graves. One person died in 1813, the other in 1818.
At the Los Blanquizales marshes, there are so many birds! I have seen Herons a lot but one time I saw this huge black and white raptor. It was far off but the breast was white and its wings were black. The wingspan was pretty long, it looked like almost one metre to me. I also saw a Jabiru Stork once. Huge bird!
I hope to visit there soon!
© Wednesday 25th November, 2020. Alisa R Jankie

פורסם ב נובמבר 25, 2020 11:28 לפנה"צ על־ידי alisajankie alisajankie | 1 comment | הוספת תגובה
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On track to becoming a cosmopolitan invasive species: First record of the box tree moth Cydalima perspectalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) in the African continent.

Haddad, K., Kalaentzis, K., & Demetriou, J. (2020). On track to becoming a cosmopolitan invasive species: First record of the box tree moth Cydalima perspectalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) in the African continent. ENTOMOLOGIA HELLENICA, 29(2), 27-32.

ABSTRACT
Native to Eastern Asia, the box tree moth Cydalima perspectalis (Walker, 1859) has managed to
establish itself, and gradually expand its distribution, across Europe, Asia and recently America.
This publication documents the first known record of the invasive species in Africa. The moth
was observed in Constantine, Algeria in 2018 and was later identified as C. perspectalis. Possible
scenarios of its introduction on the continent, as well as potential ecological implications, are
discussed.
KEY WORDS: Lepidoptera, Crambidae, Cydalima, invasive species, first record, Africa.

פורסם ב נובמבר 25, 2020 09:11 לפנה"צ על־ידי karimhaddad karimhaddad | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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On track to becoming a cosmopolitan invasive species: First record of the box tree moth Cydalima perspectalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) in the African continent.

Haddad, K., Kalaentzis, K., & Demetriou, J. (2020). On track to becoming a cosmopolitan invasive species: First record of the box tree moth Cydalima perspectalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) in the African continent. ENTOMOLOGIA HELLENICA, 29(2), 27-32.

ABSTRACT
Native to Eastern Asia, the box tree moth Cydalima perspectalis (Walker, 1859) has managed to
establish itself, and gradually expand its distribution, across Europe, Asia and recently America.
This publication documents the first known record of the invasive species in Africa. The moth
was observed in Constantine, Algeria in 2018 and was later identified as C. perspectalis. Possible
scenarios of its introduction on the continent, as well as potential ecological implications, are
discussed.
KEY WORDS: Lepidoptera, Crambidae, Cydalima, invasive species, first record, Africa.

פורסם ב נובמבר 25, 2020 09:11 לפנה"צ על־ידי karimhaddad karimhaddad | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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On track to becoming a cosmopolitan invasive species: First record of the box tree moth Cydalima perspectalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) in the African continent.

Haddad, K., Kalaentzis, K., & Demetriou, J. (2020). On track to becoming a cosmopolitan invasive species: First record of the box tree moth Cydalima perspectalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) in the African continent. ENTOMOLOGIA HELLENICA, 29(2), 27-32.

ABSTRACT
Native to Eastern Asia, the box tree moth Cydalima perspectalis (Walker, 1859) has managed to
establish itself, and gradually expand its distribution, across Europe, Asia and recently America.
This publication documents the first known record of the invasive species in Africa. The moth
was observed in Constantine, Algeria in 2018 and was later identified as C. perspectalis. Possible
scenarios of its introduction on the continent, as well as potential ecological implications, are
discussed.
KEY WORDS: Lepidoptera, Crambidae, Cydalima, invasive species, first record, Africa.

פורסם ב נובמבר 25, 2020 09:11 לפנה"צ על־ידי karimhaddad karimhaddad | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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A Brief on Chamomile - Appendix I

Taxonomy of Chamomiles:
Plants [Plantae] > Vascular Plants [Tracheophyta] > Flowering Plants [Angiospermae] >
Dicots [Magnoliopsida] > Asters, Bellflowers, Fanflowers and Allies [Asterales] >
Sunflowers, Daisies, Asters and Allies [Asteraceae > Asteroideae (菊亞科)] >
Chamomiles, Yarrows and Allies [Anthemideae]

Diploid (2n = 18)

  1. German chamomile or Matricaria chamomilla
    Matricaria recutita

    [Matricariinae > Matricaria] > [Matricaria chamomilla]

  2. Rayless chamomile
    Matricaria discoidea

    [Matricariinae > Matricaria] > [Matricaria discoidea]

  3. Roman chamomile
    Chamaemelum nobile

    [Anthemidinae > Anthemis] > [Anthemis nobilis]

  4. Dusky Dog-fennel
    Chamaemelum fuscatum

    [Anthemidinae > Anthemis] > [Anthemis fuscatum]

  5. Stinking Chamomile
    Anthemis cotula

    [Anthemidinae > Anthemis] > [Anthemis cotula]

  6. Corn Chamomile
    Anthemis arvensis

    [Anthemidinae > Anthemis] > [Anthemis arvensis]

  7. Yellow chamomile (Golden Marguerite)
    Cota tinctoria

    [Cota] > [Cota tinctoria]

Diploid or Tetraploid ( 2n = 18, 36)

  1. Corn Scentless-chamomile
    Tripleurospermum inodorum

    [Tripleurospermum] > [Tripleurospermum inodorum]

  2. Sea Mayweed
    Tripleurospermum maritimum

    [Tripleurospermum] > [Tripleurospermum maritimum]

2n = 18, 54
Genus [Tanacetum]


Reference : Flora of North America@efloras.org

  1. www.efloras.org/flora_page.aspx?flora_id=1 > Volume 19
  2. www.efloras.org > Floras of North America >

פורסם ב נובמבר 25, 2020 07:10 לפנה"צ על־ידי lunababy22 lunababy22 | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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November 24, 2020 - South side (Aldercroft to stop sign)

23 dead newts (of which 5 were juveniles), 0 live newts.
November 24th, 2020 (Tuesday) 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Weather: Dry sunny day in the mid-50s.
Other roadkill: 2 striped skunks (one adult, one juvenile, together in the road, very sad), 2 Jerusalem crickets, 1 Western fence lizard, two Strigamia sp. centipedes, 1 large millipede.
Coverage: Aldercroft Heights Road intersection to stop sign.
Rainfall: MTD 0.82 in, YTD 0.92 in (as per weathercat.net)
Traffic: 22 vehicles (of which 9 were cement trucks), 3 bicycles, 1 elderly pedestrian who said his wife loves the newts and makes him slow down and go around them. Good for her! One fire helicopter landed on the other side of the reservoir.
The south Midpen study area had no newts or other critters in its pitfall buckets.

פורסם ב נובמבר 25, 2020 05:26 לפנה"צ על־ידי anudibranchmom anudibranchmom | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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Dock fouling?

Hi all,
I ran into this blog from an inaturalist user in the Bay Area. I thought it was pretty interesting and something we might want to try if we’re feeling adventurous!

https://chloevanloon.com/2020/10/29/dock-fouling-fun/

Maybe some of you have done this before? They found some great stuff.

פורסם ב נובמבר 25, 2020 05:16 לפנה"צ על־ידי naturephotosuze naturephotosuze | 9 comments | הוספת תגובה
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Para formar parte.

Si estás en este proyecto, es muy probable que lo hayas leído en Tuiter. Si querés que tus observaciones sean contabilizadas acá, dejá un comentario.

פורסם ב נובמבר 25, 2020 03:40 לפנה"צ על־ידי roget roget | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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We have a new Project!

Beaver Moon Bioblitz Cambridge is here! We're building a community of new and multigenerational nature observers in Cambridge starting with this, the first year of our annual November bioblitz, during the week of the Beaver Moon (Nov. 30). The fun begins Wednesday morning 11/25.

Prizes include nature journaling supplies for the top 10 winners.

Individual observers: We are open to individual observers of all ages.

Teams: Form a team by creating or sharing an iNaturalist account with your team name. Be sure to send us a message to let us know who's on your team. Teams can be a child and an adult family member, a neighborhood group with one iNaturalist account, a class or club, or just a group of friends. This is open to all ages. The rules are just that the observations must be made in Cambridge.

Facebook Live: We'll be going live on Facebook on Wed. 11/25 at 11:30 and again on Friday 11/27 at 10:30 to help you get started if you've never used iNaturalist before. We'll show you how to set up an account and make your first observation. If you plan to use an iPhone, find iNaturalist on the App store or Google Play before you join us on Facebook, if possible.

Spread the word! Gather your team of your friends and family members in Cambridge about this project.

פורסם ב נובמבר 25, 2020 01:03 לפנה"צ על־ידי cambridgewildlife cambridgewildlife | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה
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Spring BioBlitz Report

Introduction
One of the more interesting publishing phenomena of the 1980’s and early 1990’s was a book series titled, “A Day in The Life of…” This photojournalism series was organised by Rick Smolan, and each volume featured a selected location, examined over a 24-hour period. Over this time about 50 photographers were commissioned to record their assigned part of the country or state. The result was a series of 13 books, with titles such as Day in the Life of Australia, A Day in the Life of America, etc. The locations featured in the series included, America, the Soviet Union, Japan, California, Spain, Hawaii, Australia, Israel, Africa, China and Thailand. The results were coffee table size books of professional photos, all taken across the selected locale, documenting a single day. Each volume was a unique product, a snapshot of a single day in the lives of ordinary people, across the featured location. Of course, the photos were of professional quality, and selected to illustrate the lives of typical people in the course of a normal day.
It is interesting to look back at these books today, not only for their nostalgic or historic value, but to appreciate the herculean effort it took to organise this simple concept, capture one day in photos. As the years go by such books may be great interest to future generations, illustrating how normal people lived a typical life at a singular point in time.
The concept of a BioBlitz is similar, except the subject is the natural world, at a particular point in time. Our project software has been instrumental in furthering this concept of BioBlitz, providing a platform for such snapshots of nature, at a selected point in time. Looking through iNaturalist, there are 5,442 listings for projects with the word “BioBlitz”. Locations include national parks, schools, backyards and other exotic and less exotic local areas. While not only fun, according to the BioBlitz iNat sites, they also provide valuable information on various populations in nature at a certain point in time. It is useful information, and data which will serve the scientific community for many years.
Like A Day in the Life, organising a BioBlitz is a significant task, relying heavily on motivated individuals to raise awareness of the event and to take a leadership role in its organisation. This is especially true in the early stages of organisation. Think of Australia’s amazingly successful Clean Up Australia Day, which was founded in 1989 and has grown to a massive initiative across the country, and the world. In July, Australasian Fishes published an announcement about the upcoming Spring BioBlitz organised by Thomas Mesaglio (AKA the beachcomber) whose bio-blurb can be found here.
Thomas, always interested in the natural environment, has organised the official participation of Australia in this global event, for the first time. Below is his report of the event, with his thanks for the support of Australasian Fishes project members.
- Harry Rosenthal
Spring BioBlitz Report
In April earlier this year, Australia participated in the City Nature Challenge for the first time, with four cities ─ Greater Sydney, Greater Adelaide, Geelong and Redland City ─ all joining in. Notching up almost 17,000 observations in just 4 days, Australia’s debut was a successful one, especially given the event ran during our autumn when many flowers are no longer in bloom, migratory birds have left, and invertebrates are much harder to find.
The Australian City Nature Challenge organisers decided to build on this success by organising another major BioBlitz, but this time in September during our spring. Rather than limit the event to Australian cities, we decided to get as many Southern Hemisphere cities and regions involved as possible. Pitching the event as the Great Southern BioBlitz (GSB), we launched a broad social media campaign, promoting participation across all the usual channels, as well some handy advertising from Mark (https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/australasian-fishes/journal/38737-spring-bioblitz). Over the course of just a few months, interest in the GSB ballooned, with more and more cities signing up from all around the world until we had an incredible 137 regions or cities across 12 countries and 3 continents.
The event was a huge success. In just 4 days, over 3,000 participants contributed almost 91,000 observations across over 12,000 species! (https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/great-southern-bioblitz-umbrella) Fishes, sharks and rays were strongly represented in the GSB, with 217 species observed over the 4 days, including this awesome eastern cleaner clingfish observed by @harryrosenthal (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/61281199) and a relatively rare Dunker’s pipehorse found by @tanikacs washed up onto a beach (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/60696946).
Although Cape Town stormed home to secure another major BioBlitz victory after winning the City Nature Challenge earlier in the year, with Lima also excelling, Sydney put in an awesome effort, finishing in the top 10 for number of observations (2,818) and observers (139), and 4th for number of species seen (1,137). A whopping 41% of Sydney’s diversity was plants, followed by molluscs (16%) and insects (14%). Fishes came in at 10%, highlighting an area to build on for next year!
Although organising BioBlitzes and similar events takes a lot of time, effort and outreach, it’s certainly worth it to see the amazing observations posted, and awesome engagement by naturalists of all ages and from all walks of life. Given the benefits of connecting with nature, including for physical and mental health, BioBlitzes like the GSB are a great way of overcoming those COVID blues. There are also many scientific benefits, with increased efforts to search for organisms uncovering rare and interesting finds, such as this rare, endangered isopod (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/60688593) found in Victoria by @smellmes.
We’re already starting to plan next year’s GSB, so pencil it into your diaries and expect an even bigger and more successful event!
- thebeachcomber
פורסם ב נובמבר 25, 2020 01:02 לפנה"צ על־ידי markmcg markmcg | 3 comments | הוספת תגובה
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