A new species of butterfly has been identified in Alaska, making it the first new species to be discovered there in nearly 30 years. This new species is thought to be a hybrid of two ancient species. Andrew Warren from the University of Florida suggests that the new butterfly Tanana arctic Oeneis tanana, evolved from the hybridized offspring of two butterflies, chryxus arctic O. chryxus and the white-veined arctic, O. bore just prior to the last ice age.
It has recently been released that a recent count of orangutans by an international team showed that there are around 14,600 orangutans in the sumatran wild. This is 8000 more than were thought to be surviving. The reason for the difference in numbers doesn’t seem to be because there has been a boom in the pop ulation, but because they took a more thorough count of the numbers than they ever have before.
Not all of the news is good; however, because they are expecting a steep decline for the sumatran orangutan, because of land-cover changes. The current estimate is the loss of 4500 orangutans by the year 2030, based on current land use plans.
A rare sight has been seen offshore near Baja,California. An albino grey whale, that has not been seen in eight years was seen again recently and she had a calf with her. This albino whale has been named gallon of milk, ever since she was first seen. At the time of her first sighting the whale was still an adolescent and it was thought that she may have died since it had been so long since the last sighting of her. Albino animals do not usually do well in the wild, but i guess that the fact that there isn’t really anything that preys on large whales, that she was relatively safe from that happening to her.
I do not usually post political things, but there is one thing that has bugged me for a while. Trump has said that he wants to build a border wall between the U.S. And Mexico, to keep illegal immigration down, but I see a number of problems with this, and I am not talking about the impact it will have on humans. I wonder if he has thought what it would mean for wildlife, there are three species that I am mainly talking about.
I came across an interesting article this morning. It has been released that crocodillians are able to climb trees. According to the article there are four species that can do so. They studied the different species in Australia, Africa and Nort America, but I did not see mention of which four species are able to climb trees.
I would not think that they could climb them very fast, but find this report to be rather interesting and would be more interested in knowing which species can do it.
Here is the link to one of the articles on this.
A new species of river dolphin has recently been uncovered in Brazil though it seems that the species may already be on the verge of extinction. There are reportedly around 1000 of the dolphins in the wild. The article also mentioned that the species probably split off from the amazon river dolphin a couple million years ago.
It looks like the USFWS is looking into a plan to bring the Jaguarundi back to South Texas. They have been on the endangered species list since 1976 and have not been seen for around 30 years in Texas. The nearest population is around 130 miles or so from the Texas border in Mexico. The plan calls for 500 Jaguarundi in Texas by 2050.
I guess that means I probably will not see one in the wild in my lifetime, but it is good to know they want them back where they belong. This small wild cat is beautiful and I think that now that Ocelot sightings in South Texas are up, that it is time to move onto restoring another feline that we have lost in Texas.
Well, not to people at least. It seems that Seahorses are rather efficient predators of copepods and other things that they eat. They have a 90% success rate when hunting for and eating copepods it seems. There was a video about it and it is rather interesting.
I found this just a little bit ago on livescience. It is an interesting article about how hornworm catapillars eject nicotine from their bodies to ward off hungry wolf spiders.
There were quite a few new species of animals that science had not discribed before found this year. It is a little surprising that in this day and age that there are still new things that we have not seen before being found. Here are a few that I find rather interesting.
Helen’s Flying Frog found in Nui Ong Nature Reserve in Vietnam in Binh Thuan Province.
A new species of the Oncilla cat. This one fround in northeastern Brazil, may look like others of its kind, but genertics have proven that it is a different species.