Walk into almost any aquatic pet store and it’s likely that some of the first animals to catch your eye will be male guppies. Domestic male guppies come in all … Continue Reading Fruit, Females, and the Color Orange – Guppy Mate Preference in the Wild
Around 2008, I saw a photograph of a splendid poison frog that emerged following an expedition into the rainforest within Estado Amapa, Brazil in 2006. During that adventure, researcher Enrico … Continue Reading Enrico Bernard’s D. tinctorius Poison Frog
Welcome to the first entry of Part 1 of our Animals in Extreme Environments series. Today we’re going to take a look at how terrestrial animals survive in some of the … Continue Reading “You’re Getting Colder” – How Terrestrial Animals Survive in Very Cold Climates
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (C. atrox). Photo Credit: Clinton and Charles Robertson (Wikimedia Commons)Rattlesnakes are near and dear to my heart. And I know I’m not alone. People generally love a … Continue Reading Squamation: How to identify rattlesnakes using scale patterns
I doubt there is anyone reading this who when confronted with the question: “what color is polar bear fur?” wouldn’t respond “white.” It certainly looks white and yes, for all … Continue Reading Polar Bear Fur Isn’t (Technically) White – It’s Translucent!
If the molecules essential for life had social circles, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) would be high society. It is a highly conserved, highly important molecule involved in a wide range of … Continue Reading For spiny lobsters (Panulirus sp.) ATP is a molecular dinner bell
When one hears “United States Geological Survey”, he or she probably can’t help but think of rocks. Perhaps they imagine geologists roaming around the country drilling for core samples and … Continue Reading USGS Makes Digital Curation Beautiful