By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
Lichen is an example of a symbiotic relationship between two or more species where each partner gains something from the other. In the case of lichens, the organisms involved include a fungus, a cyanobacterium and algae. However, it is possible for lichens to have only...
By: Emily Einolander
“Allie Algae and Freddy Fungus took a lichen to each other,” is a verbal device used to teach children the two component parts of lichen. Minus the human names, this is a pretty accurate statement. Lichen is a result of a symbiotic relationship...
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
Better known as ‘stick insects’ or ‘leaf insects’, phasmids appear in different shapes, sizes and colors which allows these insects to camouflage themselves amongst the leaves and the branches that they live in. Phasmids inhabit the warm parts of the world and are...
Insect overview: Phasmids
By: Wayne K. Wilkins
“Phasmids” is the term used to refer to the insect that is more commonly known as “stick insects”. Phasmids get their name for the fact that almost all of the variations of the species either look like sticks, twigs or leaves. All phasmids...
Why Madagascar's lemurs are sliding towards extinction
By: Sun Meilan
According to Dr Andrew Terry of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, “Madagascar is an ancient island that split from the Gondwana super-continent approximately 165 million years ago.” This split means that it is home to a number of rare breeds of animals and...
How will climate change affect penguins and their habitats?
By: Christyl Rivers
Climate change is presently a great threat to many arctic and Antarctic species. Penguins, found in the lower hemisphere, are no exception. Penguin species number about twenty, and more than half of those are highly endangered. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature...
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
Metamorphism simply refers to a ‘change’ and in relation to an insect, the term refers to the changes that take place during the insects’ life cycle that ultimately results in the ‘reproductive’ or the ‘adult’ form of the insect. Although the scientists...
How to identify spiders found in Indiana
By: Lorri B Smalls
There are several kinds of nonvenomous and venomous spiders that can be found in Indiana. Identifying them properly will require careful observation, and is extremely important when running across one either in nature or within your home. Written descriptions of spiders seems to be less...
By: Michael Totten
Plankton are broadly divided into 2 groups: zooplankton and phytoplankton. Both groups of plankton are defined by their ecological niche at the bottom of the food chain rather than by size or taxonomy. Where plankton are divided into trophic troups, a third group of plankton...
By: Kennedy Odoyo
The western toad or otherwise identified by the scientific name Bufo Boreas is a toad species that is typically found on the western side of North America and is easily identified by its large size. There are three classified subspecies of the western toad; the...

 

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