Researchers are concerned about U.S. salamanders contracting a deadly skin disease that has caused major die-offs in Europe. As a result, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed 201 salamanders as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act.
Female cuckoos are known for laying their eggs in the nests of other birds. A new study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology reveals how females are able to lay a variety of different egg colors to match those of their hosts, thus ensuring they are not kicked out before they are full grown.
A new praying mantis with a distinctive horned neck and coloration was recently found among unidentified museum collection materials. Researchers say this goes to show how much biodiversity remains locked away in research cabinets.
A genus of tree hole breeding frogs was recently rediscovered in tropical forests of India. Researchers say these frogs – which were thought to be extinct – boast some interesting characteristics, such as living high off the ground and eating their own unfertilized eggs.
"Twilight zone" reef fish face numerous threats when diving deep underwater, but those with forked tails may have an advantage: they can swim quietly past predators and evade natural disasters such as cyclones and coral bleaching.
A complete dinosaur skeleton of a baby Chasmosaurus has revealed some interesting characteristics of horned dinosaurs, which are characterized by a large bony appendage known as a frill.
Male Brazilian torrent frogs perform interesting dance routines using their toes, feet, hands, legs, arms, vocal sacs, head, and body to attract a mate. Researchers say these diverse visual and audio displays are unlike any others they have observed in frogs.
A rare orchid characterized by elegant color patterns was recently "stumbled upon" in the deciduous forests of Mexico’s Pacific slope of Oaxaca state.
Songbirds can adjust vocal muscles to help regulate pitch just like trained opera singers.
Researchers recently dsicovered two new frog species hidden along Madagascar's high Tsaratanana Massif Mountains. Their survival is threatened due to limited habitat and deforestation.
Without revenue from trophy hunting permits, conservation practices in some countries may ultimately be compromised, which could exacerbate biodiversity loss. Rather than banning big game hunting altogether, researchers suggest enforcing stricter regulations.
A new dual-cropping plant named "Egg and Chips" grows four eggplants from its stem and over four pounds of potatoes from its roots. Experts say this plant not only saves gardening space, but the hardy potato plants actually support the eggplants, whose roots are more delicate.
Hydroelectric dams planned for the tropical rivers of Mekong, Amazon and Congo could destroy local fish habitats and cause human populations to relocate, too. A team of researchers suggest new ways to evaluate the cost and benefits of these massive structures.
A new species of roundworm discovered on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean boasts some interesting characteristics. Researchers say this nematode that lives in fig trees can develop five different specialized "faces" or mouths, based on the available food supply.