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Another Australian animal slips away to extinction

Australia – Last July, the federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, announced the appointment of Gregory Andrews as Australia’s first Threatened Species Commissioner. His mission: to help avert the extinction of a growing number of native plant and animal species. On Andrews’ appointment, a team of scientists was commissioned to go to Bramble Cay, an unstable 4-5 hectare coral bank in the eastern Torres Strait off the tip of northern Australia. The team searched for the Bramble Cay …

‘Black Sea Devil,’ The Anglerfish, Caught On Camera, And A Look At Other Scary Deep-Sea Creatures

… “This is the first time we’ve captured this fish on video in its habitat,” Bruce Robison, MBARI senior scientist, said in a statement . “Anglerfish, like this Melanocetus, are among the most rarely seen of all deep-sea fishes. The shining spot at the tip of the ‘fishing pole’ projecting from the fish’s head is a glowing lure. The anglerfish uses its light to attract prey in its deep, dark habitat.” via ‘Black Sea Devil,’ The …

Bilbies racing against extinction – News – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

… lose [the bilby] if we don’t do anything about them.” Nevertheless, Mr Manthey had a tip for punters watching this year’s race. “I’ve been calling for a national feral animal summit for years,” he said. “I tried to talk to Julia Gillard about it and when the government switched over, I’ve been trying to see Greg Hunt about it too. “Well Greg Hunt has announced that he will hold a feral animal summit. So I reckon ‘Signoff’ is a …

New Ant Species Hides in Plain Sight Like a Spy : Discovery News

… species to use visual mimicry to live off, or “parasitize” another ant species. “Beyond the fascinating biology of this new ant, we appear to have a rare window into the early stages of the evolution of social parasitism, before the parasite has lost much of its free-living biology,” said Powell in a release. “This promises to help us better understand the general pressures that tip a species towards a parasitic lifestyle.” Powell recently published his …

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