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New species of cannibal scorpions – Bangalore Mirror

… for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru have described a new species of hormurid scorpion from the Western Ghats of India. A new species of the enigmatic genus Chiromachetes Pocock was spotted in Nov 2013, but the research paper was published in Euscorpius — Occasional Publications in Scorpiology on Tuesday. The new species, Chiromachetes sahyadriensis is named after Sahyadri Hills synonymous to the Western Ghats. Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, Zeeshan Mirza said, …

Invasive snails that threaten waterfowl found in new waters

By Eric Hamilton | July 7, 2015 Invasive snails that threaten waterfowl have expanded their range to a small cold water stream in northern Wisconsin, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Natural Resources. The snails were discovered in Elton Creek, a small stream in Langlade County just outside Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Faucet snails harbor parasites that are deadly to waterfowl — primarily coots and scaup, also known as bluebills. DNR staff collected routine …

Oil and gas officials scramble after feds weigh new species protections | Fox News

… announced Tuesday it is giving what it calls “status reviews” to the four amphibians and reptiles found in the Southwest as part of 21 species the agency said are worth considering after looking over requests from the environmental group Center for Biological Diversity. “Although few people have heard of, let alone seen, a Cascade Caverns salamander or Rio Grande cooter, these unique species are an important part of the web of life and of what makes the Southwest unique,” …

Rare So Cal toad may hop onto endangered list – MyNewsLA.com

By Hillary Jackson | June 30, 2015 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday that the western spadefoot toad, an increasingly rare Southern California amphibian, may qualify for federal protection. The rarely seen, nocturnal 2-inch-long toad is known for a purr-like trill and its ability to burrow underground using the hardened spades on its hind feet. But even with its unusual adaptations, the western spadefoot has been no match for development, habitat reduction and the drought, and …