Posts Tagged ‘animals’

After a public vote, the blobfish has been named as the mascot for the Ugly Animal Preservation Society. The competition aimed to celebrate the more asthetically-challenged threatened species. The society began as a science-themed comedy night, inviting support from comedians such as Stephen Fry and Simon Pegg. Professor Brian Cox also supported the campaign saying, “I support the ugly animal campaign, there are too many people trying to save cute animals. They get all the press, and all the attention. Ugly animals are more deserving than cute animals. So I think it is a superb campaign.” So congratulations to the blobfish, officially the world’s ugliest animal!

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Demo version of the new Map of Life resource which brings together information about species distribution using a Google Maps-based website.

Specifically you are able to:

  1. Display expert range maps, point occurrence records, records from study areas such as reserves and larger regions. These are shown as layers on maps, and a layer control widget allows you to adjust ordering, visibility, etc .
  2. Retrieve a list of species for the vicinity of any location worldwide using the species list tool. Simply set search radius and group of interest, and right click (control-click on Macs) your mouse button on a point of the map.

This Beta version is the first stage in the Map of Life project. For more information see the project team’s article in Trends in Ecology and Evolution

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Encyclopedia of Life

LeopardThe Encyclopedia of Life aims to create a web page for every known species.  So far they have gathered information about 40% of the 1.9 million named species, creating pages which cover species description, distribution, molecular biology, conservation status, etc.   If they continue to add data at the current rate, they will have information on every known species of plant and animal by 2017.

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Smithsonian Wild

The new Smithsonian Wild website displays over 200,000 images and video clips of wild animals gathered by camera traps.  (A camera trap is a camera that is left in the wild and is triggered by the motion or heat from a passing animal.)

The images on this site can be used for educational purposes as long as you comply with their terms of use (there is information about using content in lectures in the frequently asked questions at the end of the “terms of use” page).

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