Using a comparative anatomy study and recent DNA samples, deep sea ichthyology researchers have determined that what was once thought to be three separate fish species is actually one species, at different growth stages and genders. The larval stage of the Cetomimidae, a species colloquially known as "flabby whalefish," was once called Mirapinnidae, or tapetails.
In the last month, pelicans in dire shape have been turning up everywhere. Most of the pelicans showed up in California, although a few were found as far west as Arizona. The pelicans were ill, starving, and behaving erratically - landing in people's back yards, in parking lots, and in other unlikely places. Wildlife rescue organizations have been scrambling to collect the sick pelicans, and to determine the source of the illness.
A friend of mine recently asked me what I knew about black squirrels. "Not a lot," I said. I remembered seeing them as a kid in Washington, D. C.
"I just saw one, " said she. "Just now. In the alley."
The Partula snail is native to the South Pacific, where once upon a time it spent its days in languid island comfort, gliding slowly along the leaves and stalks of trees in high-altitude forests on the slopes of volcanoes. In a "cane toad" style chain of events, many species of Partula snail are now extinct in the wild. Partula snails may not be particularly interesting to the layperson. They are about half an inch long, and come in various shades of brown. The Partula is the only snail that gives birth to live, fully-shelled babies.