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22-10-2013, 05:34 PM
A thread for the mysterious flora and fauna nature is throwing up.

Science news is dominated in recent days with news of the giant oar fish


The giant oarfish (Regalecus glesne) was first described in 1772, but it has been rarely seen because it lives at considerable depths. It is not well known, but giant oarfish are thought to frequent depths around 3,300 feet (1,000 meters).

Giant oarfish are the longest known living species of bony fish, reaching a length of 56 feet (17 meters). They can weigh up to 600 pounds (270 kilograms).

The silvery fish are sometimes called the “king of herrings” because of their superficial resemblance to the smaller fish, but they are named oarfish because of their long pectoral fins, which resemble oars. In Palau, where they were featured on a stamp in 2000, they are called rooster fish, thanks to their slender, reddish fin. Some people also call them ribbonfish because of their body form.


27-10-2013, 11:58 AM

Scientists have discovered the worlds first poisonous crab. It uses a toxin with a similar chemical structure to that used by a rattlesnake...

04-11-2013, 09:19 PM

A bone found in a garden in Suffolk belongs to what has been described as "the scariest animal that has ever lived in the sea", tests have revealed.

Retired banker John Lambert found the fossil in his garden 16 years ago but only recently had it examined.

It has been identified as a limb bone from a pliosaur, that lived between 60 and 250 million years ago.

27-11-2013, 01:50 PM

New species identified in the Mekong Delta ..new species of bat, snakes,frogs and fish...

28-11-2013, 12:46 PM

How seahorses hunt. Despite being slow....

02-01-2014, 03:39 PM

Love this list but the microbes....fascinating

NASA keeps looking for new species of microbes on Mars, but what it didn’t expect was to find one in a clean room at the Kennedy Space Center. As their name suggests, clean rooms are, you know, clean, which not only keeps dust out of spacecraft, but prevents terrestrial organisms from hitching a ride on them and contaminating other worlds. Scientists regularly sample the air and surfaces in the rooms to check for spotlessness, and at Kennedy, they found a bacterium they’d never seen before, the berry-shaped Teriscoccus phoenicis. As it turns out, the only other place in the world the microbe has been identified is in a European Space Agency clean room in French Guiana. And no, no, no, that does not mean the bugs are extraterrestrial. What it means is that they require exceedingly little to eat and, unlike most other microbes, can thus get by in so nutrient-poor an environment. A related species has also been found in only two places: yet another clean room in Florida and a bore hole in a Colorado molybdenum mine, 1.3 mi. (2.1 km) underground.

01-05-2014, 04:03 PM
From the Broadsheet