Tetrapod Zoology

Archives for October, 2007

So here we are: anuran diversity part II – you have to have read part I (here) for the following to make proper sense. Yesterday I showed my video of Tiger the secretary bird (filmed at the International Bird of Prey Centre, Gloucestershire, last week) to anybody that would watch, and in the wee small…

Welcome back, err, me! And, while I could have started with ‘here are the things I saw on holiday’, I became concerned that my list of bats and raptors might seem a bit mundane in comparison to what certain of my friends have encountered (wait until you see what Carel got to see). Anyway, to…

I’ve had enough, I’m leaving

For, like, the second time in the last six years we’re going on holiday. So, goodbye. Back soon. Just received a copy of Gasparini et al.’s Patagonian Mesozoic Reptiles; looks awesome. Anurans, beluwhals, red panda empire, and really, really bizarre new sauropods when I get back. Yesterday I went rat-watching, and the adjacent picture shows…

Yesterday – the day I posted an article on horned treefrogs – there was a peak on the site stats graph. In view of that I’m thinking that weird anurans are popular, so I’ll try the same trick again. This time round we’re looking at another group of ‘horned’ anurans: the Brazilian smooth horned frogs…

As per bloody usual, I’m going to struggle to get a ‘proper’ post finished today, so yet again I’ll have to settle for posting something short and sweet (PS – I failed miserably). Who am I kidding anyway – 95% of the bloggers in the blogosphere routinely produce articles that are shorter than my ‘short’…

It’s the Helmeted water toad!

Here’s a photo of one of my favourite anurans: the fantastic Helmeted water toad, or Gay’s frog* Caudiverbera caudiverbera, a large, robust Chilean species (the only extant member of its genus) that is said to mostly feed on other anurans (though it also eats insects and other arthopods, fishes and even small birds and mammals)…

I have tried desperately to not be distracted by the mysterious rodents, new gigantic dinosaurs and Iberian lynxes that have been on my mind lately – plus lots of things are happening with the ‘Dinosaurs – A Historical Perspective’ conference that I’m co-organising with Dick Moody, Eric Buffetaut and Dave Martill (to be held in…

The mysterious tree-creature revealed

So what was the mysterious beast shown in the photo? As usual, the Tet Zoo readership proved too clever to be fooled by such a rubbish trick. That white blurry streak in yesterday’s photo was…

Identify the creature

Can you identify the mysterious cryptic beast shown in the photo? A prize to whomever gets it right*. The photo was taken in Europe, and the one person who was with me when I took the photo is not allowed to profer his opinion. I wish you the best of luck! * Subject to availability.

Monster hunting? Well, no. No.

By naughtily avoiding the long list of things that I’m supposed to be doing in my ‘spare’ time I’ve finally done it: adapted my monumental, keynote cryptozoology conference speech into an article(s) for publication here at Tet Zoo. Ok, so it wasn’t so ‘monumental’ or ‘keynote’, but I thought I might as well recycle it…