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Archives for July, 2008

Researchers have witnessed how cleaner fish calm their subjects, often dangerous predators, by massaging them gently with their fins while they’re cleaning them. A new study in the journal Behavior Ecology, however, is showing how this calming effect not only prevents the cleaner fish from becoming meals, but other prey fish in the general vicinity…

While Andrew and I tend to focus on bizarre animal news from the fringes of research and geography, every once in a while we like to do a fluff piece that is close to home…this next piece couldn’t be fluffier or closer to home. Between the years of 2003-2006, Lewis, a polydactyl, domestic longhair cat…

Life in the Fast Lane

Researchers from Oklahoma State University have discovered the shortest living tetrapod (four limbed vertebrate) to date. The hard-livin’ Labord’s Chameleon spends 8-9 months incubating within the egg, only to hatch and die 4-5 months later. Published in the July issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the report states: “Remarkably, this chameleon…