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Archives for March, 2009

Our New Meat Ant Overlords…

In the 1930s, Australian ecologists shortsightedly introduced the Cane Toad, a species indigenous to South America, to their isolated continent to eat agricultural pests. This famously proved to be a complete disaster with the toxic toads running rampant and native species poisoning themselves when they tried to make snacks of the delicious, dimwitted amphibians. Now…

Leopard Slug Sex

It might not seem like the an 8 inch long leopard slug could put on an amazing sex show. After all, they can be real slimeballs. But actually, these hermaphroditic gastropod mollusks’ sexual behavior is quite… well… beautiful. video link: The foreplay for the fertilization, which consists of a lot of licking and nibbling, can…

Introducing Katie the Intern!

Zooillogix has seen growth of 35%-40% month over month since we began the site two years ago and currently boasts 200 million readers. It only makes sense that we need a little help. We’d like to introduce you to Katie Thompson, the Zooillogix Intern Extraordinaire! Careful, she is a certified Krav Maga instructor. Because Katie’s…

Animals Getting Along Spendidly

Get out your Kleenex, wimps. Thanks, Berkery for forwarding this along.

Mosquito Laser

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that scientists have finally taken my advice and designed a ruthless mosquito-killing laser that could never ever malfunction and target human children by mistake. Former Lawrence Livermore Science Laboratory researchers have created a laser that aims only at female mosquitoes, using parts that they bought on Ebay (not…

Siamese Crocodile Babies

Siamese Crocodiles Courtesy of Zooillogix reader extraordinaire, Zellychan.

Barry the Coral Ripper

For the last few months, a killer stalked the streets of Cornwall… or more specifically, the water of Cornwall, and even more specifically, the living reefs exhibit at Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium. Day after day, aquarists would return to the award winning exhibit, only to find once healthy coral ripped apart – in some cases…

What’s an Octopus Fossil Look Like?

As boneless, gelatinous bags, octopuses rarely find themselves preserved as fossils but just this week it was announced in the journal Palaeontology that three new 95,000,000 year old octopus fossils have been discovered. These are the oldest on record. So what does an octopus fossil look like? Apparently, like something your elementary school child would…

Dracula Fish Discovered

A new kind of fish with Dracula style fangs has been discovered…in a fish tank that researchers had been keeping for a year. The fish had been living at the London Museum of Natural History for almost 12 months before scientists realized that they were a new species. They had been collected in Burma. Which…

Zooillogix friend Tweet sent us along yet more cool ring tail possum pictures from Crocodile Dundee land. Here is one with a 10-14 day old baby.