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Dolphin count reveals homebody habits

Dolphin count reveals homebody habits

Snubfin dolphins in Roebuck Bay. Credit: Felix Smith, MUCRU/WWF-Aus The Kimberley’s resident dolphin populations seem to be homebodies who stay in the same area year-in year-out and also avoid mixing with their neighbours, according to research into how the mammals live. The study is the latest in a long line of research by Murdoch University […]

Global effort ‘needed to save migratory birds’

Global effort ‘needed to save migratory birds’

Far Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis. Credit: Dirk Hovorka Scientists have called for a greater international collaborative effort to save the world’s migratory birds, many of which are at risk of extinction due to loss of habitat along their flight paths. More than 90 per cent of the world’s migratory birds are inadequately protected due to […]

First look at gut microbes in an American Indian community

First look at gut microbes in an American Indian community

  This visual abstract describes an embedded ELSI approach to engage American Indian communities in microbiome research. They also identify taxonomic and metabolic features indicative of gut microbiome dysbiosis among participants from the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma. Credit: Sankaranarayanan et al./Current Biology 2015 There’s growing recognition that the trillions of microbes living in […]

New sand fly species discovered in Brazil

New sand fly species discovered in Brazil

Here is the female paratype of Psathyromyia baratai: (A) Head. (B) Labrum-epipharynx. (C) Apical region of hypopharynx. (D) Apical region of lacinia of the maxilla. (E) Cibarium. Credit: Entomological Society of America In an attempt to better understand the taxonomy of a group of sand flies, researchers in Brazil examined specimens in museum collections. After […]

Two rare elephants found dead in Indonesia: official

Two rare elephants found dead in Indonesia: official

Elephants are increasingly being killed on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, usually by villagers who regard the beasts as pests or poachers for their tusks Two critically endangered Sumatran elephants have been found dead from suspected poisoning in Indonesia’s Aceh province, an official said Thursday. Villagers found the carcasses of the female elephants, aged two and 15, […]

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