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New Golden Jackal species discovered

Started by Steph S. Aug 10. 0 Replies

For the first time in 150 years a new canid species has been discovered…Continue

Gibbons have been disappearing from China for centuries

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 7. 1 Reply

Gibbons are rare in modern-day China. All four species found in the country…Continue

Half of Mozambique's Elephants Killed in Last Five Years

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Steph S. Jul 19. 5 Replies

The Wildlife Conservation Society has reported that nearly half of Mozambique's elephants have been killed by poachers for their ivory in the last five years. Per the article: Poachers have killed nearly half of Mozambique’s elephants for their…Continue

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Rats Dream About the Places They Want to Explore

Started by Steph S. Jul 15. 0 Replies

Maps in the BrainScientists already knew that after a rat has…Continue

Bee Demise

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 11. 9 Replies

If you like to eat, the plummeting bee population matters.Bees are having a really hard time right now. For about a decade, they've been dying off at an unprecedented rate—up to 30 percent per year,...... in the last few years scientists have…Continue

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Bird Demise

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan May 1. 4 Replies

From Sierra Club magazine came some frightening statistics regarding American bird deaths. A reader wanted to know "How many birds die from flying near wind turbines?" The answer was an estimated 600,000.Think that's a lot? Think again. Power lines…Continue

Cameras reveal the secret lives of Chernobyl's wildlife

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Plinius Apr 29. 6 Replies

Automatic cameras in the Ukrainian side of the Chernobyl…Continue

146 Dolphins Die in Japan Beach Stranding

Started by John Jubinsky Apr 11. 0 Replies

146 melon-headed whales (a type of dolphin) died on Friday (4-10-15) after having become stranded on a Japan beach. Out of a total of 149 that had been stranded only 3 were saved. Per the article: As darkness fell, local officials in Hokota, about…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2013 at 10:38pm

Dominic, Oh yes, I am familiar with Tithonia, Mexican sunflower. I had one for several years and it outgrew its space, so I replaced it with a rose. Hamelia patens is now to me ... I have never gardened in Florida. Thanks.

Comment by Dominic Florio on January 20, 2013 at 10:29pm

The first two butterflies are on our native fire bush Hamelia patens and the third plant is known by the common name of Mexican sunflower

(Tithonia.)

I have several plants of both over eight feet tall.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2013 at 10:06pm

Tony, your photos of a grape tree and an octopus dazzle my imagination! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2013 at 10:04pm
Dominic, many of your photos of butterflies sit on plants that look very much like an Asclepias, but I don't think it grows in Florida. I could be wrong.
Asclepias tuberosa L.
http://www.wildflower.org/gallery/species.php?id_plant=ASTU
Comment by Tony Carroll on January 20, 2013 at 9:42pm

Comment by Steph S. on January 20, 2013 at 12:20pm

Tony - yes, it is so the seeds are spread further (relative abundance) - the article although about another species, answers the question of the plants role of ecology in the forest.

Comment by Steph S. on January 20, 2013 at 12:17pm

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169534702024916
Here is an article discussing the role of the species and their role in the forest.
Abstract

Recent studies have demonstrated the increasingly important role of lianas (woody vines) in forest regeneration, species diversity and ecosystem-level processes, particularly in the tropics. Mechanisms responsible for the maintenance of liana species diversity could yield new insights into the maintenance of overall species diversity. Lianas contribute to forest regeneration and competition, not only by competing directly with trees, but also by differentially affecting tree species and thus changing how trees compete among themselves. In addition, they contribute considerably to ecosystem-level processes, such as whole-forest transpiration and carbon sequestration. As the rate of tropical forest disturbance increases, they are likely to increase in relative abundance throughout the tropics and the importance of lianas to many aspects of forest dynamics will grow.

The ecology of lianas and their role in forests

Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Volume 17, Issue 5, 1 May 2002, Pages 223-230

Comment by Tony Carroll on January 20, 2013 at 12:11pm

I'm thinking easier for all animals to get to, so seeds from the fruit are spread further? The article didn't say.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 20, 2013 at 12:08pm

Growing fruit on the trunk, interesting. I wonder what the adaptive value might be.

Comment by Steph S. on January 20, 2013 at 11:37am

Tony that Brazilian Grape Tree is beautiful. And yes, plants are an important part of wildlife habitat. Oh that albino Beta fish is so beautiful.

So, many thanks!

I hope everyone is having a relaxing day.

 

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