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Morels - Photo (c) Leo Papandreou, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Morels Info
Morchella, the true morels, is a genus of edible mushrooms closely related to anatomically simpler cup fungi. These distinctive mushrooms appear honeycomb-like in that the upper portion is composed of a network of ridges with pits between them. (From Wikipedia)
weeping willow - Photo (c) Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
weeping willow Info
Salix babylonica (Babylon willow or weeping willow; Chinese: 垂柳) is a species of willow native to dry areas of northern China, but cultivated for millennia elsewhere in Asia, being traded along the Silk Road to southwest Asia and Europe. (From Wikipedia)
pangolins - Photo (c) David Bygott, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
pangolins Info
A pangolin /ˈpæŋɡəlɪn/ (also referred to as a scaly anteater or trenggiling) is a mammal of the order Pholidota. The one extant family, Manidae, has one genus, Manis, which comprises eight species. A number of extinct species are also known. A pangolin has large keratin scales covering its skin, and is the only known mammal with this adaptation. It is found naturally in tropical regions throughout Africa and Asia. The name pangolin comes from the Malay... (From Wikipedia)
Mangifera - Photo (c) Eric Bronson, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Mangifera Info
Mangifera is a genus of flowering plants in the cashew family, Anacardiaceae. It contains approximately 69 species, with the best-known being the Common Mango (Mangifera indica). The center of diversity is in subtropical and tropical southeast Asia, while the highest number of species occur in the Malay Peninsula, Borneo, and Sumatra. They are generally canopy trees in lowland rainforests, reaching a height of 30–40 m (98–130 ft). (From Wikipedia)
Flying Fishes - Photo (c) Patrick Coin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Flying Fishes Info
Exocoetidae is a family of marine fish in the order Beloniformes of class Actinopterygii. Fish of this family are known as flying fish. There are about sixty-four species grouped in seven to nine genera. Flying fish can make powerful, self-propelled leaps out of water into air, where their long, wing-like fins enable gliding flight for considerable distances above the water's surface. This uncommon ability is a natural defense mechanism to evade predators. (From Wikipedia)
Coast Redwood - Photo (c) Brandi Tressler, some rights reserved (CC BY-ND) CC
Coast Redwood Info
Sequoia sempervirens /sɨˈkɔɪ.ə sɛmpərˈvaɪərənz/ is the sole living species of the genus Sequoia in the cypress family Cupressaceae (formerly treated in Taxodiaceae). Common names include coast redwood, California redwood, and giant redwood. It is an evergreen, long-lived, monoecious tree living 1200–1800 years or more. This species includes the tallest trees living now on Earth, reaching up to 379 feet (115.5 m) in height (without the roots) and up to 26 feet (7.9 m) in diameter at breast height.... (From Wikipedia)
Banana Slugs - Photo (c) Such A Groke, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Banana Slugs Info
Banana slug is a common name for three species of air-breathing land slug in the genus Ariolimax. These slugs are often yellow in color and are sometimes spotted with brown like a ripe (or overripe) banana. (From Wikipedia)
Owls - Photo (c) Vearl Brown, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Owls Info
Owls are a group of birds that belong to the order Strigiformes, constituting 200 extant bird of prey species. Most are solitary and nocturnal, with some exceptions (e.g., the Northern Hawk Owl). Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland, and some remote islands. Owls are characterized by their small beaks and wide... (From Wikipedia)
Naked Mole Rat - Photo (c) Smithsonian's National Zoo, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Naked Mole Rat Info
The naked mole rat (Heterocephalus glaber) also known as the sand puppy or desert mole rat, is a burrowing rodent native to parts of East Africa and is the only species currently classified in the genus Heterocephalus. The naked mole rat and the Damaraland mole rat are the only known eusocial mammals. It has a highly unusual set of physical traits that enable it to thrive in an otherwise harsh underground environment; it is the only... (From Wikipedia)
beeches - Photo (c) Dan Mullen, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
beeches Info
Beech (Fagus) is a genus of eleven accepted species of deciduous trees in the family Fagaceae, native to temperate Europe, Asia and North America. F. sylvatica is the most commonly cultivated, although there are few important differences between species aside from detail elements such as leaf shape. Beeches are large trees that may exceed 35 metres in height and 1.5 metres in diameter at breast height. (From Wikipedia)
Roseate Spoonbill - Photo (c) Riverbanks Outdoor Store, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Roseate Spoonbill Info
The Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) (sometimes placed in its own genus Ajaja) is a gregarious wading bird of the ibis and spoonbill family, Threskiornithidae. It is a resident breeder in South America mostly east of the Andes, and in coastal regions of the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and the Gulf Coast of the United States. (From Wikipedia)
Snowy Owl - Photo (c) Athanassios Pappas, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Snowy Owl Info
The Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) is a large owl of the typical owl family Strigidae. The Snowy Owl was first classified in 1758 by Carolus Linnaeus, the Swedish naturalist who developed binomial nomenclature to classify and organize plants and animals. Until recently, it was regarded as the sole member of a distinct genus, as Nyctea scandiaca, but mtDNA cytochrome b sequence data (Olsen et al. 2002) shows that it is very closely related to the horned... (From Wikipedia)
Northern Cardinal - Photo (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Northern Cardinal Info
The Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is a North American bird in the genus Cardinalis; it is also known colloquially as the redbird or common cardinal. It can be found in southern Canada, through the eastern United States from Maine to Texas and south through Mexico. It is found in woodlands, gardens, shrublands, and swamps. (From Wikipedia)
Gemsbok - Photo (c) Joachim S. Müller, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Gemsbok Info
The gemsbok or gemsbuck (Oryx gazella) is a large antelope in the Oryx genus. It is native to the arid regions of Southern Africa, such as the Kalahari Desert. Some authorities formerly included the East African oryx as a subspecies. The current gemsbok population in South Africa is estimated at 373,000 individuals. (From Wikipedia)
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