California-based naturalist with a wide range of interests. My M.S. focused on amphibian conservation, but I have worked with reptiles, mammals, fish, insects, and marine inverebrates. I'm interested in citizen science and education, and also a contributing editor at BugGuide.

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Octopuses, Squid and Relatives - Photo (c) Felipe Ortega, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Octopuses, Squid and Relatives Info
A cephalopod is any member of the molluscan class Cephalopoda (Greek plural κεφαλόποδα (kephalópoda); "head-feet"). These exclusively marine animals are characterized by bilateral body symmetry, a prominent head, and a set of arms or tentacles (muscular hydrostats) modified from the primitive molluscan foot. Fishermen sometimes call them inkfish, referring to their common ability to squirt ink. The study of cephalopods is a branch of malacology known as teuthology. (From Wikipedia)
True Toads - Photo (c) Stavros Markopoulos, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
True Toads Info
Bufonidae is the family of the true toads, members of the order Anura (frogs and toads). They are the only family of anurans in which all members are known as "toads." The bufonids now comprise more than 35 genera, Bufo being the most widespread and well known. (From Wikipedia)
Millipedes - Photo (c) Matt Reinbold, some rights reserved (CC BY-ND) CC
Millipedes Info
Millipedes are myriapods of the class Diplopoda that have two pairs of legs on most body segments. Each double-legged segment is a result of two single segments fused together as one (the name "Diplopoda" comes from the Greek words διπλοῦς (diplous), "double" and ποδός (podos), "foot"). Most millipedes have very elongated cylindrical or flattened bodies with more than 20 segments, while pill millipedes are shorter and can roll into a ball, like a pillbug. (From Wikipedia)
Chameleons - Photo (c) herpguy, all rights reserved, uploaded by Paul Freed C
Chameleons Info
Chameleons (family Chamaeleonidae) are a distinctive and highly specialized clade of lizards. The approximately 160 species of chameleon come in a range of colors, including pink, blue, red, orange, turquoise, yellow, and green. They are distinguished by their zygodactylous feet; their separately mobile, stereoscopic eyes; their very long, highly modified, rapidly extrudable tongues; their swaying gait; and crests or horns on their distinctively shaped heads. Some species can change color, and many have a prehensile tail.... (From Wikipedia)
Salamanders - Photo (c) Laurence Livermore, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Salamanders Info
Salamanders are any of approximately 550 extant species of amphibians within the order Caudata. They are typically characterized by a superficially lizard-like appearance, with slender bodies, short noses, and long tails. All known fossil salamanders and all extinct species fall under the order Caudata, while sometimes the extant species are grouped together as the Urodela. Salamanders have never more than four toes on their front legs and five on their rear legs, but some species have... (From Wikipedia)
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