17 Sep '12, 9pm

Arachnokalypse: Insel wird von Spinnen überrannt, weil Schlangen alle Vögel gefressen haben

Arachnokalypse: Insel wird von Spinnen überrannt, weil Schlangen alle Vögel gefressen haben

Forgotten species: the plummeting cycad (12/06/2010) I have a declarative statement to make: cycads are mind-blowing. You may ask, what is a cycad? And your questions wouldn't be a silly one. I doubt Animal Planet will ever replace its Shark Week with Cycad Week (perhaps the fact that it's 'animal' planet and not 'plant' planet gave that away); nor do I expect school children to run to see a cycad first thing when they arrive at the zoo, rushing past the polar bear and the chimpanzee; nor do I await a new children's book about a lonely little anthropomorphized cycad just looking for a friend. In the world of species-popularity, the cycad ranks pretty low. For one thing, it's a plant. For another thing, it doesn't produce lovely flowers. And for a final fact, it looks so much like a palm tree that most people probably wouldn't know it wasn't. Still, I declare the cycad to b...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0917-hance-guam-spiders.html

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Guam is entirely infested with spiders, and it’s all the fault of invasive snakes

Guam is entirely infested with spiders, and it’...

grist.org 14 Sep '12, 8pm

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Snakes Invasive To Guam Have Wiped Out Bird Populations And Allowed Spiders To Reach Plague Proportions

Snakes Invasive To Guam Have Wiped Out Bird Pop...

planetsave.com 15 Sep '12, 5am

“Rogers and colleagues are investigating whether the loss of birds led to an increase in the spider population on Guam, si...