Month: December 2010

Black Currawong

Also known as the Black Jay, the Black Currawong is a large passerine bird that is native to the Australian island state of Tasmania. It is closely related to the Australian Magpie and to butcherbirds. There are 3 sub-species of Black Currawongs, and one of these which is found on King Island is categorised as


The Massospondylus was a prosauropod dinosaur from the Early Jurassic Period. It lived during the Hettangian to the Pliensbachian ages, which was about 200 – 183 million years ago. It was first scientifically described in 1854 by Sir Richard Owen from remains that were discovered in South Africa. It is one of the first dinosaurs


The Compsognathus was a small therapod dinosaur that was the size of a turkey. It lived in the early Tithonian stage of the late Jurassic Period, which was about 150 million years ago. The Compsognathus lived in what is now known as Europe. Fossils have found 2 well-preserved fossils in Germany and France. Skeleton of

Shaggy Parasol

The common name, Shaggy parasol, is actually the name for 2 mushroom species that are closely related to each other – the Chlorophyllum rhacodes and the Chlorophyllum brunneum. These mushrooms are found in Europe and North America, and the Chlorophyllum brunneum is found in Australia as well. The Shaggy parasol is commonly found in Europe

Striped Dolphin

The Striped Dolphin can be found in the tropical and temperate waters of all of the oceans in the world. This dolphin species was first discovered in 1833 by Meyen. Its Latin name refers to the colours of its flanks, which are dark blue and white. Striped Dolphins can be found worldwide It is similar

Blue mussel

A well loved edible marine bivalve mollusc is the blue mussel. It is found on the North Atlantic coast of Europe and North America. It is usually found in waters that are polar and temperate. An open blue mussel They usually live in intertidal areas where they are attached to rocks and other substrates. They

Musk Lorikeet

The Musk Lorikeet is a type of lorikeet that belongs to the Glossopsitta genus. It was first described in 1970 by George Shaw as Psittacus concinnus from a colletion around Port Jackson, now known as Sydney. It is also known as the Green keet, Coolich, and the Red-eared Lorikeet. Musk Lorikeets are colourful These animals


One of the extinct relatives of alligators are the Deinosuchus. The Deinosuchus lived during he Late Cretaceous period, which was about 80 to 73 million years ago. Its name is derived from the Greek words, “terrible crocodile”. Incomplete Deinosuchus The remains of the Deinosuchus was first found in the 1850s in North Carolina, USA. However,

Yellow Mite

Also known as the citrus yellow mite, the yellow mite is an acariform mite species. As its name suggests, they are found on the foliage of citrus trees. However, they can also be associated with other plant varieties. The tiny yellow mite was first found in Morocco. It was first described in 1958 by Cooreman.


The Diplodocus is a genus of diplodocid sauropod dinosaurs. These were first discovered by S. W. Williston in 1877. The generic name came from Othniel Charles Marsh who first scientifically described this fossil as Diplodocus which means “double beam” in Neo-Latin. This is in reference to its distinguishing features, which is its double-beamed chevron bones

Clymene dolphin

Clymene dolphins are living animals that are enjoyable to watch as they are tremendously energetic and are able to complete swift movements in and out of the water. Like all if not most dolphins, these amazing movements include jumps and longitudinal spins, and they are also well loved as they are very inquisitive and often

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin

Stenella frontalis, or commonly known as the Atlantic Spotted Dolphin is a group of marine mammals that are outstanding in their communication, applying many types of earsplitting clicks and shrills to be in touch with each other when traveling in groups of about 50 individuals, which typically possess a hierarchy organization based on age, gender

Emperor Penguin

The Emperor Penguin is the heaviest and tallest living penguin species in the world, and is only found in Antarctica. It was first described scientifically by the English Zoologist, George Robert Gray, in 1844. Ahh, family love In terms of location, the Emperor Penguin is distributed between 66° and 77° south latitudes. When it does