Found: a typical male

New Zealand is a hotspot for biological diversity. Most native species are only found on these shaky islands. Because of this we are a long way from knowing just how many species we share space with here in the south west Pacific. We are even further from knowing the names…

Telling your world’s smallest penguin from your fluffiest kitten (and some taxonomy)

Names are extremely important in our lives. Giving something a name allows us to collect knowledge about that something. The something becomes part of our world. Something to interact with now and later. In biology names are just as important. We wouldn’t get far if we had to talk about…

Anolis lizards invade New Zealand!

….And are promptly poached, apparently. Last year TVNZ’s website had hyraxes invading Ulva Island. TVNZ got the image for yesterday’s story about gecko poaching right, but TV3’s online editors weren’t quite so careful in their use of stock photos. If only the poachers were so clueless. http://www.3news.co.nz/German-gecko-collector-jailed/tabid/1160/articleID/253027/Default.aspx Also a bit…

Predators in the long grass: spiders in alpine tussocks

Times in my life when I have thought worriedly about my impending mortality have, fortunately been few and far between. Three of these events have been associated with the recent Canterbury earthquakes. The most frightening was the 7.1 event of September 4, 2010 which kicked it all off. Getting thrown…