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May 14, 2011

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Conger congregation! The related body patterns resemble the shadow patterns of rippling water, and some congers develop temporary cryptic stripes when hunting at night: http://www.tinyurl.com/crypticconger.
The rate of species discovery is astonishing. A good list here: http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/*:newspecies&template=new_species#cr
with my favorite right-in-front-of-us story, the insect unknown to science found in the garden of London’s Natural History Museum: http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/natural-history927.html

Richard - thanks for the links - and the pun could have been worse!

Every time I read one of these new species lists, I am astonished, and the recent reports from the marine inventory/census project simply confirm the extent of our ignorance of what we really mean by "biodiversity."

One problem - I couldn't get the "cryptic conger" link to work - any suggestions?

Michael

Sorry! The link doesn't work for me either now, though I tested it before. If you ask Google to search for "conger eel maurice burton", it should take you to an article from the fabulous International Wildlife Encyclopedia, in which there's a photo of a cryptically banded conger.

I did and it does - great article and another exotic new word: "leptocephali." I live and learn....

I was also delighted to be taken, in the encyclopedia, directly from congers to coots.

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