New lobster species discovered


This video is called Amazing footage of spiny lobsters migrating in the Caribbean, narrated by David Attenborough.

From Museum Victoria in Australia:

New lobster species found

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

MV researcher Dr Jo Taylor recently documented 10 species of squat lobsters along the continental margin of Western Australia, including two species that are new to science and six that are recorded for the first time from Australian waters.

Jo has named one of the new species, Munidopsis comarge, in recognition of the Census of Marine Life Project: Continental Margin Ecosystems (COMARGE) that funded her postdoctoral fellowship.

Species of the genus Munidopsis are typical animals of the deep sea. The genus is one of the most diverse and species-rich of all the squat lobsters, including more than 225 species from oceans worldwide. Munidopsis species are commonly distributed from the lower continental shelf, usually deeper than 500 m, and around 20 per cent of species are known to occur on the abyssal plain at depths greater than 3000 m. One has even been recorded from the wreck of the Titanic!

This new species publication coincides with the release of the Census of Marine Life’s ‘A Decade of Discovery’ – the culmination of ten years of collaboration between 2700 scientists from over 80 nations worldwide to uncover the extraordinary diversity and abundance of life in the sea. MV’s Tim O’Hara and Gary Poore attended the celebrations in London this month.

Jo’s paper, ‘New records and new species of the munidopsine squat lobsters (Decapoda: Anomura: Galatheidae: Munidopsinae) from Australia’, is co-authored by Shane Ahyong from the Australian Museum and Nikos Andreakis from the Australian Institute of Marine Science. It is published in the journal Zootaxa today.

New lobsters described in Zootaxa receiving media exposure in The Hindu today: here.

National Geographic: New Squat Lobsters Found Off Australia: here.

13 Stunning Photos From 10-Year Sea Census: here.

Gun fired at Turkish-Dutch building


Belgian and Turkish-born women at an Alevi centre in Belgium

The climate of racism and xenophobia in various countries, including the Netherlands, has various consequences.

Geert Wilders’ anti-Muslim party is expected to have big influence on the new Dutch national government being formed now.

Violent crime also seems to fit in this anti-immigrant climate.

Today, translated from Dutch news agency ANP:

Dordrecht mosque under fire

On Sunday night, a gun has been fired at the Alevi mosque in Dordrecht. The police announced this today. At the time of the shooting, there were people inside, but nobody was hurt.

The bullet that was fired hit an outside door of the building. Attendees sounded an alarm. Police are working on trace evidence.

The building on the Merwedestraat was originally a factory warehouse. In the 1950’s a Roman Catholic church was established there. Ever since 1996 the building has been a mosque.

See also here.

Cartoon here.

For “moderate” Islamophobes who claim to oppose only “fundamentalist Muslims”: Alevis are a liberal tendency within Islam. For instance, there is no pressure to attend mosque services.

Dutch prosecutors attacked populist politician Geert Wilders’s contention today that his hateful sermons on Islam are based on irrefutable facts: here.

Swedish police fear a lone gunman may be behind a spate of racially-motivated shootings in the southern city of Malmo: here.

America’s conservatives show increasing fear of Sharia law in US, despite scant evidence: here.

USA: Whoopi and Joy walk off set over Bill O’Reilly’s comments about Muslims: here.

Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam; by Mark Curtis; book review here.

Fastest birds in the world


This video is called Spur-winged Goose.

From The Travel Almanac:

Bird max. recorded speed (kph) speed (mph)

1. Spine-tailed swift, also known as the White-throated Needletail (scientific name: Hirundapus caudacutus) 171 106
2. Frigate bird 153 95
3. Spur-winged goose 142 88
4. Red-breasted merganser 129 80
5. White-rumped swift 124 77
6. Canvasback duck 116 72
7. Eider duck 113 70
8. Teal 109 68
=9. Mallard 105 65
=9. Pintail 105

notes:

* The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest bird, and in fact the fastest animal on the planet, when in its hunting dive, the stoop, in which it soars to a great height, then dives steeply at speeds of over 200 mph (see fastest animals). However, it does not make the top ten when travelling in level flight.

The 20 Most Brilliantly Colored Birds in the World; photos here.