Feb 13

ICYMI: Arkive has compiled some of the biggest and most interesting headlines from this week.

The following article was originally published on Friday, Feb 6, 2015.

 Giant clam = giant impact: study compiles how mega-clams impact seas

Fluted-clam-showing-shell-shape

Fluted clam showing shell shape

Giant clam on reef

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young giant clams serve as a food source for many species, but some like the fluted clam also serve as habitats for other organisms. Moreover, dense concentrations of the small giant clam can even create small islands called mapiko.

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Small giant clam

 

The following article was originally published on Saturday, Feb 7, 2015.

Frontline teams ‘unaware’ of wildlife smuggler tactics

Javan rhinoceros in shallows of river

African elephant family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 An important step in fighting wildlife trafficking is educating freight forwarders and handlers of air, ship, and land cargoes. When disguised it is often difficult to identify horns and tusks, that belong to rhinos and elephants, respectively.

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The following article was originally published on Sunday, Feb 8, 2015.

Washington state mulls ban on capture of killers whales for entertainment

Orca pair underwater

 

Currently 57 orcas are in captivity in 14 marine parks in eight countries. Of those captive orcas, 25 are in SeaWorld parks in Texas, California, and Florida.

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The following article was originally published on Monday, Feb 9, 2015.

Pollinator collapse could lead to a rise in malnutrition

Female common carder bumblebee feeding from flower

A pollinator collapse could increase nutrient deficiency across local populations by up to 56% in Zambia, Bangladesh, Uganda and Mozambique. While most of the spotlight falls on bees other pollinators like butterflies and wasps are also of grave importance.

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Common wasp carrying food to nest

Monarch butterfly resting on a flowering plant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following article was originally published on Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015.

Recently discovered, critically endangered bird gets its first reserve

Araripe manakin in habitat

Discovered in 1998, the Araripe Manakin has received 140 acres of land for a reserve. There are only 800 extant individuals who live within Brazil’s Chapado do Araripe.

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The following article was originally published on Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015.

Drones may aid bird studies without ruffling feathers

Common greenshank hunting

greater flamingo coming in to land

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Researchers tested how flamingos and common greenshanks reacted to drones. They found that birds became agitated if the drone swooped down toward them as opposed to flying overhead. It might prove useful for birds that inhabit areas inaccessible to humans.

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The following article was originally published on Thursday, Feb 12, 2015.

The gray wolf spotted near the Grand Canyon this fall has already been killed by a hunter

Eurasian wolf side view

Coyote walking through snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last year, a gray wolf was spotted near the Grand Canyon, which had not happened in decades. Unfortunately, in late December this same wolf was killed by a hunter who mistook it for a coyote.

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Enjoy your weekend!

William Lazaro, Arkive Social Media Intern, Wildscreen USA