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ecocides: Acid lakes of Kamchatka - Russia | image by Денис Будьков
POSTED: 1 year ago NOTES: 453 TAGS: #landscape #geology #asia

Poison Seeds? Spit it Out!
by Jane J. Lee
They won’t win any points from Miss Manners, but seed-spitting rodents in Israel’s Negev Desert avoid becoming victims of chemical warfare while sowing a new generation of a Middle Eastern desert plant. The 4-millimeter-wide berries of a plant called taily weed (Ochradenus baccatus, top left) are laced with harmless molecules that, when combined, produce a mustard oil bomb. Cracking open the berry’s seeds releases the enzyme myrosinase, which mixes with compounds called glucosinolates in the flesh to produce the toxic brew. 
Field observations demonstrated that two species of spiny mice (Acomys cahirinus, top right, and Acomys russatus) and the bushy-tailed jird (Sekeetamys calurus) spit out intact seeds when eating the berries. When scientists deactivated the “bombs” in the lab by neutralizing myrosinase, spiny mice ate 80% of the seeds compared with 27% from active bombs. Discarded seeds had double the germination rates as seeds left in the berries, the team reports online today in Current Biology. The plant’s chemical defense has thus turned a seed consumer into a disperser, demonstrating that bad manners sometimes lead to good things.
(via: Science NOW)      (image: Michal Samuni-Blank/Technion-Israel Institute of Technology)

Magadan, Russia.
By seregamtk
POSTED: 2 years ago NOTES: 11 TAGS: #magadan #russia #asia

Mount Cangyan, Hebei, China

ifapophisdoesntgetyou:portamental: omg

* just in case you were wondering… asiatic elephants.
POSTED: 2 years ago NOTES: 5386 TAGS: #elephant #zoo #asia #mammal

Greater Adjutant Stork (Leptoptilos dubius), Cambodia
(photo: Dr. Fitz)
POSTED: 2 years ago NOTES: 493 TAGS: #stork #bird #asia

Chestnut-breasted Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus curvirostris)
Found in Southeast Asia from Myanmar through to eastern Java, the Philippines and Borneo, it is a large cuckoo measuring up to 49 cm (19 in) with grey and dark green upperparts and chestnut underparts, and a large curved pale upper mandible. The male and female are similar in plumage. Unlike many cuckoos, it builds its nest and raises its own young… (read more: Wikipedia)
(photo: Evan Parker)

fairy-wren: a gorgeous male Ruff, in breeding plumage
(photo by bossum)

scipsy: The Amur Leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) is one of the rarest felids in the world. There are about 30-35 indiciduals remaining in the wild.
(via Amur Leopard Conservation)

Two Japanese Grass Lizards (Takydromus tachydromoides) fighting, Tsukuba, Japan
family Lacertidae
(photo: Materialscientist)

theanimalblog: Secretive Tree Shrews Give Birth at National Zoo
In August, two baby Tree Shrews were born at The National Zoo. Keepers at the zoo had no idea until the pair were nearly fully grown! This is due to the secretive rearing habits of this small mammals native to Southeast Asia.
“One of the many things that’s interesting about [Tree Shrews] is the way they’re cared for as young,” says David Kessler, a biologist at the Zoo. “What happens is, as soon as they’re born, they’ll nurse, and they will drink up to 50 percent of their body weight in one nursing. Then they’re in a nest, and the female has her own nest separate from where they are, and she’ll only come and nurse the young once every 48 hours.”…
(read more: ZooBorns)

fairy-wren: Brahminy Starling (Sturnia pagodarum)
POSTED: 2 years ago NOTES: 57 TAGS: #starling #bird #asia #india