Boophis ankarafensis:
A New Species of the Boophis rappiodes group (Anura, Mantellidae) from the Sahamalaza Peninsula, northwest Madagascar, with Acoustic Monitoring of its Nocturnal Calling  [2014]
A new species of treefrog of the Boophis rappiodes group (Anura, Mantellidae) is described from the Sahamalaza – Iles Radama National Park in northwest Madagascar.
This new species is green in colour with bright red speckling across its head and dorsum; similar in morphology to other species of this group including: B. bottae, B. rappiodes, B. erythrodactylus and B. tasymena.
All individuals were detected from the banks of two streams in Ankarafa Forest. The new species represents the only member of the B. rappiodes group endemic to Madagascar’s western coast, with the majority of other members known from the eastern rainforest belt.
Despite its conspicuous call, it has not been detected from other surveys of northwest Madagascar and it is likely to be a local endemic to the peninsula. The ranges of two other amphibian species also appear restricted to Sahamalaza, and so the area seems to support a high level of endemicity.
Although occurring inside a National Park, this species is highly threatened by the continuing decline in the quality and extent of its habitat. Due to these threats it is proposed that this species should be classified as Critically Endangered according to the IUCN Red List criteria…
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(via: NovaTaxa - Species New to Science)

Here’s lookin’ at you! The sarcastic fringehead likes to spend most of its time sitting in a bottle or boot in our “junk tank,” and has developed an impressive ability to independently move its eyes to scan for prey or predators. Make a fringehead your computer wallpaper


Exploring Climate Change through Art: Giant Pastel Oceanscapes and Icebergs Drawn by Zaria Forman

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Did you know that all Paper Nautilus shells are from Argonauta argo females?
Commonly referred to as Paper Nautilus, Argonauta argo (Octopoda - Argonautidae) is a species of cephalopod with a very particular sexual dimorphism.
The female is lodged in a boat-shaped, unchambered shell that serves primarily as brood chamber (also called egg case). This thin-walled, transversely-wrinkled shell is secreted by lobular enlargements at the tips of the dorsal arms. Female egg cases tend to be longer than female mantle lengths, so individuals can often recede completely inside the structure 
The male is dwarf, about one twentieth the size of a female; males can only reach a maximum of several centimeters in length while females can be two meters long.
Another distinctive feature of males is that they lack of shell, so all shells of the species are from females. Occasionally whole mature males are found in the shell of the female. 
References: [1] - [2]
Photo credit: ©Xavi Simona | Locality: unknown (2009)

Kosmoceras (pyritized ammonite)
Ryazan, Russia

Hairy Cup Fungus (Cookeina tricholoma) by Andreas Kay

Mycena amicta 
With a cap just 5 to 15 mm in diameter, these small fungi belonging to the species Mycena amicta (Mycenaceae), sometimes have a striking olivaceous, greenish or bluish green shade. The base of the stipe usually is somewhat blue-green, but sometimes it can be entirely blue.
The species grows solitary, scattered, to occasionally clustered on conifer logs (often under the bark) in montane regions of North America and Europe.
References: [1] - [2]
Photo credit: ©Tatiana Bulyonkova | Locality: Novosibirskaya Oblast, Russia (2012)


Real-Time Face Tracking and Projection Mapping

Impressive proof-of-concept demonstration from OMOTE which accurately projects visuals onto a moving human face - video embedded below:


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Black-eyed Litter Frog (Leptobrachium nigrops)


Corpse Bride

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