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Crabs, lobsters, and their relatives, also known as malacostracans, are a group of crustaceans that includes crabs, lobsters, shrimp, mantis shrimp, prawns, krill, spider crabs, woodlice and many others.

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How Many Plover Species Can You Name?

Semipalmated plover - Charadrius semipalmatus

Plovers are a group of wading birds that includes about 40 species found around the globe. These charming birds have short bills, long legs, and feed on invertebrates such as insects and worms. How many species of plovers can you name? Check out this image gallery if you need some hints ...

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Sharks: From Top Predators to Gentle Filter-Feeders

Sharks are a group of cartilaginous fishes widely known for their fearsome predatory nature.

Flatworms: Meet the Planarians, Flukes, and Tapeworms

Profile of flatworms, a group of invertebrate animals that includes planarians, tapeworms, and flukes.

Amniotes: The Innovators of the Four-Membraned Egg

Amniotes (Amniota) are a group of tetrapods that includes birds, reptiles, and mammals. There are about 25,000 species of amniotes alive today.

Tetrapods: The Four-By-Fours of the Vertebrate World

Profile of tetrapods, a group of vertebrates that includes amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

The Bonobo's Uncertain Future

Bonobos face a precarious future unless they receive better protection throughout their current range, a new study reveals.

Cobras and Relatives

Profile of cobras and their relatives, a group of snakes that include mambas, kraits, death adders, sheildnose cobras, whipsnakes, spitting cobras, and many other groups.

Sirenians

Profile of sirenians, also known as sea cows, a group of mammals that includes dugongs and manatees.

Oceanic Dolphins

Profile of oceanic dolphins, a group of cetaceans that includes dolphins, pilot whales, and killer whales.

Rats! Are Rodents Getting Bigger?

It's the stuff of low-budget sci-fi movies: rodents around the globe are growing ever larger at astonishing rates.

Leaf-Cutter Ants Dabble with Nitrogen Fixation

Leaf-cutter ants are crafty cultivators. They tend vast gardens of fungus that they harvest to feed their minions.

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