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Laura Klappenbach

Updated Articles and Resources

By Laura Klappenbach

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Facts About Jellyfish Created: Tuesday, August 01, 2006 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      Learn interesting facts about jellyfish and find out about the characteristics make them different from other cnidarian groups, their life cycle and their evolutionary history.
    • How Do Coral Reefs Form? Created: Thursday, September 06, 2007 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      Stony corals are a remarkable group of animals that inhabit tropical marine waters around the world and form vast colonies known as coral reefs
    • Fish Created: Monday, January 25, 2010 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      The term fish is used to refer to any aquatic vertebrate that has a skin covered with scales, two sets of paired fins, some unpaired fins, and a set of gills.
    • Carnivores Created: Monday, December 27, 2004 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
      Profile of carnivores, a group of mammals that includes dogs and their relatives, bears, racoons, mustelids, civits, hyenas, aardwolf, and cats.
    • What Is a Rain Shadow? Created: Thursday, September 06, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      A rain shadow is an area of dry land on the leeward side of a mountain. This profile explores the geography, habitat, and wildlife of rain shadows.
    • Cartilaginous Fishes Created: Tuesday, December 08, 2009 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      Profile of cartilaginous fishes, a group of fishes that includes the largest and most formidable marine predators alive today.
    • Facts About Corals Created: Thursday, July 20, 2006 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      Learn about corals and find out about their diversity, evolutionary history and the characteristics make them different from other invertebrate groups.
    • Amur Leopard Created: Friday, December 14, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      Profile of the Amur leopard, a subspecies of leopard and ranks among the world's most endangered cats.
    • Adelie Penguin Created: Monday, November 14, 2005 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      The Adelie penguin has a black back and a white belly and white rings around their eyes. Their wings are black on top and white underneath. This profile explores basic facts about Adelie penguin in...
    • Gastropods Created: Sunday, October 09, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Profile of gastropods, a group of molluscs that undergo torsion when they develop and have a spirally coiled shell.
    • The Life Cycle of a Frog Created: Friday, May 04, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      The life cycle of a frog consists of three stages: egg, larva, and adult. This article explores the many developmental changes a frog experiences throughout its lifetime.
    • Defining Zoology Created: Friday, November 28, 2003 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Zoology is the study of animals; yet this definition implies a simplicity that does not exist; instead, zoology is a complex discipline, drawing upon a diverse body of scientific observation and th...
    • Marsupials Created: Sunday, March 14, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Marsupials are a group of mammals that give birth to their young at an early stage of their development.
    • Hogs and Pigs Created: Monday, May 04, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Hogs and pigs, also known as suids, are a group of mammals that includes babirusas, pigs, warthogs, forest hogs, red river pigs, and bushpigs. The Family Suidae also includes the domestic pig, Sus scrofa. The Family Suidae is subdivided into eight genera containing a total of sixteen species of pigs.
    • The Basic Animal Groups Created: Friday, May 20, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      An introduction to the six basic groups of animals including amphibians, birds, fishes, invertebrates, mammals, and reptiles.
    • The Basic Invertebrate Groups Created: Thursday, May 09, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      An introduction to six basic groups of invertebrates including arthropods, cnidarians, echinoderms, mollusks, segmented worms, and sponges.
    • Things You Can Do To Protect Wildlife Created: Friday, September 12, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      A list of simple things you can do to help protect animals and wildlife.
    • Understanding the Threats to Animals and Wildlife Created: Thursday, February 16, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Living things face a constant barrage of external stresses or threats that challenge their ability to survive and reproduce. If a species is unable to successfully cope with these threats through adaptation, they may face extinction.
    • Net Primary Production Created: Saturday, April 03, 2004 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Net primary production (NPP) is the total energy (or nutrients) accumulated by an ecological unit of interest (such as an organism, a population, or an entire community).
    • Facts About Animals Created: Friday, May 20, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Learn interesting facts about animals and find out about the characteristics make them different from other groups of living organisms.
    • Reptile Characteristics Created: Monday, November 11, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      What is a reptile? To answer this question, we must understand the characteristics of reptiles - such as amniotic eggs, scales and ectothermy.
    • Animal Profiles - An A to Z List of Scientific Names Created: Friday, October 28, 2011 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      An A to Z list of animal profiles available in The Animal Encyclopedia, sorted alphabetically by scientific name.
    • Facts About Bears Created: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Facts about bears, a group of carnivores known for their burly build, impressive agility and, in some species, their winter sleep habits.
    • A Biography of Charles Darwin Created: Thursday, February 12, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England on February 12, 1809, the fourth child of Robert Waring Darwin and Susannah Wedgwood." itemprop="description"> Monday, June 07, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      The following is an A to Z list of animal pictures available at this site, sorted alphabetically by common name." itemprop="description">> Thursday, May 21, 2009 Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014
      A list of ten animals of the Amazon River basin in South America including harpy eagles, three-toed sloths, toucans, and more.
    • Great Barrier Reef Animals Created: Monday, October 31, 2011 Updated: Sunday, April 06, 2014
      A list of some of the animals that inhabit the Great Barrier Reef including sea birds, mollusks, marine mammals, marine reptiles, and more.
    • Facts About Octopuses Created: Friday, October 21, 2011 Updated: Sunday, April 06, 2014
      From clouds of ink to chromatophores, there's more to octopi than eight arms.
    • Animal Characteristics Created: Friday, May 20, 2011 Updated: Sunday, April 06, 2014
      Learn about the key characteristics of animals including multicellularity, eukaryotic cells, sexual reproduction, movement, and more.
    • Mammal Characteristics Created: Friday, April 08, 2011 Updated: Sunday, April 06, 2014
      Learn about the key characteristics of mammals including mammary glands, hair, endothermy, diphyodonty, and more.
    • Top Wildlife Conservation Organizations Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Sunday, April 06, 2014
      A list of my top ten favorite conservation organizations that work to protect animals and wildlife around the world.
    • Mammal Profiles - An A to Z List of Mammals Created: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 Updated: Sunday, April 06, 2014
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