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Giant Tortoises and Baobab Trees: Imperfect Apart

Giant Tortoises and Baobab Trees: Imperfect Apart

Remove a species from an ecosystem and other species tend to suffer. Take the giant Madagascar tortoise, for example. The two species of giant tortoises on Madagascar went extinct centuries ago, but their loss is still being felt today.

August 13, 2013 — John R. Platt

Seven New Species of Pill-Millipede Found in Madagascar

July 11, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer

The Madagascan Skink Amphiglossus Eats Crabs

Neither stream-dwelling nor crab-eating are common behavior in lizards. Madagascar is home to a morphologically and behaviorally diverse group of skinks, and a few of those are confirmed stream-dwellers. Here I discuss a case in which biologist Asia Murphy has succeeded in photographing—perhaps for the first time—one of these stream-dwelling skinks eating crabs...

February 5, 2016 — Darren Naish
Sunday Species Snapshot: Coquerel’s Sifaka

Sunday Species Snapshot: Coquerel’s Sifaka

These medium-sized lemurs, known for their delightful leaping ability, were only recognized as their own species in 2001, which undoubtedly slowed conservation efforts.

February 9, 2014 — John R. Platt

Gorgeous Blue-Eyed Lemur Faces Extinction in 11 Years

One of the most recently discovered lemur species of Madagascar could also be one of the first to disappear. The striking blue-eyed black lemur (Eulemur flavifrons), which was only identified as a species in 2008, faces extinction in as little as 11 years due to rapid deforestation in its only habitat, according to research published [...]

February 11, 2015 — John R. Platt

Critically Endangered Gecko Discovered in Madagascar

The island of Madagascar is home to a pretty amazing and diverse collection of geckos, with nearly 70 species from 10 different genera. Now you can add one more species to the list: Paroedura hordiesi, a highly camouflaged nocturnal gecko that was recently discovered in northern Madagascar.

November 13, 2014 — John R. Platt

Look Out Lemurs: Climate Change Is Taking Your Land

As if rampant deforestation and poaching weren't bad enough, climate change will have a devastating effect on the majority of Madagascar's lemur species, most of them already imperiled, according to a paper published this week in Ecology and Evolution.

February 19, 2015 — John R. Platt
Fish Found: The Greatest Conservation Success Story of 2013?

Fish Found: The Greatest Conservation Success Story of 2013?

Seven months ago things looked pretty bleak for the Mangarahara cichlid (Ptychochromis insolitus). The only habitat for this rare Madagascar fish species had been destroyed and the cichlid was down to its last three known individuals, all of which were males.

December 23, 2013 — John R. Platt
Sunday Species Snapshot: Alaotran Gentle Lemur

Sunday Species Snapshot: Alaotran Gentle Lemur

A primate that lives only in wetlands? That alone makes the Alaotran gentle lemur unique. But this tiny lemur lives in incredibly limited constrained habitat, which continues to shrink around it.

December 22, 2013 — John R. Platt

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