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Shadow, Labyrinth, Mirror: New Species of Child-Eating Dracula Ants Get Cool Ninja Names

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Time to dust off those tuxedos and meet me at the Blood Bar in five, because we’ve got six new species of Dracula ants to discuss. Species belonging to the Amblyoponinae subfamily of ants from Madagascar have earned the nickname ‘Dracula ants’, thanks to a social feeding system that involves the queens and workers feeding [...]

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Top Ten Strangest Animal Moments of 2013

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It’s been a good year for strange animals. Which is something you could probably say about every year ever because animals are strange. So here’s my Top Ten Strangest Animal Moments of 2013, ordered from most strange to slightly less strange. Most lists go the other way and end on a high note, but when [...]

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New Skin-Feeding Amphibian Found in French Guiana

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A new species of skin-feeding amphibian has been discovered in French Guiana. Named Microcaecilia dermatophaga, it joins just three other caecilian species whose young have been observed to regularly feed on their mother’s skin. Amphibians can be pretty good parents, committing themselves to various guarding, transporting and feeding behaviours to foster their offspring. The Surinam toad from French [...]

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