Natural History

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In April 2020 several wildfires raged in the Netherlands and Western Germany's forests, moors, and heath meadows. Especially small animals like reptiles, amphibians, insects, and ground-nesting birds can be affected by those fires. One of these fires destroyed big parts of a region that inhabits one of the biggest adders populations in the Netherlands and needed hundreds of firefighters to put it out. How are the fauna and flora doing now? How big is the loss? Well that is something research...

The yearly spring break of the Bufo bufo is not just fun to observe it's a great opportunity to photograph details and funny moments in the annual mating season. This blogpost is more like a yearly gallery, which will get new images from season to season. So maybe we will have soon a blogpost which is competing with the galleries. It's quite hard to get every image you need and want in one season even when you are out every day/night! The perspectives of the big party are countless, the massive...

Well, where should I start the story.. . maybe with a short exemplification of neoteny. Neoteny in newts and salamanders is a disorder in the metmorphosis (mostly) in cause of a disfunction of the thyroid. The metamorphosis stops at a certain point and as a result of that, the juveniles/adults keep their gills from the larvae stage (GOULD 1977). Mostly you can find single individuals in ponds, but in a view cases the big part of the population can be neotenic (HARTWIG & ROTTMANN 1940)....