Posts Tagged ‘biology’

When is a tail not a tail?

In Animals, Crazy YarpNews on June 9, 2014 at 12:45 pm

If that’s not a tail between its legs, does it mean it’s pleased to see me?

When you’re a busy biologist, naming new species can be a bit of a drag. Not only do you have to come up with something interesting and relevant in English, but you also have to come up with another often unpronounceable Latin version for its scientific name.

The trouble with spending all your time naming things is you don’t have much time to check that the names you’ve been handing out are correct.

Consider the Ascaphus Truei, which is otherwise known as the Coastal Tailed Frog. Yes, it is a frog and yes, it does hang out near the coast, but hang on a minute, is that really a tail between it’s legs?

So, if it’s not a tail, what is that large appendage? Why, it’s the equipment that froggy went a-courting with!

And there is the rub. The poor little frog proudly drags his mighty manhood around, but gets no recognition for his talent, even though it can grow up to a quarter of the length of his body! That’s huge

Although the comparative size of the beast to its ‘tail’ is impressive, it’s not what you’ve got, but what you do with it that counts and here the Coastal Tailed Frog shines, as it is the master of wagging its ‘tail’.

“It actually swivels around to different positions,” said aquatic ecologist, Harry Toadlicker. “Also, they have sex in very cold water, which is not easy either.”

Fortunately, for the little frog, the ladies don’t seem to mind that his most unique attribute has been incorrectly named – the latest buzz around the fish pond is that there are a bevy of wide mouthed beauties keen to meet a coastal ‘tailed’ frog.

New species of frog is a peeling

In Crazy YarpNews on April 29, 2011 at 8:37 pm

This frog is so a peeling!

Biologists exploring the outer reaches of Madagascar were very excited when they discovered what they thought was a new species of frog. But the excitement soon turned to amazement when their new discovery turned out to be an orange.

“We really thought we had found a frog,” admitted Chief Biologist, Dr Russell Ingleeves (51). “But we soon realized our error when one of the locals began to peel it.

“Turns out it was a frog-shaped Clementine, a kind of seedless orange.”

At first the doctor and his team believed that their find was still valid as being a remarkable discovery.

“We all congratulated each other… I mean none of us had ever seen a frog-shaped orange before, so we thought what we found was amazing.

“But then the locals put us right, it seems these frog-shaped Clementines are not very rare at all, in fact they are everywhere. Around here they really do grow on trees.”

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