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March 2014 Blog Posts (5)

Look Who’s Helping Olive Ridley



Look Who's Helping Olive Ridley

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Added by Manipadma Jena on March 28, 2014 at 8:54 — No Comments

Provinces get their own butterflies

verybody loves a butterfly and perhaps Sri Lankans more than most: four years after the Sri Lanka Birdwing was declared the national butterfly each of the nine provinces are to get their own butterfly.

The nine are considered flagship species due to their attractive colour patterns and have been selected because they are endemic to Sri Lanka, charismatic and readily seen. None of the butterflies are a pest at any stage of its life cycle nor a vectoring agent of…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 12, 2014 at 16:04 — No Comments

Beaked whale with Sinhala name retakes its place in history

Push to honour Dr. P.E.P. Deraniyagala for his research

This week, an enigmatic whale first described studying a specimen found in Sri Lanka has been reclassified as a new marine mammal species. The whale species – member of a family known as beaked whales for their elongated beak-like snouts – bears an interesting history.On 26 January 1963 a specimen of a dying 4.5m-long, blue-grey female beaked whale was washed ashore at Ratmalana. After…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 12, 2014 at 16:02 — No Comments

Largest day gecko the first on 2014 endemic new species list

A gecko has become the first creature in 2014 to join the impressive list of endemic species of Sri Lanka. The new species, discovered in Rammalakanda forest, has been named Rammale day gecko (Rammale diva huna), classified scientifically as Cnemaspis rammalensis.

New species: Active during the day

Unlike the common house gecko that is found hunting insects near lamps in most households at night, the new species is mostly active during the day.

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 12, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

Ankutta join list of endemic fish

Sri Lanka is home to four species of Ankutta or catfish. One, scientifically classified as Mystus keletius, has been identified as a species native to both Sri Lanka and India, but new analysis by Dr. Heok Hee Ng and Rohan Pethiyagoda on this species has confirmed the Sri Lankan species is different from the Indian fish and…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 12, 2014 at 15:59 — No Comments

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