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Aug 12, 2021 37 tweets 16 min read
Sharing news that I’ve been reluctant to post because I have a lot of thoughts but few words about it… For nearly 2 months I’ve been in the hospital because I was crushed by a boulder at work. I’ve been posting updates here:
Site Name: taravstheboulder 1/caringbridge.org/visit/taravsth… As I have words I want to share I’ll post them in this thread… Most importantly, know your safety procedures, make sure ALL members of your team practice them, even when you’re close to services. Seconds can matter. My accident happened less than 50 ft from a road 2/
Mar 30, 2021 35 tweets 18 min read
First up: Red, in Fur #1 seed RED KANGAROO (Osphranter rufus) vs Tricksy Taxonomy #3 seed MOUNTAIN TAPIR (Tapirus pinchaque) #2021MMM Close up of a large rufous colored macropod with white legs Close up of the head and shoulders of a black shaggy animal This battle was a collaboration between @AnneWHilborn, @MarcKissel & ME! [gif of Jimmy Fallon saying "We are best when we work together & step up!"] #2021MMM
Mar 23, 2021 17 tweets 12 min read
NEXT UP: #4 seed PICADO'S JUMPING PIT VIPER (Atropoides picadoi) vs #5 seed DEVIL FROG (Beelzebufo ampinga) #2021MMM Medium-sized thick bodied snake in a loose coil on a dark, lIllustration of a large bodied, heavily armored from with th Pit viper's namesake Atropos is featured in the poem Shield of Heracles. Some descriptions of Atropos & Pit Viper are comparatively on point: "teeth are bright-white (λευκούς) like those of Fear; the long nails (fangs) w/ which they seize bodies" (Brockless 2017) #2021MMM Cover of a book by Hesiod titled The Shield of Heracles. TheExcerpt from the book The Shield of Heracles
Mar 19, 2021 17 tweets 12 min read
NEXT UP: #2 seed RED WOLF versus #7 seed TARSIER, co-written by @sexchrlab, @StoneLab_ASU & ME!! #2021MMM Red wolf laying in the grassclose up of Tarsier's face showing gigantic eyes Red Wolves are small-ish & slender canids w/ long limbs. Analyses of pre-1920 wolves suggests distinct skull morphologies btwn coyote & grey wolf but doesn't distinguish hypotheses - are they an ancient species or recent hybrid? (Nowak 2002, Audubon & Bachman 1851) #2021MMM Statistical distribution of skull morphological multivariate
Mar 18, 2021 15 tweets 10 min read
NEXT UP: #5 seed DEVIL FROG vs #12 seed FIRE SALAMANDER #2021MMM Color illustration of a large horned frog against a white baPhoto of a black and yellow spotted salamander against a nat Both of tonights combatants are amphibians, which have lived on Earth for at least 370 million years. The word amphibian comes from the Greek word amphibios, meaning "to live a double life", in reference to their aquatic & terrestrial life histories. (Vences et al 2005) #2021MMM Screen shot of figure from journal article referenced showin
Mar 16, 2021 16 tweets 10 min read
NEXT UP: #8 seed PINK VENT FISH (Thermarces cerberus) vs #9 seed LATHE ACTEON SNAIL (Acteon tornatilis) #2021MMM  two long slender greyish pinkish fish with large round pectwo pinkish tan striped turbinate shaped shells Pink Vent Fish is a predator associated w/ deep sea hydrothermal vents fed by volcanos in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, hence our combatant is named in honor of Cerberus, the 3-headed hound in Greek mythology who guards the entrance to the underworld alongside Hades #2021MMM  line drawing of a massive three headed dog with the tail ofglobal map of deep sea vents
Mar 12, 2021 17 tweets 14 min read
NEXT UP: #2 seed RED WOLF versus #15 seed GIANT GOLDEN MOLE, co-written by @EvolEmpiricist @StoneLab_ASU & ME!! #2021MMM A reddish and dark grey wolf lies on the groundPrepared specimen of a Giant Golden Mole on display at the N Giant Golden Moles are ~20 cm long & up to 539 grams (4x the size of other golden moles!). They vary in color, outer fur can be slate, dark brown, reddish or yellow-ish buff (Poduschka 1980) #2021MMM Drawing of golden mole but fur has greenish tinge
Mar 11, 2021 13 tweets 10 min read
FIRST UP!! #1 seed RED KANGAROO (Osphranter rufus) vs wild card winner SOUTHERN RED-BACKED VOLE (Myodes gapperi) #RedInFur #2021MMM Red Kangaroos are the largest living marsupial, weighing in at up to 90kg & 1.8m tall when standing. Male red kangaroos are much larger than females, up to twice the size. Males are also reddish in color, while the females are bluish-grey (Freedman et al. 2020) #2021MMM
Mar 17, 2020 18 tweets 13 min read
FIRST UP: #2 SEED FLORIDA PANTHER (PUMA CONCOLOR CORYI) VERSUS AMPHIBIAN CHYTRID FUNGUS (BATRACHOCHYTRIUM DENDROBATIDIS) Photos: @FWS & Rob O’ Sullivan #2020MMM ImageImage Whether you call it a panther, puma, cougar, or mountain lion - Puma concolor means lion-of-one-color. Panthers are shades of tan, coryi subsp. is darker brown to rust & kittens are gray w/ dark brown/blackish spots & five bands around the tail. fws.gov/refuge/florida… #2020MMM Image
Mar 13, 2020 13 tweets 9 min read
NEXT UP: No. 1 seed Pygmy Hog (Porcula salvania) vs No. 16 seed Southern Ningaui (Ningaui yvonneae) #2020MMM ImageImage Pygmy Hogs have blackish-brown fur shaded w/ rusty red that is longer at the nape of the neck. Weighing in at 3.7kg, males are larger than females. (Mallinson 1971) indiabiodiversity.org/species/show/2… #2020MMM Image
Mar 26, 2019 24 tweets 20 min read
NEXT UP: # 4 SEED FISHER VERSUS # 5 SEED TIGER OWL #2019MMM photo credits: Tom Kogut Tiger owls are generally "free from natural enemies" predators such as coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions & are known to attack humans who get too close to their nests (Baumgartner 1939) #TheyWillCutYou #2019MMM
Mar 19, 2019 18 tweets 12 min read
NEXT UP: # 4 SEED FISHER (Pekania pennanti) VERSUS # 13 SEED TIGER SALAMANDER (Ambystoma tigrinum) (photo: Paul Bannick @ConservationNW) #2019MMM Fisher (Pekania pennanti) photo: Paul BannickTiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) Both of our combatants are widespread throughout North America with overlapping ranges. Fishers inhabit forests with large trees, snags & logs for resting & denning, while tiger salamanders occur in forests, grasslands & marshy areas with soil suitable for burrowing #2019MMM
Mar 15, 2019 17 tweets 9 min read
NEXT UP: #8 seed Flat-headed Cat (Prionailurus planiceps) versus #9 seed Water Chevrotain (Hyemoschus aquaticus) aka mouse deer #2019MMM Flat-headed cat occurs throughout the southern Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, & Borneo in low tropical forests (including oil palm plantations). They also occur in riparian habitats. animaldiversity.org/accounts/Prion… #2019MMM
Mar 23, 2018 19 tweets 11 min read
Next Up: #4 Coyote (Canis latrans) vs. #12 Sewer Rat (Rattus norvegicus) #2018MMM Our combatants advanced entirely unscathed from round 1: Coyote gave up on pursuing a possum while Sewer Rat was very fortunate to have encountered a Moscow Dog that prefers human handouts to hunting #2018MMM
Mar 22, 2018 18 tweets 14 min read
NEXT UP: #3 seed Komodo Dragon versus #14 seed Hellbender #2018MMM The Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is a bohemith of a lizard, the largest extant species can be up to 3m (10ft) in length and weighs in at up to 70 kg (150lb) It is listed as Vulnerable by @IUCNRedList en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komodo_dr… (Ciofi 2004) #2018MMM
Mar 20, 2018 17 tweets 15 min read
NEXT UP: COYOTE VERSUS VIRGINIA OPOSSUM #2018MMM Coyote and Virginia opossum last shared a common ancestor 160 million years ago timetree.org kumarlab.net/downloads/pape… #2018MMM