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PhD in wild animal gut microbiomes • now grant writer @calacademy / prev 🐸 @PittBioSci, 🐒 @NDBios, 🦠 @Cal • she/her/hers • tweets my own
Mar 26, 2021 31 tweets 17 min read
LAST UP: from the Myths & Monsters Division: 1st seed Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) vs 6th seed Sphinx Monkey (Mandrillus sphinx) #2021MMM This battle brought to you with a little extra spice from @Mammals_Suck! #2021MMM
Mar 18, 2021 20 tweets 12 min read
NEXT UP: 6th seed Sphinx monkey (Mandrillus sphinx) vs. 11th seed Black and Red Bush Squirrel (Paraxerus lucifer) #2021MMM Sphinx monkey is named after the sphinx, a mythical creature w/the body of a lion, wings of an eagle, and head of a person. Astute observers may recognize sphinx in hits like #2014MMM, #2017MMM, & as part of the seven Wonders of the Ancient World. [Pic: Clark & Kim Kays] #2021MMM A photo taken by Clark and Kim Kays showing the Great Sphinx
Mar 12, 2021 21 tweets 15 min read
NEXT UP: 5th seed Kinda Baboon (Papio kindae) vs 12th seed Egyptian Fruit Bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus) #2021MMM This battle was a team effort between the #2021MMM team's resident bat expert @alyb_batgirl and baboon expert @chumblebiome, with #TricksyTaxonomy info from @StoneLab_ASU!
Mar 12, 2020 18 tweets 12 min read
NEXT UP: 7th seeded Tayra (Eira barbara) VS 10th seeded Falanouc (Eupleres goudotii) #2020MMM Arkive photo of a tayra, a large black weasel, sitting on a rock and among foliage. Taken by Pete Oxford.Arkive photo of a falanouc, a mongoose like creature, taken at night. The falanouc is walking among grass. Photo by Pete Oxford. Bushdog, irara, gato negro, perro de monte, lepasil, tayra. Our first combatant is a #MustelidofManyNames - every country in its range has their own name. The genus alludes to this: Eira is Guarani [indigenous language spoken by peoples of Bolivia/Paraguay] for tayra. #2020MMM A close up photo of a tayra's face. It appears to be smiling. Photo from, taken by Nick Gorden.<br />
Mar 26, 2019 16 tweets 12 min read
NEXT UP: 3rd seed Bearcat (Arctictis binturong) vs. 6th seed Lion-Tailed Macaque (Macaca silenus)! #2019MMM Close up of a bearcat's faceClose up of a lion tail mac... Last round we saw our mammalian #AltCat contestants "triumph" over their herp competitors: Lion-Tailed Macaque held a long protective vigil until the Cat Snake departed for tastier pastures, and Bearcat took a tumble out of a fig tree directly onto Leopard Tree Frog. #2019MMM
Mar 22, 2019 16 tweets 9 min read
NEXT UP: 2nd seed West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus) vs. 10th seed Aquatic Genet (Genetta piscivora) #2019MMM In the first round of the Waterfalls Division, we saw Manatee triumph over the Ring-tailed Vontsira via nibble and Aquatic Genet eek out a victory over the Marine Otter thanks to a close encounter of the orca kind. #2019MMM
Mar 20, 2019 15 tweets 10 min read
FIRST UP: 1st seed Plains Zebra (Equus quagga) and Yellow-Billed Oxpecker (Buphagus africanus) vs 16th seed Batfly (Penicillidia jenynsii) and Gammaproteobacteria #2019MMM Today's first battle pits two of the most classic mutualisms against one another. When I say classic, I mean so classic that there's actually a picture of a zebra and an oxpecker next to the definition of mutualism on Google. #2019MMM
Mar 15, 2019 15 tweets 9 min read
NEXT UP: 6th seed Crab-Eating Fox (Cerdocyon thous) vs. 11th seed Greater Moonrat (Echinosorex gymnura) #2019MMM The dawn is rising on the Brazilian Cerrado, or tropical woodland savanna of central Brazil. The Cerrado is the most biodiverse savannah in the world: 5% of the world's plants & animals are native to this biome. #2019MMM…
Mar 15, 2019 16 tweets 10 min read
NEXT UP: 1st seed Moose (Artiodactyla: Alces alces) vs.16th seed Greater Bulldog Bat (Chiroptera: Noctilio leporinus). This battle was a team effort with @je_light #2019MMM What in the world is a bat doing on the Waterfalls division? Well, those of you that did your research will know that the Greater Bulldog Bat is adapted for piscivory, or fish eating, in tropical lowland habitats #2019MMM
Mar 29, 2018 17 tweets 10 min read
NEXT UP: 3rd seeded Dimetrodon limbatus vs 2nd seeded Amebelodon fricki!!! #2018MMM Hand-claps for @MarcKissel who wrote this amazing BATTLE OF THE DONS!!! #2018MMM (I'm just the messenger tonight)
Mar 29, 2018 18 tweets 11 min read
FIRST UP: 1st-seed Orinoco crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) vs. 5th-seed Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius)! #2018MMM secretary bird glamour shotOrinoco croc showing off it's jaws Our competitors in this first battle have so far only faced off with much smaller Arthropod foes, so the Sweet 16 Round will be their first tournament tumble with large vertebrate competitors. #2018MMM
Mar 23, 2018 19 tweets 12 min read
NEXT UP: #2 seed Cape Town Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) vs #7 seed Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) #2018MMM It's round 1 all over again: Primate vs Spiky thing! #2018MMM Unlike R1, tonight's battle was a collaboration between @je_light and I!
Mar 22, 2018 23 tweets 14 min read
NEXT UP: 2nd-seed Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus) vs. 15th seed Tardigrade (Milnesium tardigradum) #2018MMM The tardigrade was discovered by German Pastor J.A.E. Goeze in 1773. He dubbed it a "water bear" based on the way it moves-like of a bear lumbering around. Water bear isn't the only name for the tardigrade, however. It is also known as the "moss piglet". #2018MMM