Diploria is a genus of massive reef building stony corals in the family Faviidae, commonly known as the brain corals. This species of reef-building coral has a hemispherical, brain-like shape with a brown, yellow, or gray colour. It has characteristic deep, interconnected double-valleys. These polyp-bearing valleys are each separated by grooved ambulacral ridges. There may be a difference in colour between the valleys and the grooves. During its planktonic larval stage, the coral has locomotion. After that time, it becomes permanently sessile. They usually feeds at night or when there is a current as the current brings in fresh water together with food in the forms of zooplankton. These are captured by the polyps, by extruding mesenterial filaments and tentaces. The polyps have nematocysts which are triggered to hold their prey immobile. The prey is then transported to the mouth with the assistance of mucus and cilia.
A Common Ribbonsnake eating a Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans), spotted along the boardwalk that goes through the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park. Related Resource: Green Frog http://www.virginiaherpetologicalsociety...
A Common Green Darner dragonfly perching in vegetation near the end of the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual is a young male, as indicated by its partially pruinose abdomen; as a mature adult, abdominal segments two through six will be bright blue. Dragonflies shelter in dense vegetation sometimes to avoid predators, including aggressive adult males of the same species.
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.