Friday 15 April 2022

Anthropomorphic and Human BAR-FAUNA




























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Sunday 10 April 2022

Not before we need it: PLANET-SAVING VERSE #1


CURRENT CONTENTS:
Beach foam
'Clean' coal
Compostables
Coy koi (introduced species)
Drought
Enzootic ending
Fur-farming
Invasive species
(for continuation, see the link below)






Authors' Note: In the polarized United States, the term denier, sometimes specified as science denier or climate-change denier, is taken to mean a person who denies either the existence or human causation of global warming.
Another discussion of clean coal can be found in an OEDILF verse by contributing editor Dr. Work:

We are led to believe that clean coal
Should be sought as a practical goal:
To store carbon dioxide
Deep under the dockside
Or pumped very deep down a hole.








Authors' Note: The Amur carpCyprinus rubrofuscus, is a long-lived freshwater fish native to extensive areas of Eastern Asia. Centered in the Niigata prefecture of Japan, breeders have taken advantage since 1820 of genetic variability in the color of fish-scales to produce variants in a variety of remarkable decorative colors that may be further enhanced by selection and cross-breeding. Nishikigoi ('brocaded carp'), less formally referred to as koi ('carp'), have been recently pursued further as a hobby and as a commercial interest in various Asian countries.

On every continent, koi populations have 'escaped' and become established as invasive intruders in freshwater ponds and streams (where their color eventually reverts to that of undomesticated Amur carp). As koi characteristically alter the environment, increasing the turbidity of freshwater bodies, native species have been displaced.
You can watch the koi swimming when you view the verse on out "Daily " website.


Author's Note: Pretty much a true story. 




Authors' Note:  Having suffered the ravages of Covid-19, has humanity's ability to cope with outbreaks of infectious disease improved? Not too much. This pessimistic verse was written after seeing a TV documentary revealing updates on what we have learned about the potential threats of further epidemics. 






                                  
      
                     

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Tuesday 5 April 2022

Spineless Verse: OTHER INVERTEBRATES


Re Arthropods

We had hived off verses about INSECTS, the most prevalent spineless creatures, and that poetic endeavour is gathered in separate blogposts that you can get into HERESo, follow the links, and enjoy. 

But there were lots of leftover interactions with various other groups of arthropods that you can read about in today's post. As usual, the illustrative photos were taken, unless otherwise specified, on Giorgio's i-phone 7 camera. The verses and supportive notes are derived from poems submitted to and edited on the collaborative humour-dictionary site, the Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form. 


CURRENT CONTENTS:
Centipedes
California mussels
Dew worms
Gastropods (slugs and snails)
Chelipods
Ghost crabs
Endoparasites
Geohelminths














 
























 Authors' Note: The term parasite derives via Latin from an old Greek term meaning "one who dines at another's table". To clarify more fully the terse explanation in the verse, endoparasites, taking up residence inside their host, get their nutrients by passive absorption or by burrowing in the tissues of their host, which could be you! There are very few cases where they spontaneously leave to go to another restaurant. Fortunately, effective treatments have been developed for many of these types of infestation.





Authors' Note: Intestinal parasites belonging to the phylum Nematoda are transmitted primarily through contaminated soil; they include members of these worm-families that produce systemic human disease: roundworms, whipworms, hookworms. A related group, the threadworms, cause disease primarily among pets.


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