The rare earless monitor lizard (Lanthanotus borneensis) has remained obscure since the last research was conducted on it in the 1960s. It lives underground and has adaptations such as a lack of external openings for its ears and small eyes and limbs. The animals are officially protected in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, and Malaysia,the countries that make up Borneo. But in the last 2 years, private collectors have begun selling specimens from the wild. TRAFFIC,a wildlife trade monitoring network that is a partnership of conservation organizations,found the animals being offered for sale online in Europe. The organization says many of the lizards are being collected from the wild and smuggled out of Borneo and that the trade should be made illegal under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. All other species of monitor lizard are protected by the convention.


Blue Glassy Tiger - Ideopsis vulgaris macrina

The commonly named Blue Glassy Tiger, Ideopsis vulgaris macrina (Nymphalidae), is one of the several subspecies described of this striking butterfly, which is common and widespread in South East Asia (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam).

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Photo credit: ©Troup Dresser | Locality: Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand (2013)


Royal birthdays for today, September 23rd:

Kublai Khan, Mongolian Emperor, 1215

Yolande of Valois, Duchess of Savoy, 1434

Eleonora Gonzaga, Holy Roman Empress, 1598

Ferdinand VI, King of Spain, 1713

Go-Sakuramachi, Empress of Japan, 1740

Marie Clotilde of France, Queen of Sardinia, 1759

Kokaku, Emperor of Japan, 1771

Juliane of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Russian Grand Duchess, 1781

Marie Elisabeth, Princess of Saxe-Meiningen, 1853

Omar Ali Saifuddien III, Sultan of Brunei, 1914

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The spotted-winged fruit bat (Balionycteris maculata) is a species of Pterpodidae inhabiting the rain forests and mangrove forests of Brunei and Malaysia. They are unusually small for their family— commonly called the “Megabats”— at only 5-7cm in length. They are so named for the pale spots on their wings which occur mostly on the finger joints, but do appear on the wing membranes and body, including two spots in front of the eyes and on the ears.

Spotted-wing fruit bats dwell in the understory where they feed on small fruits like figs and persimmon, but will occasionally take small invertebrates. During the day, they roost and forage alone at night. Males will visit their roosting sites several times within a single night, suggesting to scientists that they are territorial over these areas and that prime roosts give them access to more females who will visit multiple males when breeding. Uniquely, these roosting sites are often partially excavated by the bats in old ant and termite mounds, or in the roots of trees.


2NE1’s Crush Album enters the iTunes’ Worldwide Album Chart + Sweeps 7 countries!

2NE1’s second regular album “CRUSH” is creating a tremendous sensation for two days in a row, sweeping top places in music charts in and out of the country.

As of February 28 at 8am, 2NE1’s “COME BACK HOME” is ranked in the No.1 place on the real-time chart of Melon, Olleh Music, Bugs, Mnet, Soribada, Daum Music, and Genie, while “GOTTA BE YOU” is in the first place in the chart of Monkey3 and Naver Music. As such, 2NE1 is demonstrating an extraordinary popularity with their new songs placed in the No.1 place in total nine Korean music charts.

2NE1’s new album is also No.1 in the iTunes album chart of seven countries: Brunei, Finland, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Hong Kong.

Crush is released four years after their first regular album. Not only the title tracks but also all the songs in the new regular album were receiving rave reviews, as proven by nine of them still being ranked in top 10 places in real-time music charts.

2NE1’s new album is also recognized for a rediscovery of leader CL’s talent. CL composed and wrote the lyrics of total three songs, “CRUSH”, “GOTTA BE YOU”, and “BABY I MISS YOU” jointly with other producers and wrote the lyrics of her solo track “MTBD”. CL exerted her talent as a singer-songwriter by composing three songs and writing the lyrics of five songs among total 10 songs in the new album.

The songs that CL composed and wrote the lyrics for are enjoying a great popularity, which leads to recognition of CL’s big potential for further growth as a versatile artist.

Meanwhile, 2NE1 will disclose the performance of the songs in their second regular album for the first time, on the stage of the Seoul concert of their second world tour “ALL OR NOTHING”, which will be held on March 1 and 2 at Olympic Park SK Handball Hall located in Songpa-gu, Seoul. The off-line album will be released on March 7.

Source: Kworb; YG LIFE