Subtropical

“Bubble Algae" or “Sailor’s Eyeballs, is a species of algae found in oceans throughout the world in tropical and subtropical regions. It is one of the largest single-celled organisms.  At full growth, a single unit can be as large as a tennis ball. 

Counter-/subtrope of humans are space orcs: aliens are space elves/fairies.
Tall, graceful creatures that somehow draw humans like flies. Short aliens that are well known for their advanced, almost magical technology that, by extension, is far more advanced than humans could have dreamed. Humanoid aliens with wings that ascribe to certain courts, behaviors, and technologies. Aliens who weave the planet’s flora and fauna into new living things.
This meme doesn’t really go over aliens much. Give me alien space elves.

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Plant of the Day
Thursday 20 July 2017

The dramatic leaf rosettes of Aeonium arboreum var atropurpureum (black tree Aeonium). These succulents are natives of Maderia, the Canary Islands and North Africa, and so need winter protection in the U.K. The architectural shape makes the plant excellent for container displays and exotic, subtropical borders.

Jill Raggett

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Cuban Land Snails Polymita picta

Polymita picta, common name the Cuban land snail or the painted snail, is a species of large, air-breathing land snail. Shells of Polymita picta can reach a length of about 20 millimeters (0.79 in). These large shells are shiny and very brightly colored. Normally they show a bright yellow color with a white stripe, but the species is well known for its colorful shell polymorphism, with numerous color varieties. These shells are sought after by poachers and used to make jewelry and trinkets. As a result, the species has become endangered.

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All you need to know about tvtropes is that it has a page called “Black Vikings” that is defined as, I quote, “Having a Token Minority in a historical setting where it doesn’t make sense” and “A subtrope of Politically Correct History” that not only had a Real Life section that mentioned that there were black vikings, but also it took them years to realize that allowing Real Life examples made no sense for the “point” they were trying to make.

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Kiwi

Kiwi or kiwis are flightless birds native to New Zealand. At around the size of a domestic chicken, kiwi are by far the smallest living ratites (which also consist of ostriches, emus, rheas, and cassowaries), and lay the largest egg in relation to their body size of any species of bird in the world. The kiwi is a national symbol of New Zealand, and the association is so strong that the term Kiwi is used internationally as the colloquial demonym for New Zealanders. There are five recognized species, two of which are currently endangered, another two of which are vulnerable, and one of which is near-threatened. All species have been negatively affected by historic deforestation but currently the remaining large areas of their forest habitat are well protected in reserves and national parks. At present, the greatest threat to their survival is predation by invasive mammalian predators.

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You know that trope on TVTropes called “and the fandom rejoiced,” when a creator does something they like or changes something or does something new to refuel nostalgia

There should be a subtrope, specifically for Butch Hartman works, called “and the fandom let out a long suffering sigh and there was a smattering of golf claps but with an overall feeling of ‘meh’”

I know, it’s a temp title

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Vitex agnus – castus (chaste tree)

This purple flower is known as the “chaste tree” and mainly grows in subtropical areas of the world. The plant is used as a herbal remedy for premenstrual stress syndrome (PMS) and Cyclical mastalgia (breast pain). Vitex agnus – castus can affect men by reducing their libido if an excessive amount is taken.

Tropical 🐚 Merfolk

Found making their homes along reefs and coastal areas along the equator. The most colorful of all merfolk, they have the most vibrant designs, patterns, fins, and hair. They embrace a diverse community and are known for their collective idea sharing.

They get the most eclectic range of food from all the merfolk across the seas who come to celebrate during the cooler seasons. Some even have a taste for land fruits and have incorporated these into their local dishes. They know how to party and have even been known to include a few drunk tourists in the fun.


~Merfolk Types~

{Tropical} {Subtropic} {Open Ocean} {Temperate} {Polar} {Deep Sea} {Freshwater}

Subtropic 🐬 Merfolk

Subtropic Merfolk live in the warmer seas with the largest and oldest cities located in the Mediterranean. They are the most “human looking” amongst their kind but still maintain mostly blue and green scaled tails that blend in with the beautiful blue waters they make their home in. Subtropic Cities are some of the most educated and have large libraries and records of merfolk culture. 

The original sirens, they interacted the most with ancient humans and shared a lot of knowledge but have since mandated laws against human interaction due to the high level of violence they experienced in the most recent centuries. Regardless, they remain some of the best linguists and polyglots of human language. 

~Merfolk Types~

{Tropical} {Subtropic} {Open Ocean} {Temperate} {Polar} {Deep Sea} {Freshwater}

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TESTUDINE TUESDAY

-Classification-

Common Name: Green Sea Turtle

Aliases: Green Turtle, Black Sea Turtle, Pacific Green Turtle

Scientific Name: Chelonia mydas


                                                   Kingdom: Animalia

                                                    Phylum: Chordata

                                                       Class: Reptilia

                                                     Order: Testudines

                                                  Suborder: Cryptodira

                                                  Clade: Americhelydia

                                                   Family: Cheloniidae

                                                      Genus: Chelonia

                                                     Species: C.mydas


-General Info-

Size: Adults can reach up to 5 feet long (1.5 meters).

Weight: Adults can weigh up to 150 - 419 pounds (68 - 190 kilograms).

Carapace Length (Shell): Adults on average have a shell length between 31 - 44 inches (78 - 112 centimeters).

Gender Differences: Males have a slightly longer tail and are overall larger than females in size. Males also have longer claws on their front flippers. However, both do have paddle-like flippers which aid in their swimming. 

Lifespan (Wild): Green Sea Turtles that reach maturity can live for roughly 80 years.

Diet: Juvenile Green Sea Turtles are initially carnivorous (diet consists mainly or exclusively of meat) eating things like mollusks (snails and clams), sponges, algae, and even fish eggs. As they’re maturing, they’ll incorporate plants into their diet and are considered omnivorous (diet consists of both meats and plants). Once they’re fully-grown adults, most of them are herbivores and have cut out meat in their diets due to their serrated jaw (saw-like) which helps them chew plant life like various sea grasses and algae.

Group: A group of Sea Turtles is called a bale.

                                          

-Habitat and Lifestyle-

Life Cycle: Almost everyone knows that Sea Turtles hatch from eggs that are laid on beaches in Southeast Asia, India, western Pacific islands, and Central America. One of the most dangerous events in a Sea Turtle’s life happens as soon as they hatch. As they attempt to flee into the ocean they may be attacked by predators like birds and crabs; a big percentage of hatchlings won’t make it to the water. Juveniles who did make it to the water spend anywhere from 3 - 5 years in the deep ocean. After their years of exploration, the juveniles will find shallow watered areas to call home for the rest of their days. Sadly, estimations say that only about 1% of Sea turtle hatchlings will make it to sexual maturity which occurs after about 20 - 50 years. Finally, once mating occurs the female will breach the ocean’s surface past the high tide line of the beach to lay her eggs. She then returns back to the sea. 

Breeding: Mating occurs every 2 - 4 years.

Gender Deciding Factors: Nests in areas above 30 degrees Celsius tend to favor female hatchlings whereas areas below 30 degrees Celsius tend to favor male hatchlings. Egg positioning also plays a role in whether a hatchling may be male or female. If the egg is more towards the center of the nest then it has a higher chance of resulting in a female hatchling due to the center being warmer.

Number of Eggs per Nest: Each nest will contain about 110 eggs.

Number of Nests per Season: On average, a female Sea Turtle can create 2 - 8 nests in a single season.

Habitats: Generally, Green Sea Turtles stay near island and continental coastlines. Depending on their stage in life, Green Sea Turtles can be found in many different types of environments. Younger juveniles can be found in the open ocean as they spend years swimming around before they settle down. Older juveniles and mature adults will find permanent residence in areas that are more shallow like coral reefs, seagrass beds near shore, and salt marshes. These areas are generally good spots for protecting the turtles. Globally, you can find Sea Turtles in warm tropical waters to subtropical waters. 

                  

-Role in the Ecosystem and Endangerment-

Ecosystem Roles: In the varying areas Sea Turtles can be found, they have a strikingly powerful role to play in each. For instance, on the beaches where their eggs lay cracked and empty, key nutrients are given to the ecosystem through the eggshells. For the turtles located in the seagrass beds, they feed on the seagrass and in doing so they improve the health and development of the seagrass; this in turn results in a suitable habitat and place for feeding for various species of fish and crustaceans (crabs, shrimp, barnacles, crayfish, etc). 

Conservation Status: Green Sea Turtles are listed as Endangered whereas some subpopulations in the Mediterranean are listed as Critically Endangered. Some human-caused threats include being hunted, poached, and having their eggs collected. Whereas accidental threats like boats, pollution, habitat destruction, and fishing nets are reducing the population as well. 

Freshwater 🌱 Merfolk

The ancestors of these merfolk risked the journey into the freshwaters. They now make their homes in the major rivers, lakes, and ponds of the world. Their appearance varies as much as the local fauna but they tend to be duller in coloration than their marine cousins.

 Freshwater Merfolk love the independence and solace that fresh water brings. Most build their own homes and are very friendly with the neighboring wildlife. They can make some of the best dishes from the wide array of plants and algae they are surrounded by, some have even been known to makes sturdy fabrics and bake their foods in the sun. Unfortunately due to recent droughts and pollution, many have been forced to abandon their homes and seek refuge along coastal areas.

~Merfolk Types~

{Tropical} {Subtropic} {Open Ocean} {Temperate} {Polar} {Deep Sea} {Freshwater}

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Did someone say SUPERBLOOM??

The gardens are going completely nuts right now.  So many blooms, so much color, so many scents. Stop by if you have a chance. We haven’t seen a bloom like this in years.

pictured:
Cassia, Subtropical Garden
Ranunculus, Shakespeare Garden
Cleistocactus parapetiensis, Desert Garden
Pericallis papyracea, Subtropical Garden
Streptosolen jamesonii, Jungle Garden
Schaueria calicotricha, Jungle Garden
Wisteria floribunda ‘Macrobotrys’, Japanese Garden
Chaenomeles ‘Nomura’, Chinese Garden
Justicia rizzinii, Jungle Garden
Ageratum ‘Blue Danube’, Shakespeare Garden

Open~Ocean 🌊 Merfolk

These seafolk are nomadic in nature with sleek silvery bodies that help them blend into the natural blue of the open seas. They usually live in small social groups but some couples travel together (some even go it alone). Most travel between ports, sharing food, news, knowledge, and goods. When making long treks, they visit communal algae farms that are discretely set up along the surface of the ocean.

  They are some of the strongest and fastest of all merfolk and have a stigma of being brutish amongst some social circles. Despite this, they are some of the world’s most accomplished astronomers and mapmakers, some are even working on how to recycle plastic from garbage patches collecting on the surface of major oceans.

~Merfolk Types~

{Tropical} {Subtropic} {Open Ocean} {Temperate} {Polar} {Deep Sea} {Freshwater}