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ANIMAL TRACKER

Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Mar 8, 2002
Badger
Japanese name: Nihon-anaguma Scientific name: Meles meles anakuma * Description: Badgers are stout, bearlike animals. Body length of males is 56-68 cm, females 52-59 cm. They have short limbs and tails, but the characteristic feature of badgers are the black stripes on the face. These usually run from...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Mar 1, 2002
Marsh crab
* Japanese name: Sawagani * Scientific name: Geothelphusa dehaani * Description: Crabs are decapods, which means "10 legs." Marsh crabs are usually red-and-cream colored, but may be found in other colors -- perhaps caused by mutations -- in different parts of the country. Crabs have exoskeletons like...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Feb 22, 2002
Silver water beetle
* Japanese name: Gamushi * Scientific name: Hydrophilus acuminatus * Description: Adapted for aquatic life, water beetles have streamlined bodies and heads. Despite this, they are not powerful swimmers, having normal legs that are not flattened like oars for swimming. Most of their lives are spent crawling...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Feb 15, 2002
Greater horseshoe bat
* Japanese name: Kikugashira-koumori * Scientific name: Rhinolophus ferrumequinum * Description: Quite a large bat, the greater horseshoe bat is a buff-brown color, body length 60-80 cm, wing length 60-65 cm. Its distinguishing feature, however, is the complex and grotesque horseshoe-shaped nose that...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Feb 8, 2002
Japanese hare
* Japanese name: Nihon-nousagi * Scientific name: Lepus brachyurus * Description: Hares are like rabbits, only bigger and faster, with longer legs and ears. In winter, their fur is thick and white (with black tips to the ears), but as the weather gets warmer, hares molt and grow a lightweight brown...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Feb 1, 2002
Japanese squirrel
* Japanese name: Nihon risu * Scientific name: Sciurus lis * Description: The Japanese squirrel is an arboreal species, which means it lives in trees. It has a long, bushy tail, large tufted ears and sharp claws. Its fur changes color according to the season. In summer, the fur is red-orange. In winter,...
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Jan 25, 2002
Serow
* Japanese name: Nihon kamoshika * Scientific name: Capricornis crispis * Description: Serows look like a cross between a goat and an antelope, with horizontal pupils and sharp, dagger-like horns. The ears are mule-like, narrow and tasseled, and are longer than the horns. Serows are the most primitive...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Jan 18, 2002
Great diving beetle
* Japanese name: Gengorou * Scientific name: Cybister japonicus * Description: This is a large, streamlined water beetle, highly adapted to an aquatic life. It is a powerful swimmer, with hind legs flattened like oars and fringed with long hairs. The body is green or black, with yellow-white bands running...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Jan 11, 2002
Northern fur seal
* Japanese name: Kita-ottosei * Scientific name: Callorhinus ursinus * Description: Fur seals have bodies streamlined for life in the sea. They have four limbs (unlike dolphins and whales, which have only two), but the arm and leg bones are relatively short and are contained within the body. The hand...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Jan 4, 2002
Horsefly
* Japanese name: Akaushiabu * Scientific name: Tabanus chrysurus * Decription: This is a stout-bodied insect with huge, iridescent compound eyes (the eyes touch in the center in males but are separated in females). They have one pair of wings and are strong fliers, able to cover long distances. The...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Dec 28, 2001
Native Horse
* Japanese name: Nihon zairaiba * Scientific name: Equus caballus * Description: Hoofed animal that bears its weight on its central third toe. Its family, called the perissodactyls, also includes tapirs and rhinos. The first horse ancestor was doggish and dog-sized, with four toes on the front foot....
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Dec 21, 2001
Ant spider
* Japanese name: Ari-gumo * Scientific name: Myrmarachne japonica * Description: This spider looks like an ant, but it is an arachnid, not an insect. You can tell because it has eight legs. The ant spider mimics ants, and sometimes flutters its forelegs like the antennae of ants, because it has no antennae...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Dec 14, 2001
Moon bear
* Japanese name: Nihon Tsukinowa-guma * Scientific name: Ursus thibetanus japonicus * Description: This is the largest animal in Japan, apart from the Hokkaido brown bear, 110-130 cm tall when standing upright. Also called the Asiatic bear or Japanese black bear, the moon bear gets its Japanese name...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Dec 7, 2001
Black mountain ant
* Japanese name:Kuroyama-ari * Scientific name:Formica japonica * Description: Like all ants, the black mountain ant has three clearly defined body parts: a capsulelike head with strong jaws; a thorax to which the three pairs of legs are joined; and an abdomen. There are also three different types,...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Nov 30, 2001
Tiger mosquito
* Japanese name: Hitosujishimaka * Scientific name: Aedes albopictus * Description: A small, soft-bodied insect, the tiger mosquito is instantly recognizable by the black-and-white bands on its legs, and the distinctive white "racing stripe" on its black thorax. The antennae are tufted and are shorter...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Nov 23, 2001
Forest cockroach
* Japanese name: Morichabane gokiburi * Scientific name: Blattella nipponica * Description: These sleek insects are 11-14 mm long, with two pairs of wings. Adults are brown, although when they change from a nymph into an adult, the body is white, as in the photo. During the transformation, the wings...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Nov 16, 2001
Stink bug
* Japanese name: Kusagikamemushi * Scientific name: Halyomorpha halys * Description: Most people call all insects "bugs," but strictly speaking, only one order of insect, those with piercing mouthparts, are true bugs -- the stink bug is one of them. It belongs to a family called shieldbugs, because...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Nov 9, 2001
Aphid
* Japanese name: Aburamushi * Scientific name: Aphididae * Description: Aphids are small, green insects that grow 1-6 mm long. They have soft, oval-shaped bodies, sometimes with wings and sometimes without. They have long, tubular mouths, like drinking straws. There are more than 600 species of aphid...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Nov 2, 2001
Asian ladybug
* Japanese Name: Namitento* Scientific name: Harmonia axyridis
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Oct 26, 2001
Lesser mole

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