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ANIMAL TRACKER

Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
May 10, 2006
Blue & white flycatcher
* Japanese name: Ooruri * Scientific name: Cyanoptila cyanomelana * Description: The blue and white flycatcher is a handsome migratory songbird, about 16-cm long, with a vivid, electric-blue cap, back, wings and tail. The breast is white and the face, eyes and bill are brown-black. At least, the males...
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ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Apr 26, 2006
Dark sleeper
* Japanese name: Donko * Scientific name: Odontobutis obscura * Description: The enigmatically named Dark sleeper is a perch-like fish in the order Perchiformes. Members of this, the largest order of vertebrates, include 40 percent of all fish. They are typically fat-lipped, grumpy-looking fish and...
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ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Apr 12, 2006
Peacock butterfly
* Japanese name: Kujaku-cho * Scientific name: Inachis io geisha * Description: Instantly recognizable, with its chocolate-brown body, striking red wings and eye spots, the peacock is in the Nymphalid family of butterflies. In members of this family, the front pair of legs are reduced and useless for...
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ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Mar 22, 2006
Black-spotted frog
* Japanese name: Tonosama-gaeru * Scientific name: Rana nigromaculata * Description: Males of this handsome frog grow to about 70-mm long, while females are slightly larger at 77 mm. They vary in color, from lime green to gray-brown, but they all have a pattern of black spots down the flanks of their...
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ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Mar 8, 2006
Japanese huchen
* Japanese name: Itou * Scientific name: Hucho perryi * Description: A huge fish, a member of the salmon family, the Japanese huchen grows up to 1 meter long. Also known as the Sakhalin taimen, it is Japan's largest freshwater fish. Its size alone is distinctive enough (folk stories tell of huchens...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Feb 22, 2006
Signal crayfish
* Japanese name: Uchida zarigani * Scientific name: Pacifastacus leniusculus * Description: Crayfish look like small lobsters. Despite their name, they are not fish, but freshwater crustaceans. They have a segmented body, up to 20-cm long, with 10 legs and a hard exoskeleton that they must molt as they...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Feb 8, 2006
Mud shrimp
* Japanese name: Ana-jako * Scientific name: Upogebia major * Description: Mud shrimps are 10-cm-long decapod crustaceans, which means they have 10 legs and a hard outer shell. They also have two pairs of antennae, of which one pair is very long. The animal is whitish in color, with large dark-brown...
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ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Jan 25, 2006
Great egret
* Japanese name: Daisagi * Scientific name: Egretta alba * Description: The great egret is the largest of the egrets in Japan. It is 80-100 cm tall, with a wingspan of 140-170 cm. The plumage is pure white; the legs, feet and bill are black. In flight, great egrets are languid, with slow and deep wingbeats,...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Jan 11, 2006
Smoky brown cockroach
* Japanese name: Kuro-gokiburi * Scientific name: Periplaneta * Description: The smoky brown is similar to the more common American cockroach, but at 3-3.5 cm long it is slightly smaller. It is a rich mahogany brown color, and the thorax is dark and shiny, which distinguishes it from the lighter thorax...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Dec 28, 2005
Ichimonji bitterling
* Japanese name: Ichimonji-tanago * Scientific name: Acheilognathus cyanostigma * Description: The bitterling is a small fish, growing to around 70 mm in length. Adults are fairly deep-bodied, with a similar body shape to goldfish. In the breeding season, males become much more brightly colored than...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Dec 14, 2005
Common Buzzard
* Japanese name: Nosuri * Scientific name: Buteo buteo * Description: Buzzards are fairly common raptors in Japan, where they are among the larger of the birds of prey, typically growing to between 51-57 cm in length with a 110-130-cm wingspan. They are chunky birds with broad, blunt-ended wings and...
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ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Nov 23, 2005
Rice fish
* Japanese name: Medaka * Scientific name: Oryzias latipes * Description: This ordinary-looking little creature is one of the most important fish in biological research. Growing just 5-8 cm long, in the wild it is pale brown dorsally and silver underneath and on the flanks. The dorsal fin has 5-6 rays;...
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ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Nov 9, 2005
Mystery snail Tanishi
* Japanese name: Tanishi * Scientific name: Cipangopaludina japonica * Description: A large snail, growing up to 60 mm long. It has two large "horns"; shell color is uniform, light to dark olive-green, but may have color bands. As in the photo, they are often muddy, and they are also known as mud snails. *...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Oct 26, 2005
Bagrid catfish
* Japanese name: Nekogigi * Scientific name: Pseudobagrus ichikawai * Description: Catfish have whiskers, making them easily recognizable. Of course, the whiskers are not made of hair, but they have the same function as a cat's whiskers: They are sensory organs, more correctly called barbels. The bagrid...
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ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Oct 12, 2005
Striped diving beetle
* Japanese name: Shima-gengorou * Scientific name: Hydaticus bowringii * Description: This beetle is small, some 15 mm long, but sturdy. Its elytra (wing cases) are black, with an almost lacquered quality. What makes this species unmistakable are the two golden stripes running down the length of each...
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ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Sep 21, 2005
Ayu sweetfish
* Japanese name: Ayu * Scientific name: Plecoglossus altivelis altivelis * Description: Ayu are as Japanese as cherry blossom. Small fish in the salmon family, they grow to about 20 cm long, sometimes reaching 30 cm. Ayu are celebrated as being, when skewered and grilled over a fire, one of the tastiest...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Sep 8, 2005
Eight-map butterfly
* Japanese name: Sakahachichou * Scientific name: Araschnia burejana strigosa * Description: These are feisty butterflies, with a wingspan of about 5 cm and sharp, erratic flight. In terms of coloration, red, orange and brown usually predominate. The forelegs are merely "brushes," and are not used...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Aug 25, 2005
River grasshopper
* Japanese name: Kawarabatta * Scientific name: Eusphingonotus japonicus * Description: This is a grasshopper with a mottled, stone-gray or brown body that is very difficult to spot. Males are between 25-30 mm long, females between 40-43 mm. The large hind legs (femurs) have a herring-bone pattern,...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Aug 11, 2005
Little grebe
* Japanese name: Kaitsuburi * Scientific name: Tachybaptus ruficollis * Description: Little grebes, also known as dabchicks, are quite small and rather dumpy birds with blunt rear ends. They are dark brown, with a chestnut-brown throat and face. This chestnut color becomes richer and more shiny during...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Jul 28, 2005
Oriental long-headed locust
* Japanese name: Shouryou-batta * Scientific name: Acrida cinerea antennata * Description: Although it is called the long-headed locust, this member of the grasshopper family of insects has a stranger appearance than the more familiar swarming locust. "Shouryou" refers (bafflingly) to the Buddhist...

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