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ANIMAL TRACKER

Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Aug 26, 2004
Brown-lined puffer
* Japanese name: Kitamakura * Scientific name: Canthigaster rivulata * Description: Puffer fish have plump bodies and thick, smooth skin interrupted by large bulging eyes. In many parts of Japan, puffer fish are called fugu, which is written using Chinese characters that mean "river pig." In western...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Aug 12, 2004
Black-eared kite Tobi
* Japanese name: Tobi * Scientific name:Milvus lineatus * Description: Kites are large raptors, birds of prey with a noticeably forked tail. The black-eared kite has dark brown plumage (darker than the plumage of its close relative, the red kite), and black feathers over its ears. They have large wings...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Jul 22, 2004
Carrion crow
* Japanese name: Hashibosogarasu * Scientific name: Corvus corone * Description: Crows are large birds, growing up to 50 cm long with a wingspan of 104 cm. They have entirely black plumage and black eyes. Two species are common in Japan, the carrion crow and the jungle crow, and it's difficult to tell...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Jul 8, 2004
Little egret
* Japanese name: Kosagi * Scientific name: Egretta garzetta * Description: The Little Egret is a bird related to the heron, with snow-white plumage, a long, pointed black bill and black legs with bright yellow feet. Its body is 50-60 cm long. In the breeding season in summer, the feet turn bright red,...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Jun 24, 2004
Japanese cormorant
* Japanese name: Umiu * Scientific name:Phalacrocorax capillatus * Description: Cormorants are striking, almost reptilian looking seabirds with long necks and bills. They are often seen standing on rocks with their wings held out to dry, their black feathers like the cloak of a witch or scarecrow. This...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Jun 10, 2004
Snout butterfly
* Japanese name: Tengucho * Scientific name: Libythea celtis * Description: This butterfly with a wingspan of 19-29 mm is easily recognized: The upper sides of the wings are brown with large bright-orange and smaller white patches. The back edges of the forewing are deeply toothed. The Japanese name...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
May 27, 2004
Wood-boring beetle
* Japanese name: Ubatamamushi * Scientific name: Chalcophora japonica * Description: This beetle belongs to a group called the Buprestids. They are bullet-shaped and are often metallic-colored, though this species has brown and black stripes running the length of the body, which is flecked with gold....
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
May 13, 2004
Mudskipper
* Japanese name: Tobihaze * Scientific name:Periophthalmus sp. * Description: Mudskippers are fish with eyes on the top of the head (not at the sides like in most other fish) and with front (pectoral) fins that are more like legs than fins. They are olive-brown in color, have sharp teeth and large mouths,...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Apr 22, 2004
Amago salmon
* Japanese name: Amago * Scientific name:Oncorhynchus masou ishikawa * Description:Salmon are handsome fish with streamlined silver bodies. The scientific name means "hooked nose," and you will understand why if you see one. There are seven species of Pacific salmon, two of which occur in Asia. In Japan...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Apr 8, 2004
Cuttlefish
* Japanese name: Kouika * Scientific name:Sepia esculenta * Description:Cuttlefish are marine animals in the same group as octopus and squid (cephalopods). They are soft-bodied but have a "bone" (actually an internal shell), which supports the mantle (body) and acts as a buoyancy regulator. Lying underneath...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Apr 1, 2004
Water demon
* Japanese name: Kappa * Scientific name:Suijin kappensis * Description: Some sources claim that kappa are primates, but in fact they are the only known examples of an order of primitive mammals related to the duck-billed platypus. Remarkably for a mammal, kappas are bipedal. They have a curved duck's...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Mar 25, 2004
Bell cricket
* Japanese name: Suzumushi * Scientific name:Homoeogryllus japonicus * Description: The bell cricket is a 2-cm-long insect in a family called Phalangopsidae. It's a small, not particularly attractive cricket, but it is very well known -- and loved -- in Japan for its song. It has a dark body and long,...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Mar 11, 2004
River shrew
* Japanese name: Nihon kawanezumi * Scientific name:Chimarrogale platycephala * Description: Shrews are small mammals and are thought to be similar to the first mammals that evolved. Fur is dark gray-brown with a white-gray underside; the hindquarters are fringed with silvery hairs. They have small...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Feb 26, 2004
Pond turtle
* Japanese name: Ishigame * Scientific name:Mauremys japonica * Description:Also known as the stone turtle, the pond turtle is semiaquatic and a strong swimmer. It has a yellowish-brown carapace (shell) and an olive-brown head. Females are bigger than males, growing up to 21 cm long (carapace length),...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Feb 12, 2004
Mourning gecko
* Japanese name: Ogasawara yamori * Scientific name: Lepidodactylus lugubris
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Jan 22, 2004
Hybrid monkey
* Japanese name: Nihon zaru * Scientific name: Macaca fuscata/cyclopis * Description: Macaques have thick fur everywhere apart from their characteristic bare red face. The Japanese macaque, Macaca fuscata, is the only native species of (nonhuman) primate in Japan. There is another primate species living...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Jan 15, 2004
Jelly blob
* Japanese name: Oomari-kokemush * Scientific name:Pectinatella magnifica * Description:The common name says it all. This organism looks like nothing so much as a quivering lump of jelly. It is often mistaken for the egg mass of some animal, but in fact the blob is itself a colony of tiny animals. They...
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Dec 25, 2003
Anchor worm
* Japanese name: Ikarimushi * Scientific name: Lernaea cyprinacea * Description: The anchor worm is a small parasite (1-1.5 cm long) that lives in the muscles of freshwater fishes. The female anchor worm has a tubular body divided into a cephalothorax, thoracic region and abdomen. However, you're unlikely...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Dec 11, 2003
Writing spider
* Japanese name: Koganegumi * Scientific name:Argiope amoena * Description: Writing spiders, also known as yellow garden spiders, have an egg-shaped abdomen with yellow or orange markings on a black background. The legs have red or yellow sections. While insect bodies are generally comprised of three...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / ANIMAL TRACKER
Nov 27, 2003
Feral goat
* Japanese name: Yagi * Scientific name:Capra hircus * Description: Feal goats are smaller and stockier than their domesticated relatives. Males (billies) weigh 30 to 45 kg, females (nannies) 25 to 35 kg; they are 60 to 70 cm high. The color varies from white to dark brown, black or gray, and while...

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