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Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: WHAT WAS THIS MOTH DOING IN BRAZIL?

A friend gave me a box with this moth in it for Christmas, which she bought at her uncle`s antique-type shop in Macclesfield.

On top of the box is written in neat, Victorian-era-type black handwriting the words: OTHERIS SCHBELLUM BRASIL QUENSTA. CATERINA NOV in capitals, thus. When I typed in `OTHERIS SCHBELLUM BRASIL` into Google, I came up with nothing. When I typed in OTHERIS SCHBELLUM I came up with several hits, including one that clearly showed my specimen was long faded. The moth should have a lower wing consisting of a bright orange and black zig-zag stripe, and an upper wing of a dull brown. However, it originates from only one country: Ecuador.

However, there is a faint stripe on my moth that is slightly different in form from the BOLD Systems Taxonomy Browser website (1) image of this moth. This website shows a fairly clear diagonal line whereas my specimen`s line is not so straight. If anyone can enlighten us as to whether or not there is anything significant about these discrepancies please can they let me know?

GLOBAL TOP TEN FOR 2010 FROM CFZ PRESS AND FORTEAN WORDS

1. Monsters of Texas by Ken Gerhard and Nick Redfern
2. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman
3. UFO Down by Andy Roberts
4. Tetrapod Zoology Book One by Darren Naish
5. Haunted Skies Volume One by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway
6. Mystery Animals of The British Isles: Kent by Neil Arnold
7. Karl Shuker's Alien Zoo by Karl Shuker
8. Monster! by Neil Arnold
9. Extraordinary Animals Revisited by Karl Shuker
10. Mystery Animals of Ireland by Gary Cunniungham and Ronan Coghlan

NEW CATFISH

MAX IS APPEALING (APPARENTLY)

http://maxzoo.blogspot.com/2011/01/tan-10-appeal.html

MICK KARN IS DEAD AGED 52 - Not a nice start to the year



OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

On this day in 1412 Joan of Arc was born.
And now, the news:

Ancient Jamaican bird used wings to go clubbing (v...
The Egyptian Vulture – What’s going on in Africa?
Rare bay cat spotted in Pulong Tau national park
'Zombie ants' controlled by parasitic fungus for 4...
Family's zoo adventure makes big screen
First Arkansas, now dead birds fall out of the sky...
Goose's life saved with prosthetic beak
US sees massive drop in bumble bees: study

Men do you want a rugged manly beard but have the time to grow your facial fungus? Why not try a 'bee beard'? 'Bee beards' the next 'bee'-g thing!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63WEFcgQRt4

AND HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN?

Richard Freeman, one of my dearest friends and a collabarateur for fifteen years, was 40 yesterday. Enjoy it, mate! I cannot think of a picture that sums him up more than this 2002 publicity shot, which was taken for a spoof article in Tropical Fish magazine, but which the late and semi-lamented Simon W refused to use....

GET WELL SOON, MATE


Carl Portman is very ill. The thoughts and prayers of everyone here at the CFZ are with him.

KARL SHUKER: Steller's Sea Bear

http://karlshuker.blogspot.com/2011/01/stellers-sea-bear-polar-bear-in-japan.html