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, May 18, 2011

Herpetological Conservation and Biology New Issue Announcement & Bibliography

Herpetological Conservation and Biology New Issue Announcement & Bibliography

Volume 6, Issue 1, April 2011

The Editorial Staff at Herpetological Conservation and Biology is pleased to announce the release of the latest issue, Volume 6(1). Our redesigned website has many enhanced features. We encourage you to investigate the new website and join our mailing list or our growing community on Facebook. Signing up will ensure you receive the latest news and updates about Herpetological Conservation and Biology!

The content of Volume 6(1) includes a "HerpSpectives" article, and also a section devoted to Techniques. All of our issues are open-access and freely available to anyone interested. The Governing Board extends its sincerest thanks to authors and readers alike; our success is only made possible by your continued support.


Rob Lovich, PhD.
Communications Editor
Herpetological Conservation and Biology

On the Threat to Snakes of Mesh Deployed For Erosion Control and Wildlife Exclusion.
Joshua M. Kapfer and Rori A. Paloski

Research Articles
Cnemidophorus lemiscatus (Squamata: Teiidae) on Cayo Cochino Pequeno, Honduras: Extent of Island Occupancy, Natural History, and Conservation Status.
Chad E. Montgomery, Scott M. Boback, Stephen E.W. Green, Mark A. Paulissen, and James M. Walker

Effects of Temperature and Temporal Factors on Anuran Detection Probabilities at Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts, USA: Implications for Long-term Monitoring.
Robert P. Cook, Todd A. Tupper, Peter W.C. Paton, and Brad C. Timm

Population Densities, Activity, Microhabitats, and Thermal Biology of a Unique Crevice- and Litter-dwelling Assemblage of Reptiles on Union Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Ehren J. Bentz, Mel José Rivera Rodríguez, Rebecca R. John, Robert W. Henderson, and Robert Powell

Turtle Populations at a Heavily Used Recreational Site: Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Columbia County, Florida.

Kenneth J. Chapin and Peter A. Meylan

Sonoran Desert Snake Communities at Two Sites: Concordance and Effects of Increased Road Traffic.
Thomas R. Jones, Randall D. Babb, Frank R. Hensley, Christine LiWanPo, and Brian K. Sullivan

The Potential Demise of a Population of Adders (Vipera berus) in Smygehuk, Sweden.
Thomas Madsen and Beata Ujvari

Predicting Lizard Gender: Sexual Dimorphism in Calotes rouxii (Reptilia: Agamidae) from Agumbe, Karnataka, India.
Rachakonda Sreekar, Katya Saini, Shyam N. Rao, and Chetana B. Purushotham

A Power Analysis for the Use of Counts in Egg Masses to Monitor Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) Populations.
Rick D. Scherer and Jeff A. Tracey

Biases in the Protection of Peripheral Anuran Populations in the United States.
Ryan P. O'Donnell and Andrew P. Rayburn

Assessment of the Vulnerability of the Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) to the Amphibian Chytrid Fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis).
Gretchen E. Padgett-Flohr and Marc P. Hayes

Herpetofaunal Endemism and Diversity in Tropical Forests of Mt. Hamiguitan in the Philippines.
Richel E. Relox, Emmanuel P. Leańo, and Fritzie B. Ates-Camino

Herpetological Surveys of Forest Fragments Between Montagne d'Ambre National Park and Ankarana Special Reserve, Northern Madagascar.
Louise Durkin, Mark D. Steer, and Elise M.S. Belle

Herpetofauna of the Cedar Glades and Associated Habitats of the Inner Central Basin of Middle Tennessee.
Matthew L. Niemiller, R. Graham Reynolds, Brad M. Glorioso, Jeremy Spiess, and Brian T. Miller


A Backpack Method for Attaching GPS Transmitters to Bluetongue Lizards (Tiliqua, Scincidae).
Samantha J. Price-Rees and Richard Shine

The Development of a Cost Effective Method for Measuring the Variation of Area in Contrasting Scute Pigmentation in Chelonians.
Ryan C.J. Walker

Evaluating a Novel Technique for Individual Identification of Anuran Tadpoles Using Coded Wire Tags.
Ryan A. Martin

ROBERT SCHNECK: Not Every Cat Has A Genius But Every Genius Has A Cat

'Writers and Kitties' is an emetic title for this otherwise wonderful online collection of photographs showing cats with writers. There are the obvious choices like Twain and Huxley, but also Fortean favorites like Philip K. Dick and Ray Bradbury. H.P. Lovecraft is shown here holding a fairly eldritch specimen.

WW2011: Davey Curtis writes

Dear Jon,

to quote you:

'Sadly, Alan Murdie has had to pull out because the WW clashes with another conference he is attending... in Brazil. That's a pretty good excuse, I think. We have also lost Paul Vella because of a conflict with a family occasion.'

But fear not old chum!

You still have us! With our felt-tip pens, poster paints, plaster of Paris and Papier-mâché Clan Curtis in the Crafty Kids Corner will save the day. Plus, last year a young lady (all of 7 years of age) gave me a brief but informative Celtic/Welsh history lesson followed by a persuasive argument on the origin of the British/Germanic language whilst colouring in a wind chime assembled from a kit by herself shortly after her pop & crisps break. Good Gad! See what you lot are missing in the main auditorium!

Onwards & Upwards

Davey C & RC & JC

HAUNTED SKIES: Maude's birthday and a miscellany of UFO clippings


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1780 it was a dark day for New England...literally. A combination of pollution and storm clouds plunged the area into total darkness at around 10.30am, completely blocking out all light.

DALE DRINNON: More Possible Pterosaurs From New Guinea


DALE DRINNON: PNW Giant Salamander