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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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Monday, September 09, 2013

CARL MARSHALL: The latest news from Stratford

These recently in:

We have recently been donated two beautiful juvenile veiled chameleons Chamaeleo calyptratus by a local breeder, we have named these fascinating lizards Micky and Mallory. They are now settling in well in our reptile section and are feeding gluttonously on small locusts and flies.

We have had an emergence of humming bird hawk-moths Macroglossum stellatarum that can now be found (with some patience) fluttering around the flight area. These magnificent moths can be seen emerging from pupae or free flying - definitely of interest to the Lepidopterist!  

Last Tuesday (Aug 20th) FYFFES plc - Coventry ripening site, brought in another deadly wandering spider Phoneutria sp. Soon we are planning a trip to the site to investigate how this deadly genus survives so regularly while other so called "banana spiders" are often killed by the pesticides used there. We shall also collect any species we find - encountered species also usually include Widow spiders Latrodectus mactans., Huntsman spiders Heteropoda sp., Cuban tree frogs Osteopilus septentrionalis and many centipede species (class Chilopoda). Unfortunately, as can be seen in the illustration, this most recent Phoneutria has lost one of its rear limbs in transit but, like other inverts, can luckily renew the lost limb after a few successful moults.  






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