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, August 28, 2013


Russian Journal of Herpetology 20(1) & 20(2)

b2ap3_thumbnail_RJH21-1.jpgAengals, R. and S. R. Ganesh. 2013. Rhinophis goweri - A new species of Shieldtail Snake from the southern Eastern Ghats, India. Russian Journal of Herpetology. 20 (1): 61-65. [ snakeranglerr@gmail.com]
Akef, Mamdouh S. A. 2013. Female reproductive cycle of the Green Toad (Bufo boulengeri) from Northwestern Egypt. Russian Journal of Herpetology. 20 (2): 97-104. [ mamdouh_330@yahoo.com]
Amr, Zuhair S. 2013. Reptiles on postage stamps in Arabian countries in western Asia and North Africa. Russian Journal of Herpetology. 20 (1): 27-32. [ amrz@just.edu.jo]
Böhme, Wolfgang, Timo Hartmann, Jürgen Fleck and Thomas Schöttler. 2013. Miscellaneous notes on Oriental Fire Salamanders (Salamandra infraimmaculata Martens, 185) (Lissamphibia: Urodela: Salamandridae). Russian Journal of Herpetology. 20 (1): 66-72. [ w.boehme.zfmk@uni-bonn.de]
Farhad, Alipoor and Wankhade Varsha. 2013. The snake fauna of Mulshi Taluka, Pune District, India. Russian Journal of Herpetology. 20 (1): 16-18. [ Farhad.alipoor@yahoo.com]
Ganesh, S. R. and S. R. Chandramouli. 2013. Identification of two similar Indian Agamid lizards Calotes nemoricola Jerdon, 1853 and C. grandisquamis Günther, 1875. Russian Journal of Herpetology. 20 (1): 33-35. [ snakeranglerr@gmail.com]
Karunarathna, D. M. S. Suranjan and A. A. Thasun Amarasinghe. 2013. Behavioral ecology and microhabitat use by Lyriocephalus scutatus (Linnaeus, 1758): A monotypic genus in Sri Lanka (Reptilia: Agamidae: Draconinae) with notes on the taxonomy. Russian Journal of Herpetology. 20 (1): 1-15. [ dmsameera@gmail.com]
Kropachev, Ivan I., Alexey A. Evsyunin and Nickolai L. Orlov. 2013. Extended description and comparative analysis of tadpoles of Theloderma bicolor (Bourret, 1937) and Theloderma corticale (Boulenger, 1903) (Anura: Rhacophoridae: Rhacophorinae) from Vietnam. Russian Journal of Herpetology. 20 (1): 56-60. [ azemiops@zin.ru]
Litvinchuk, S. N., V. N. Kuranova, V. I. Kazakov and N. A. Schepina. 2013. A northernmost record of the Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) in the Baikal Lake Region, Siberia. Russian Journal of Herpetology. 20 (1): 43-50. [ slitvinchuk@yahoo.com]
Lopatin, A. V., F. Ya. Dzerzhinsky, M. A. Shishkin, N. V. Zelenkov, E. I. Vorobyeva and V. B. Sukhanov. 2013. Obituary: Academician Leonid Petrovich Tatarinov (1926-2011). Russian Journal of Herpetology. 20 (2): 163-164.
Mahroo, Barbod Safaei, Hanyeh Ghaffari, Alireza Shahrdari Panah, Hadi Fahimi, Alireza Naderi and Siamak Bromand. 2013. New geographic distribution records of Zarudny's Bent-toed Gecko, Mediodactylus russowii zarudnyi Nikolsky, 1899 (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Iran. Russian Journal of Herpetology. 20 (1): 73-78. [ ghaffari.hanyeh@gmail.com]
Melnikov, Daniel A., Natalia B. Ananjeva and Theodore J. Papenfuss. 2013. A new species of Pseudotrapelus (Agamidae, Sauria) from Nizwa, Oman. Russian Journal of Herpetology. 20 (1): 79-84. [ azemiops@zin.ru]
Nazarov, Roman, Daniel A. Melnikov and Ekaterina Melnikova. 2013. Three new species of Ptyodactylus (Reptilia; Squamata; Phyllodactylidae) from the Middle East. Russian Journal of Herpetology. 20 (2): 147-162. [ r_nazarov@mail.ru]
Orlov, Nickolai L., Sergei A. Ryabov and Tao Thien Nguyen. 2013. On the taxonomy and distribution of snakes of the genus Azemiops Boulenger, 1888: Descriptyion of a new species. Russian Journal of Herpetology. 20 (2): 110-128. [ azemiops@zin.ru]
Rastegar-Pouyani, Eskandar, Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani, Seyyed Saeed Hosseinian Yousefkhani and Mohammad Arab. 2013. Rediscovery of Darevskia steineri (Eiselt, 1995) (Sauria: Lacertidae) from Iran. Russian Journal of Herpetology. 20 (1): 36-38. [ nasrullah.r@gmail.com]
Rastegar-Pouyani, Nasrullah, Mohsen Takesh, Akbar Fattahi and Robert Browne. 2013. Sexual size dimorphism in the Yellow-spotted Newt, Neurergus mircospilotus Nesterov, 1916 (Caudata: Salamandridae), from Kermanshah Province, Western Iran. Russian Journal of Herpetology. 20 (1): 51-55. [ nasrullah.r@gmail.com]
Sönmez, Bektas and Sükran Yalçin Özdilek. 2013. Conservation technique of the Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas L. 1758) nests under the risk of tidal inundation with hatcheries, in Samandag Beach, Turkey. Russian Journal of Herpetology. 20 (1): 19-26. [ bektass@gmail.com]
Tuniyev, S. B., Nickolai L. Orlov, B. S. Tuniyev and A. A. Kidov. 2013. On the taxonomical status of Steppe Viper from foothills of the south macroslope of the East Caucasus. Russian Journal of Herpetology. 20 (2): 129-146. [ tuniev1@mail.ru]
Uteshev, Viktor K., N. V. Shishova, S. A. Kaurova, A. A. Manokhin and E. N. Gakhova. 2013. Collection and cryopreservation of hormonally induced sperm of Pool Frog (Pelophylax lessonae). Russian Journal of Herpetology. 20 (2): 105-109. [ gakhova@gmail.com]
Vassilieva, Anna B. and Irina A. Serbinova. 2013. Bony skeleton in the Caucasian Salamander, Mertensiella caucasica (Urodela: Salamandridae): ontogeny and embryonization effect. Russian Journal of Herpetology. 20 (2): 85-96. [ vassil.anna@gmail.com]
Vyas, Raju. 2013. Notes and comments on distribution of a snake: Indian Egg Eater (Elachistodon westermanni). Russian Journal of Herpetology. 20 (1): 39-42. [ razoovyas@hotmail.com]

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In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out-of-place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in. So after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo Corinna took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.

DALE DRINNON: Himalayan mystery, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs, Cedar & Willow

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:


The kids (Jessica and Matthew) were with us yesterday, and they both worked extremely hard. My office looks tidier than it has since before the WW, and the garden is actually looking the way I would have wanted it to look, which makes a nice change. In the evening Corinna and I drove them back to Helen's (Jessica's mama) house, where - for some unknown reason - a discussion about the badger cull took place. I am nailing my colours to the mast here. If the cull does start in Devon, I shall do everything in my power to stop, or at least disrupt it.  I have never argued that the cull wasn't the most efficient way of dealing with the situation, although there are many people who will argue that it is just a waste of time, money, and resources. But it is neither a humane or an ethical solution. There is something particularly grotesque about these latest abominations. This government MUST be stopped.

Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.

Today's Track of the Day is by Karnataka

Grace Slick: Welcome To Wonderland

Cruise to the Edge

OFF TOPIC: Steve Ignorant and the Lifeboats

Daevid Allen, James Harrar-Rogier Smal, and Marshall Allen: I am an old man

*  The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at  jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...
*  The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html

* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!
*  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 54 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange) puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish, and sometimes a small Indian frog. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?



1. Haunted Skies Volume One by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (7)
2=. Haunted Skies Volume Two by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (7)
2=. Mysterious Creatures Vol 1 by George Eberhart (-)
4=. The Mystery Animals of the British Isles: Staffordshire by Nick Redfern and Glen Vaudrey (-)
4=. The Universe next Door by Judge Smith (-)
6. Quest for the Hexham Heads by Paul Screeton (-)
7. Dark Dorset by Mark North and Robert Newland (-)
8=. Haunted Skies Volume Three by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (7)
8=. Terror of the Tokoloshe by S. D Tucker (7)
10. When Bigfoot Attacks by Michael Newton (-)


1. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (3)

2=. Mysterious Creatures Vol 1 by George Eberhart (-)
2=. The Cryptid Creatures of Florida by Scott Marlowe (1)
4. Terror of the Tokoloshe by S. D Tucker (-)
5=. The Journal of Cryptozoology Volume One edited by Karl Shuker (5)
5=. When Bigfoot Attacks by Michael Newton (2)
7=. Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals on stamps by Karl Shuker (-)
7=. The Inhumanoids by Bart Nunnelly (5)
9=. The Mystery Animals of the British Isles: Staffordshire by Nick Redfern and Glen Vaudrey (-)
9=. Weird Waters by Lars Thomas (-)

Last month's positions in this pinky colour, which I think is called cerise. Sales have picked up a bit and I would like to say thank you for all the hard work Emsy has put in on the Facebook Group. Thank you honey.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1930 the actor Windsor Davies was born. Davies stared the sitcom “It ain't half hot, mum” (which contained early examples of what would become known as “colour blind casting” when it became trendy) and carry on films including the under-rated Carry On Behind.
And now the news:
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  • Boy dies of bubonic plague in Kyrgyzstan
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  • Boa Constrictor Seen Eating Howler Monkey in a Fir...
  • Sea otter return boosts ailing seagrass in Califor...
  • Scientists Analyze the Effects of Ocean Acidificat...
  • Mysterious Large Cat Stalks Detroit Neighborhood

  • He was also a singer: