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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Saturday, August 31, 2013

South American Journal of Herpetology 8(1)

South American Journal of Herpetology 8(1)
b2ap3_thumbnail_SZJH8-1.jpgAlencar, Laura Rodrigues Vieira de, Marilia P. Gaiarsa and Marcio Martins. 2013. The evolution of diet and microhabitat use in Pseudoboine snakes. South American Journal of Herpetology. 8 (1): 60-66. [ alencarlrv@gmail.com]
Forlani, Mauricio C., Caio Vinicius de Mira Mendes, Iuri Ribeiro Dias, Danilo Silva Ruas, João Filipe Riva Tonini and Rafael O. de Sa. 2013. The advertisement calls and distribution of two sympatric species of Chiasmocleis (Mehely 1904) (Anura, Microhylidae, Gastrophryninae) from the Atlantic Forest. South American Journal of Herpetology. 8 (1): 46-51. [ mcforlani@gmail.com]
Jimenez-Rivillas, Carlos, Laura M. Vargas, Jose M. Fang, Juliana Di Filippo and Juan M. Daza. 2013. Advertisement call of Diasporus anthrax (Lynch, 2001) (Anura: Eleuthrodactylidae) with comparisons to calls from congeneric species. South American Journal of Herpetology. 8 (1): 1-4. [ jumadaza@gmail.com]
Kok, Philippe J. R., bert Willaert and D. Bruce Means. 2013. A new diagnosis and description of Anomaloglossus roraima (La Marca, 1998) (Anura: Aromobatidae: Anomaloglossinae), with description of its tadpole and call. South American Journal of Herpetology. 8 (1): 29-45. [ philippe.kok@naturalsciences.be]
McComb Pinto, Rebeca, Sarah Sampaio Py-Daniel and Marcelo Menin. 2013. Redescription of the tadpole of Phyllomedusa bicolor (Anura: Hylidae) from Central America. South American Journal of Herpetology. 8 (1): 67-72. [ menin@ufam.edu.br]
Noss, A. J., R. R. Montaño F., F. Soria, S. L. Deem, C. V. Fiorello and L. A. Fitzgerald. 2013. Chelonoidis carbonaria (Testudines: Testudinidae) activity patterns and burrow use in the Bolivian Chaco. South American Journal of Herpetology. 8 (1): 19-28. [ anoss@ufl.edu]
Rivas, Gilson A., Gabriel N. Ugueto, Walter E. Schargel, Tito R. Barros, Pablo Velozo and Luz Esther Sanchez. 2013. A distinctive new species of Gonatodes (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae) from Isla La Blanquilla, Venezuela, with remarks on the distribution of some other Caribbean Sphaerodactylid lizards. South American Journal of Herpetology. 8 (1): 5-18. Gonatodes naufragus sp. nov. [ anolis30@hotmail.com]
Tarano, Zaida and Eloisa Fuenmayor. 2013. Mate choice based on acoustic features in Johnstone's Whistling Frog Eleutherodactylus johnstonei: An experimental approach. South American Journal of Herpetology. 8 (1): 52-59. [ zaida.tarano@ciens.ucv.ve]

Courtesy HerpDigest and ZenScientist

DALE DRINNON: Not the Lake Superior Monster, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

Owing to the lateness of the hour yesterday, some of the blogs were finished but could not be announced in time for the new schedule. They shall be announced now instead.


The New Jersey man who is fighting to regain custody of his young children--one of whom he named Adolf Hitler Campbell--showed up today for a Family Court hearing wearing a full Nazi uniform and a Hitler mustache.
Heath Campbell, founder of the Hitler’s Order hate group, appeared this morning at a Flemington, New Jersey courthouse for a closed hearing on his request for visitation with his youngest child, a two-year-old boy.


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.


I couldn't sleep properly last night. The wife of a very dear friend of mine is in hospital. I have only met her the once but she touched my heart and I hope that it doesn't sound too horribly new age of me, but I feel their pain. So I sat up late, when I couldn't sleep tried a quarter bottle of Happy Shopper brandy (a birthday present from Emily) as a tranquiliser, and as a consequence I overslept this morning. I was woken up by the sound of our own little pack of Canis lupus familiaris charging downstairs to greet the postman (Prudence adores him, Archie wants to rend him limb from limb). He was only delivering a new garden hose, which seems a little anti-climactic after all the sound and fury. So I was in a fractious and grumpy mood this morning. Then I watched Galen Ayers's eulogy for her father Kevin, and found it so touching that I was moved to tears. It is on the Gonzo blog this morning - check it out. You won't be sorry.
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
Gig review: HAWKWIND, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, 24 August 2013
OFF TOPIC: For those of you who wondered what I have been up to for the past few days
John Etheridge is interviewed by Gordon Giltrap about his life as a guitarist
Kevin Ayers, Eulogy by Galen Ayers, Sa Fonda, Deià 16th August 2013

*  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:

* 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?

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1997 Princess Diana died in a car accident, brought on by a combination of a sloshed driver and idiot paparazzi practically ramming her car with their bikes to get a photograph of her sitting down in a car. Depending on whether or not you read the Torygraph you might believe that this was the culmination of a vast conspiracy to murder the princess but lets be honest; if the British establishment were able to pull something like that off, or would actually want to, they'd have done it long before all the skeletons in her closet had already come out.

And now the news:

  • Four mammal species identified in India tiger rese...
  • Earth life 'may have come from Mars'
  • One million cockroaches on the loose after breakin...
  • Giant tarantula the size of man’s hand ‘on the loo...
  • Bloodworms in Drinking Water: Are They Safe?
  • Monster croc captured in north Qld
  • Fox found tied up and gagged with a copper pipe in...
  • World gets its first look at Australia Zoo's newbo...

  • At Diana's funeral Elton John, who had been one of her friends, gave his most emotional performance: