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, April 26, 2014

JOURNAL: Current Herpetology 33(1)

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Anonymous. 2014. Titles of papers presented in the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Herpetological Society of Japan (2-3 November 2013 at Tokai University, Sapporo Campus). Current Herpetology. 33 (1): 94-98.
Hamidy, Amir and Masafumi Matsui. 2014. A new species of Leptobrachium from the Kelabit Highland, northwestern Borneo (Anura, Megophryidae). Current Herpetology. 33 (1): 57-67. Leptobrachium kantonishikawai sp. nov. [ fumi@zoo.zool.kyoto-u.ac.jp]
Ihara, Sadao. 2014. Food habits of the adult Japanese Newt Cynops pyrrhogaster (Amphibia: Salamandridae) in the sub-alpine Yachidaira High Moor, East-central Honshu, Japan. Current Herpetology. 33 (1): 38-45. [ s-ihara@den.ohu-u.ac.jp]
Kawazu, Isao, Miwa Suzuki, Konomi Maeda, Masakatsu Kino, Masanori Koyago, Masaharu Moriyoahi, Ken Nakada and Yutaka Sawamukai. 2014. Ovulation induction with follicle-stimulating hormone administration in Hawksbill Turtles Eretmochelys imbricata. Current Herpetology. 33 (1): 88-93. [ i-kawazu@okichura.jp]
Kojima, Yosuke and Akira Mori. 2014. Home range and movements of Rhabdophis tigrinus in a mountain habitat of Kyoto, Japan. Current Herpetology. 33 (1): 8-20. [ y_cojima@ethol.zool.kyoto-u.ac.jp]
Kurabayashi, Atsushi, Ryosuke Kakehashi, Ichiro Tazawa, Yoshikazu Haramoto, Tomomi Oshima, Yuzuru Ito and Masayuki Sumida. 2014. Improved transport of the model amphibian, Xenopus tropicalis, and its viable temperature for transport. Current Herpetology. 33 (1): 75-87. [ kuraba@hiroshima-u.ac.jp]
Murakami, Arata, Masami Hasegawa and Takeo Kuriyama. 2014. Identification of juvenile color morphs for evaluating a heredity model of stripe/non-stripe pattern polymorphism in the Japanese Four-lined Snake Elaphe quadrivirgata. Current Herpetology. 33 (1): 68-74. [ kuriyama.takeo@gmail.com]
Nguyen, Tao Thien, Masafumi Matsui and Natsuhiko Yoshikawa. 2014. First record of the tree-frog genus Liuixalus from Vietnam with the description of a new species (Amphibia: Rhacophoridae). Current Herpetology. 33 (1): 29-37. Liuixalus catbaensis sp. nov. [ fumi@zoo.zool.kyoto-u.ac.jp]
Okamoto, Kei and Naoki Kamezaki. 2014. Morphological variation in Celonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758) from the coastal waters of Japan, with special reference to the turtles allied to Chelonia mydas agassizii Bocourt, 1868. Current Herpetology. 33 (1): 46-56. [ okamoto@umigame.org]
Saka, Masahiro, Noriko Tada and Yoichi Kamata. 2014. Time span of the subadult stage in female Reeves' Pond Turtles Mauremys reevesii (Reptilia: Geoemydidae). Current Herpetology. 33 (1): 21-28. [ m-saka66@pref.kyoto.lg.jp]
Takahashi, Akio, Ryo Fujii, Akira Nakachi and Hidetoshi OTA. 2014. The first prehistoric record of Mauremys mutica (Testudines: Geomydidae) from the Yaeyama Islands, Southern Ryukyus, Japan. Current Herpetology. 33 (1): 1-7. [ takahashi@zool.ous.ac.jp]


Charlotte and Graham make a waterfall


What has Corinna's column of fortean bird news got to do with Cryptozoology?

Well, everything actually!

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. 


The Gonzo Daily - Saturday
I had plans for today which involved the youngsters and the garden, but it is peeing down so that won't happen. However, yesterday Graham and Charlotte did a lovely job on the waterfall into the garden pond which I have been plotting for years, and I am very pleased with it. Corinna and I stayed up late last night and finished the new issue of Gonzo Weekly. All I have to do is the links, and two radio shows and it will be out. It is a particularly good one this week...
Gimme Five: Joey Molland and Tony Kaye remember Pete Ham, Tom Evans and Badfinger

The latest issue of Gonzo is out now. It features an exclusive interview with Billy Sherwood about his new solo album, the Prog Collective, and working on the new Yes album. It features exclusive pictures from the rehearsals for the Pink Fairies reunion shows, and episode one of an anarchic new radio show from Jaki Windmill and Tim Rundall and more news, reviews, views, interviews and black wallaroos (OK, no large wallabies of the species Macropus bernardus, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
These issues (and the current one) can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
To make sure that you don't miss your copy of future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe
The complete lineup in this issue is: Jaki Windmill, The Pink Fairies, Tim Rundall, Erik Norlander, Eric Burdon, Rocket Scientists, Michael Des Barres. Galahad, Billy Sherwood, Yes, Rick Wakeman, Geoff Downes, Chris Squire, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, UB40, Captain Underpants, The Who, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Robert Plant, Aretha Franklin, Jethro Tull,Wally Hope, Ashtoreth, TCH, Psychedelic Warlords, Dave Bainbridge,Jack Bruce, Steve Hackett, Valentina Blanca, The Dalai Lama, Black Snow, Shane Gibson, Jesse Winchester, Mick Abrahams, Clearlight, John Greaves, Alain Blessing, Hugh Hopper, Andy Colquhoun, Prog Collective, Clepsydra, The Deviants, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Captain Beefheart, George Harrison, The Beatles, Avatarium, Cold Cold Ground, Dawn of Tears, Unextraordinary gentlemen, Marillion, UK, PFM, Steve Hackett, Three Friends
*  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: www.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 an orange kitten named after a song by Frank Zappa 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 kitten?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1999 the T.V. Presenter Jill Dando was murdered. The Dando case is one of Britain's most high profile unsolved murders and has attracted conspiracy theories, even before it was revealed that the police had apparently just tried to fit up the local nutter, you can reed more about the case here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jill_Dando#Murder
And now the news:

  • New imaging system brings lobster-eye design down ...
  • China hopes to take rare animals off the menu with...
  • Spain: Endangered hamster-sized deer born in zoo
  • A shocking new report highlights depth of poaching...
  • Squirrel found 'nesting' on sheep in Suffolk
  • The water vole is heading back to Kielder
  • Two new river turtle species described

  • Australia's native wildlife under threat as land s...
  • The BBC reporting on the death of their Dando: