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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Friday, April 17, 2015

WYRD: Reflektions in the media

In the North Devon Gazette
On The Radio



California Bigfoot Hiker Talks About The Forest Of Missing Children
Cal Hiker continues his webisode series, Searching for Bigfoot Sasquatch, and discusses the Forest of Missing Children, the Speedway Monster, local ...


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 - Friday/Saturday
Well, here we go. Tonight will be the first gig that I have played since May 2002 when I reconvened the Amphibians from Outer Space after a gap of eight years to do one final show at the Weird Weekend. Tonight I am doing a six song set (four of mine, a Frank Zappa song and a Velvet Underground song) at the Reflektions charity show in Barnstaple. It is at St Anne's Chapel in Paternoster Row and entrance is by donation. All profits go to The Small School in Hartland. Come along, it would be nice to see you...
The Gonzo Weekly #125
Mick Abrahams, Jethro Tull, Blodwyn Pig, Magma, Robin Trower, G.G.Allin and the Murder Junkies, Brian Wilson, Mark Ellen, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#125) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Mick Abrahams on the cover, and inside yours truly interviews the man himself about his extraordinary new album. Doug writes about Magma, Davey Curtis goes to see Robin Trower, and Jon critiques the new Brian Wilson album and the delightful autobiography of Mark Ellen. Neil Nixon reports on an even stranger album than usual, Wyrd goes avant garde, Xtul gets even more peculiar, and there are radio shows from Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the titular submarine dwellers are still lost at sea, although I have been assured that they will hit land again soon. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons trying to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials having difficulty in making choices, 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!!!
This issue features:
Frances Bean Cobain, B.B. King,Mick Jagger, Barry Manilow, Shaun Ryder, Bertrand Pourcheron, Joni Mitchell, Karnataka, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Bob Burns, James Best, John Shuttleworth, Hugh Hopper, Rocket Scientists, Tommy James, Birmingham Sunday, Inner City Unit, Mick Abrahams, OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding, Florence and the Machine, Brantley Gilbert,Mick Abrahams, Magma, Robin Trower, Hawkwind, Yes, Bill Bruford, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman, Toto, 4th Eden, Mark Ellen, Xtul, Beatles, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Wilson, Neil Nixon, G G Allin and the Murder Junkies, Vanir
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
All issues from #70 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. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
* 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/…/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit
* 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 55 who - together with an infantile orange cat 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 infantile orange cat?

JOURNAL: Acta Herpetologica 9(1)

Acta Herpetologica 9(1)
Posted by on in Journal Contents, Herpdigest reprint with Breck's Persmission
  • Budzik, Karolina A. and Krystian M. Budzik. 2014. A preliminary report of amphibian mortality patterns on railways. Acta Herpetologica. 9 (1): 103-107. [coffee8b@gmail.com]
  • Carisio, Loredana, Roberto Sacchi, Daniele Seglie and Roberto Sindaco. 2014. Habitat selection in the fossorial toad Pelobates fuscus insubricus (Amphibia: Pelobatidae): does the soil affect species occurrence? Acta Herpetologica. 9 (1): 51-59. [rsindaco@gmail.com]
  • Comas, Mar, Alexis Ribas, Concetta Milazzo, Emilio Sperone and Sandro Tripepi. 2014. High levels of prevalence related to age and body condition: host-parasite interactions in a water frogPelophylax kl. hispanicus. Acta Herpetologica. 9 (1): 25-31. [alexisribas@hotmail.com]
  • Damas-Moreira, Isabel, D. James Harris, Daniela Rosado, Isabel Tavares, João P. Maia, Daniele Salvi and Ana Perera. 2014. Consequences of haemogregarine infection on the escape distance in the lacertid lizard, Podarcis vaucheri. Acta Herpetologica. 9 (1): 119-123. [isabeldamas.m@gmail.com]
  • Denoël, Mathieu and Laurane Winandy. 2014. Fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra) in Larzac plateau: low occurrence, pond-breeding and cohabitation of larvae with paedomorphic palmate newts (Lissotriton helveticus). Acta Herpetologica. 9 (1): 43-49. [Mathieu.Denoel@ulg.ac.be]
  • Di Pietro, Diego O., Leandro Alcalde and Jorge D. Williams. 2014. New cranial characters in the tribe Hydropsini (Serpentes: Dipsadidae: Xenodontinae). Acta Herpetologica. 9 (1): 1-14. [dipietro@fcnym.unlp.edu.ar]
  • Escoriza, Daniel and Jihene Ben Hassine. 2014. Microclimatic variation in multiple Salamandra algira populations along an altitudinal gradient: phenology and reproductive strategies. Acta Herpetologica. 9 (1): 33-41. [daniel_escoriza@hotmail.com]
  • González, Exequiel, Guillermina Galvani, Eduardo Sanabria, Diego A. Barrasso, Leandro Alcalde and Lorena Quiroga. 2014. The tadpole of Odontophrynus barrioi Cei, Ruiz, and Beçak, 1982 (Anura: Odontophrynidae): a comparison with the other tadpoles of the genus. Acta Herpetologica. 9 (1): 15-23. [sanabria.eduardo@gmail.com]
  • Lanza, Benedetto and Donald G. Broadley. 2014. A review of the genus Gonionotophis in north-eastern Africa (Squamata: Lamprophiidae). Acta Herpetologica. 9 (1): 89-97.
  • Nakamura, Yasuyuki, Akio Takahashi and Hidetoshi Ota. 2014. A new, recently extinct subspecies of the Kuroiwa’s Leopard Gecko, Goniurosaurus kuroiwae (Squamata: Eublepharidae), from Yoronjima Island of the Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan. Acta Herpetologica. 9 (1): 61-73. Goniurosaurus kuroiwae yunnu subsp. nov. [ynaka.riukiaria@gmail.com]
  • Pinya, Samuel and Valentín Pérez-Mellado. 2014. Clutch size in wild populations of Alytes muletensis. Acta Herpetologica. 9 (1): 115-117. [sampinya22@gmail.com]
  • Salas, Nancy E., Julián A. Valetti, Pablo R. Grenat, Manuel A. Otero and Adolfo L. Martino. 2014. Meiotic behavior of two polyploid species of genus Pleurodema (Anura: Leiuperidae) from central Argentina. Acta Herpetologica. 9 (1): 109-113. [pgrenat@exa.unrc.edu.ar]
  • Salvidio, Sebastiano. 2014. Book review: Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica. Acta Herpetologica. 9 (1): 129. [salvidio@dipteris.unige.it]
  • Sanchez, Laura C., Rafael C. Lajmanovich, Paola M. Peltzer, Adriana S. Manzano, Celina M. Junges and Andrés M. Attademo. 2014. First evidence of the effects of agricultural activities on gonadal form and function in Rhinella fernandezae and Dendropsophus sanborni (Amphibia: Anura) from Entre Ríos Province, Argentina. Acta Herpetologica. 9 (1): 75-88. [lauracecilias@gmail.com]
  • Schalk, Christopher M. and Marco Sezano. 2014. Observations on the use of tarantula burrows by the anurans Leptodactylus bufonius (Leptodactylidae) and Rhinella major (Bufonidae) in the Dry Chaco ecoregion of Bolivia. Acta Herpetologica. 9 (1): 99-102. [cschalk@tamu.edu]
  • Stark, Tariq, Carlijn Laurijssens, Martijn Weterings, Annemarieke Spitzen-van der Sluijs, An Martel and Frank Pasmans. 2014. Death in the clouds: ranavirus associated mortality in assemblage of cloud forest amphibians in Nicaragua. Acta Herpetologica. 9 (1): 125-127. [tariqstark@hotmail.com]

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Friday/Saturday

ON THIS DAY IN 1521 - Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

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  • Holy Flying Fish! Why Jumping Asian Carp Bombard R...

  • International Fund for Animal Welfare supports end...

  • AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day)