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Wildlife: Invertebrates, Reptiles, Amphibians

To some, species such as nudibranchs, sweat bees, tarantulas, and red-legged frogs are lumped into the great wide world of creepy-crawlies. But these underfoot and underwater animals can be surprisingly interesting, albeit sometimes obscure. The sense of wonder and curiosity that these species spark is a reminder of wildlife’s inherent value, no matter the size or number of legs.

What Is This Moth That’s Almost as Big as a Hummingbird?

October 10, 2017 by Tony Iwane

Moths often get sidelined as the country cousins of butterflies. But they have their own beauty and utility as some of the best pollinators around.

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Meet the Scientist Who Has Discovered More Than 1,000 Species of Sea Slug

July 31, 2017 by Eric Simons

Terry Gosliner, a curator at the California Academy of Sciences, looks through nudibranchs to see the world.

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Meet the Bay Area’s Migrating Dragonflies

June 28, 2017 by Claire Peaslee

Most of the things flying over your head aren't birds. Meet some of the large insects that propel themselves around the world and stop in Northern California.

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At a Snail’s Place: How the Range of a Common Sea Snail Explains the Underlying Logic of the Universe

April 19, 2017 by Eric Simons

The surprising, spiraling story of why sea snails live where they live.

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They Lowered the Level of San Mateo’s Marina Lagoon and Found … These Things

April 04, 2017 by John Muir Laws

Australian tube worms are now widespread in brackish waters of the San Francisco Bay.

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The Efficient Beauty of Starfish Larvae

April 03, 2017 by Emily Williams

A sea star baby creates complicated, beautiful water patterns -- and a team of Stanford scientists looks for an explanation.

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What’s That Sea Snail Doing in the Aquarium? (Working.)

March 20, 2017 by Eric Simons

If you look closely at the California Coast exhibit next time you visit the California Academy of Sciences, you'll see a bunch of small black sea snails. Are they there on purpose?

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El Niño’s Gone, But Some Unusual Southern Visitors Remain on the North Coast

March 17, 2017 by Mary Helen Rowell

Biologists found 19 live pelagic red crabs in Bodega Bay in January, a first.

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What Honeybees Have Taught Me About Xenophobia

January 31, 2017 by Benjamin Eichorn

Opinion: The American democratic experiment and the survival of the planet may depend on overcoming our fear of foreigners

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Pacific Chorus Frogs Use Their Famous Calls to Stake Out Territory

January 01, 2017 by Claire Peaslee

That iconic Hollywood "ribbit" has a purpose.

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