Species of the week #101 – Mud loach

“Stormfarter” is a somewhat disrespectful nickname for the Mud loach, which is also called weatherfish. These names refer to a very special characteristic – accessory intestinal respiration. The mud loach stretches its mouth above the water surface and swallows air. It can absorb oxygen through its intestinal mucosa, which has a strong blood supply. The […]

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Species of the week #100 – Watershrew

Our 100th species of the week used to be a Palatinate-wide child terror. “Watch out, the water rat will bite your toes” was the warning given by concerned adults to almost every child who dangled their feet in village streams and ponds. Unfortunately, today children can hardly ever see a water shrew. This is because […]

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species of the week #96 – creeping marshwort

The creeping marshwort is a so-called responsibility species in Germany. This means that its distribution is concentrated in Germany, even though it was once found throughout Europe. In the meantime, the creeping marshwort is threatened with extinction throughout Europe and is usually in a poor state of conservation. However, it is also highly endangered in […]

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species of the week #91 – elk

For some years now, individual elks from Eastern Europe have been drawn to Germany. The living conditions are ideal – especially in sparsely populated Brandenburg with its wet meadows and moorland forests. Elks are very good swimmers and even venture into the Baltic Sea. Last year, for example, a moose visited the island of Usedom […]

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