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“Remarkable” Spider Eats Mostly Mosquitoes—Could It Fight Malaria?

A jumping spider in Malaysia eats mosquitoes of various species and ages—an unusual preference that could inspire ways to combat malaria and another diseases.

Mongoose Fends Off Lions: Explaining Viral Video

A mongoose that survived a tussle with four African lions may have been dealing with playful youngsters, a biologist says.

What’s a Fishing Spider? Behind the Arachnid Trending on Facebook

Freshwater Species of the Week: Fishing Spider

When the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources posted on its Facebook page that giant fishing spiders had been spotted around the state the news was shared more than 10,000 times. More than 2,000 comments were received, including from people posting their own images of the arachnids. Many posters expressed concern and abhorrence. But these are amazing animals with super powers, able to walk or sail with the wind on water, and they can haul up aquatic animals five times their weight.

How Catfish Stalk Prey in the Dark

Catfish searching for prey in the dark detect slight chemical changes in the water produced by the breath of a sea worm, a new study says.

Return of the Grey-Faced Petrel

Seabirds are the ecosystem drivers of islands, traversing the marine-terrestrial interface throughout their lives. In particular, they transport marine nutrients from the ocean to islands, which they ‘deposit’ while burrowing and nesting. These nutrient inputs have driven island ecosystems for thousands of years, and did not go unnoticed by our forefathers through such actions as…

Wolf Tracks Found on Mt. Hood, First Since 1947

Oregon wolf and wildlife advocates celebrated yesterday with confirmation of wolf tracks found on the eastern foothills of Oregon’s Mt. Hood. This is the first sign of a wolf in the Cascades Range since the famous Wolf OR-7 made headlines for visiting in 2011. Details of the December wolf-track spotting comes from Oregon Fish and Wildlife’s recently released 2013 Annual Report for Wolf Conservation and Management, among other indications of a recovering wolf population.

Puma Observed Hunting Howler Monkeys in Costa Rica

A short stroll before dinner last Thursday yielded a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife sighting—along with the photos necessary to prove that it really happened. The setting was Santa Rosa National Park, a stretch of tropical dry forest within Costa Rica’s spectacular Area de Conservación Guanacaste. I set out from the Park’s main administrative area shortly before 4:00 p.m.…

How “Walking” Fish Made the Leap From Ocean to Land

The Pacific leaping blenny went from swimmer to landlubber by evolving camouflage to blend into surrounding rocks, a new study says.

October 13, 2013: Arctic Double Dating, Poisoning Rhinos to Save Them, and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson as we we ski and kayak across Baffin Island, poison rhinos to save them, and meet child soldiers while bearing witness to illicit mines in one of the world’s poorest countries.

Competing Hunters Turn Friends? Wolf and Bear Share Dinner at Sunset

A gray wolf and a brown bear have been photographed hanging out together in Finland.

Camera Trap Pictures: Rare Badgers, Mongooses Spotted in Gabon

Honey badgers, mongooses, civets, and other small carnivores roam Gabon’s forests, according to the first such survey of its kind.

Praying Mantis Mimics Flower to Trick Prey

A praying mantis in Malaysia mimics an orchid to get a meal—the first scientific evidence of an animal imitating a flower to attract prey.

5 Animals With Stinky Defenses

Vomiting vultures and birds that smell like cow manure are just a few of the animals that use odors to keep predators at bay.

Why Is This Australian Spotted Cat in Trouble?

Bad news for the Tasmanian devil also may mean tough times for another one of Tasmania’s predators, the eastern quoll, scientists say.

Masters of Deception: 5 Two-Faced Species

A spider with a happy face on its back, an orchid that looks like a monkey, and a bug with a peanut head are among nature’s tricksters.