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Battle for the female

[Прочитать на Русском] Once I witnessed an extraordinary phenomenon. In late April, on the outskirts of the Menkovo village (Leningrad oblast, Russia), I observed a huge number of common toads (also known as European Toads, Bufo bufo). They were everywhere – on a plowed field, in ditches with water, they galloped along road, where they […]

Pachyiulus foetidissimus_Krasnodar Territory_North-Western Caucasus_Millipedes

Pachyiulus foetidissimus

[Прочитать на Русском] Pachyiulus foetidissimus (julid millipede) lives in the forests of the North Caucasus. It is slow-moving, but if it is disturbed, it turns into a spiral. Simultaneously, out of the numerous openings of the special glands located in each segment of the body, a secret with a characteristic odor is poured out. So […]

Potamon tauricum_Krasnodar Territory_North-Western Caucasus_freshwater crab

Potamon ibericum

[Прочитать на Русском] When we pronounce the word “crab”, we usually think of sea creatures. However, out of 6.5 thousand species of crabs (Brachyura infraorder) more than 1.4 thousand species inhabit fresh waters, and most of them (1.3 thousand species, 8 families) are exclusively freshwater. That is, they inhabit fresh water constantly during their life, […]