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The Night Stinger: Latrodectus katipo
March 4, 2012

Katipo are endemic to Aotearoa [New Zealand], New Zealand’s only poisonous native species, are restricted to a highly specialized habitat, and is only found near the seashore living among sand dunes. It was first reported in the 1990s and may have displaced the katipo along the west coast of the North Island from Wellington to Whanganui due to coastal dune modification from agriculture, forestry, and urban development. (more...)

tags: Conservation Biology

location: Waitotara, Taranaki, New Zealand

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Lancewood, Horoeka [Juvenile]
January 7, 2012

The Pseudopanax crassifolium has distinct morphological changes between its juvenile and adult stages. As a juvenile pictured above, there is a slim main stem reaching with long juvenile leaves deflecting downward with serrated edges. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Life in Extreme Environments, Field trip Stewart Island

location: Southland, New Zealand

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Lancewood [Adult]
January 7, 2012

Within 15 - 20 years, the Lancewood will mature. Its jagged edged leaves begin to smooth and either become unifoliate, three-foliate or five-foliate. The apex branches while the stem thickens.

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Life in Extreme Environments, Field trip Stewart Island

location: Southland, New Zealand

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