Basically, you know the Drill.

I’ve got my drills down pat.
Except for the escape Drill. 
That one is pretty tricky.
(Carey, 2014)

Seriously, she broke out of the group enclosure cause she just *had* to pick her own leaves. 

  • Big Boss:

    So I want you to give a statistics class to the IACUC [big wigs] at their semi-annual meeting.

  • Me:

    Sure thing! What would you like it to cover?

  • Big Boss:


  • Me:

    ...Ummm ... any specific requests?

  • Big Boss:

    Oh you know. Just the stuff that can come up in experimental protocols.

  • Me:

    So... that could be like... everything.

  • Big Boss:

    Exactly. But not too much. You'll have 45 minutes to speak. Bring hand outs. The meeting is in 3 weeks. Good luck!

  • Anonymous

    So primatology is basically monkey business.

    Yeah, but I could guenon for ages about my primates.

    why this primates booty prettier than mine

    Don’t feel bad. Even Darwin knew there was no competing with these magnificent monkeys.

    "No other member in the whole class of mammals is coloured in so extraordinary a manner as the adult male mandrill." 
    ~Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man (Ch. XVIII - Secondary Sexual Characters of Mammals) 

    Colorful Cabooses

    Q: What primate has the color caboose pictured below?
    Bonus: Can you name this primate’s even more colorful cousin?


    This derriere belongs  to non other than the endangered Drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus)! Only found in the Cross River Region of Nigeria and Cameroon, as well as on Biokio Island, these primates are some of Africa’s most endangered mammals! (x)

    • imageDrill male at Limbe Wildlife Centre, Cameroon (Carey, 2014)

    While closely related to baboons, these old world primates belong to a separate Mandrillus genus (not the Papio babbon genus) which contains the Drill and their close cousin the Mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx). 

    • imageMandrill male at Limbe Wildlife Centre, Cameroon (Carey, 2014)

    The Mandrill is the largest monkey in the world, with males weighing between 19-37kg (42-82 lbs)!

    Points go out to cacajao, alliieennss, urbpan, and  gootsncats (good Limbe spot!) 
    Bonus points go out to 
    cacajao​, alybrighteyesalliieennssurbpan​, and  gootsncats

    Covered paint after #LiveInColor in DC

    ? Saturday Questions?

    Q: What primate has the color caboose pictured below?
    Bonus: Can you name this primate’s even more colorful cousin?


    Phelsuma pusilla Mertens, 1964


    Phelsuma p. pusilla is widely distributed in eastern Madagascar. Phelsuma p. hallmanni is found only around Andasibe in eastern Madagascar.

    Morphology & Colouration:

    Phelsuma pusilla is a very small gecko species, reaching a maximum total length of 85-100 mm (100 mm in males of P. p. hallmanni). Like all Phelsuma species, these geckos have a strongly reduced first toe, round pupils, and lack claws. The tail is distinctly verticillated.

    These geckos are dorsally green with red spots, although the spots are often lacking in females. There is an arrangement of these red spots on the snout similar to most species in the P. lineata clade. In P. p. hallmanni, one of these red spots forms a bar between and just anterior to the eyes, and the snout is often blue. These geckos possess a dark lateral stripe that is always noticeable. The tail can be teal or turquoise, and the ventral side is whitish. 


    These geckos are arboreal and diurnal. Phelsuma p. pusilla is frequently found on palms, banana plants, and in urban environments. It is less frequently encountered in rainforest. By contrast, P. p. hallmanni is found on trees at the edge of mid-altitude rainforest, and not on buildings, and is apparently rare.

    The juveniles of P. p. hallmanni are grey with lots of tiny blue/white spots, whereas those of P. p. pusilla are greenish.

    Conservation Status:

    Phelsuma pusilla is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, due to its apparently wide distribution and commonness. Phelsuma p. hallmanni may be rarer and more threatened because it is not found outside forests.

    Taxonomy and Systematics:

    Phelsuma pusilla belongs to the P. lineata group (Rocha et al. 2010), and is closest related to P. lineataP. kely, and P. comorensis. It possesses two subspecies, P. p. pusilla, and P. p. hallmanni, which have been described above.


    Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Squamata-Gekkonidae-Phelsuma-P. pusilla

    Photo is a male P. p. hallmanni, photographed by Henry Cook.

    Click here to see more TaxonFiles!


    Glaw, F. and M. Vences. 2007. A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Köln, Germany

    Rocha, S., H. Rösler, P.-S. Gehring, F. Glaw, D. Posada, D.J. Harris and M. Vences. 2010. Phylogenetic systematics of day geckos, genus Phelsuma, based on molecular and morphological data (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Zootaxa 2429:1-28

    It’s evolution via natural selection, not the bloody bat signal.

    Response to someone telling me “nature calls” _____ species to do a instead of b.

    Never underestimate the power of plastic baggies…

    Sometimes you get fantastic ideas. 
    Ideas like bringing non (or at least less) perishable food items into the field with you. 
    No choking down field work food day after day for you! You can mix up your morning with pop-tarts, dried fruit, and maybe even some assorted nuts! Heck, generous individuals in possession of a few single serving packs of oreos or chips ahoy cookies will quickly find themselves the most popular person on the field site!  

    But beware. Even the best ideas can go horribly horribly wrong.

    Like when you come back to your bunk after a long day in time to see an ant disappear into your (zipped and locked) suitcase. 
    You follow the Hymenoptera Houdini and pray that she is alone… but the field work gods do not hear your pleas. Shiny black segmented bodies writhe across the compartments in some petrifying parade.
    Nothing is safe.
    They. Are. Everywhere. 

    As you finish the first round of decontamination, you sigh in relief as your snacks appear intact. They were individually wrapped after all, and there are no visible holes or tears in any of the packages. 
    Just to be safe you put each food item in the spare plastic baggies your mother insists you bring everywhere. 

    After round two of decon (this time armed with Ben’s bug spray and some free sample individual clorox wipes from ~1999), you hear a plastic rustle. 
    The pop-tarts bag. 
    It moved.

    You watch in horror as ants seem to pour out of the food’s silver foil wrappers. Oh god, they’re starting to chew on the ziploc bag. They’re making a break for it! 
    You swallow your insectophobic scream and grab the bag. 
    It’s 2am, there is a thunderstorm going on outside, you’re barefoot and in pjs, and the rubbish area is down a dark muddy trail through the bush.
    Screw it. This needs to be taken care of now.

    Rain and mud soak your clothes as you stumble-sprint down the trail and fling the contaminated bag into the rubbish pile. That is your home now, you colonizing curs!

    The feeling of phantom insects on your skin taunts you as you perform yet another decon check. It’s well past 3am before you lie down for the night… too horrified by the past few hours to even consider falling asleep.

    From now on you will always pre-pack everything in plastic baggies. 
    And sleep with your gear under the permethrin treated mosquito netting.
    … And maybe avoid pop-tarts for the rest of your life.