Category Archives: Wild Statia

Wild Statia: Pieces of the Puzzle

New research is telling us more about Caribbean wildlife each year. Discoveries on Statia and nearby islands are piecing together one of the most fascinating puzzles in the world.

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Wild Statia: Personal Hideaways

Even eating machines need a way to defend themselves! On Statia, a wide variety of defense techniques are used by various species, and these caterpillars have their own approach to staying safe:

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Wild Statia: The Pace of Discovery

How fast can a snail go from obscurity on The Quill to fame in the pages of a scientific journal? Read this week’s Wild Statia to find out! (Spoiler: not super fast.)

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Wild Statia: A Closer Look

A closer look at a photo of a Statian spider raises some questions. Then again, a closer look at any insect or spider in the Caribbean has the potential to do that. Read it in this weekend’s Wild Statia column in The Daily Herald.

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Wild Statia: A Resurrected Name

In some ways, taxonomy is the art of keeping things organized in a world where our knowledge about animals and how they are related to each other is always changing. In Statia, and the Caribbean in general, the story of our fauna is still being written, and the names of the characters are still subject …

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Wild Statia: A Strange Place for Wetland Birds

A large percentage of the bird species that have been observed on Statia are, broadly-speaking, wetland species. On an island with no lakes or rivers, how can that be?

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Wild Statia: Evolution in Motion

The recent discovery of a hybrid iguana on Statia is an ominous sign for the native and endangered Lesser Antillean Iguana. It is also a reminder that humans have likely changed the pace of evolution on the island in many ways. Statia’s distinctive wildlife is the product of a variety of natural processes: the slow …

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Wild Statia: The Gaïac Moth

This week, take a little trip through the food web on Statia, from a favorite tree to a beautiful moth, a painful predator and one of my favorite birds.

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Wild Statia: The Precision Hunter

The insect world is full of things that are strange, beautiful and terrifying. This week in Wild Statia we focus on a critter that is all three. Admirers the finely-tuned results of millions of years of evolution and designers of terrifying movie monst…

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Wild Statia: Meet the Beetles

This week, we take a closer look at the fab 400,000: the beetles! They’re the most diverse group of living things on the planet and there are plenty on Statia.

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