Monday, September 9, 2013

Ranch Visit Near Post, TX

New graduate students, Tabea Malinowski and Clara Frasconi-Wendt, toured a local ranch with Dr. Verble-Pearson, Dr. Alon Silberbush, Dr. Gad Perry, and Dr. Kate LeVering yesterday.

Tabea and Clara exploring the ranch

The ranch owners were warm and hospitable, and both students are excited about the possibility of working there in the near future.  

The harvester ants (Pogonomyrmex) were out and about, foraging for the last of the summer's bounty of seeds.  Fall Lyatrus was starting to bloom.  We didn't find any horned lizards (the property has both Texas horned lizards, Phrynosoma cornutum, and round-tailed horned lizards, Phyrnosoma modestum); however, we did find this exciting little phyrnosomatid, probably the Greater Earless Lizard (Cophosaurus texanus):  




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