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Biology Road Trips: Snakes in a Cave

Dr. Neil Losin and Dr. Nate Dappen are two biologists on a mission: to seek out nature’s most amazing spectacles and share them with people around the world. In the first installment of “Biology Road Trips”, they visit a Puerto Rican cave reputed to be the home of 300,000 bats… and a healthy population of boas that specialize in hunting the bats! If the rumors were true, Neil and Nate wanted to see the snakes in action and capture this unique behavior on film.

Never give up on your dreams

Spelling Bee: Math and Science

On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, the Club de Ciencias y Matemáticas: Ciencénit held the competition “Spelling Bee: Math and Science”. The same counted with the participation of 17 students from 10th, 11th and 12th grade.


The first three positions were occupied as follows:

First place: Derek Aguayo, Aircraft Mechanic Program.
Second place: Bryant López, Food Preparation Program.
Third place: Christian, Electricity Program.

The editorial board of the Club de Ciencias y Matemáticas: Ciencénit, appreciate the collaboration of the teacher Álida Barbosa-Badillo (spelling master), school counselor Yehlitza Cuevas, teacher Cruz (conversational English teacher) and miss (substitute teacher) who served as a scorekeeper.

Puerto Rico has an endemic bat!

By: Gabriel J. Vázquez Badillo

Puerto Rico has an endemic bat! As well as indicated in a research entitled: “Integrating multiple evidences in taxonomy: species diversity and phylogeny of mustached bats”, by: Ana Carolina Pavan, a Brazilian scientist.

The International Bat Research Conference, in South Africa, confirmed that the bat Pteronotus p. Parnell is the only one of its kind in the Caribbean who lives in Puerto Rico and in the Mona Island. According to Dr. Armando Rodríguez Durán, general coordinator of the Program for Bats Conservation in Puerto Rico and Professor at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico at Bayamón, 13 species of bats that live in Puerto Rico have four vital functions: controlling pests such as the mosquito Aedes aegypti, pollinate, disperse seeds (including endemics) and be the Puerto Rican boa food.

Each species has features and proprietary life cycles. For example, the Ali-oscuro bat can live in abandoned spaces in urban areas, “el casero” on the roofs of wooden houses, “el frutero común” hanging from trees with a harem, while “el frutero” or Puerto Rico native is more reclusive. But unlike others, the “bigotudo menor”, the smallest species of Puerto Rico, lives in the most deep and warm caves, and comes out earlier than the rest to find insects to eat; the “pescador”, which is the largest in Puerto Rico, fly over bodies of water to feed mainly on fish. Its diet is varied, since it also consumes insects, crabs and scorpions.

Arguinzoni Rivera, A. (23 de octubre de 2016). Confirman que existe un murciélago puertorriqueño. El Nuevo Día.