Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Tag: Wildlife

Horseshoe Crab

The Horseshoe Crab

Horseshoe crabs are marine and brackish water arthropods of the family Limulidae, suborder Xiphosurida, and order Xiphosura. They live primarily in and around shallow coastal waters on soft sandy or muddy bottoms. They occasionally come onto shore to mate. They are commonly eaten in Asia, and used as fishing bait, in fertilizer and in science (especially Limulus amebocyte lysate).

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Funnel-Eared Bat

Funnel-Eared Bat

The Cuban funnel-eared bat (Chilonatalus micropus) is a species of bat in the family Natalidae. It is one of two species within the genus Chilonatalus and is found in Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica. All natalids have large, funnel-shaped ears, with glandular papillae on the surface of the external ear. They also have a short, triangular tragus, which is quite thick,

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The Handfish

The Handfish

Handfish is any anglerfish within the family Brachionichthyidae, a group which comprises five genera and 14 extant species. These benthic marine fish are unusual in the way they propel themselves by walking on the sea floor rather than swimming. Handfish is found today in the coastal waters of southern Australia and Tasmania. This is the most species-rich of the few marine fish

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The Elephant Shrew

The Elephant Shrew

Elephant shrews also called jumping shrews or sengis, are small insectivorous mammals native to Africa, belonging to the family Macroscelididae, in the order Macroscelidea. Their traditional common English name “elephant shrew” comes from a fancied resemblance between their long noses and the trunk of an elephant, and their superficial similarity with shrews (family Soricidae) in the order Eulipotyphla. In 1997

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Pufferfish

Pufferfish

The Tetraodontidae is a family of primarily marine and estuarine fish of the order Tetraodontiformes. The family includes many familiar species which are variously called pufferfish, puffers, balloonfish, blowfish, blowies, bubblefish, globefish, swellfish, toadfish, toadies, honey toads, sugar toads, and sea squab. They are morphologically similar to the closely related porcupinefish, which has large external spines (unlike the thinner, hidden spines of the Tetraodontidae, which are only visible when the fish has puffed up). The

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Axolotl

Axolotl

Axolotl. The axolotl, also known as a Mexican salamander (Ambystoma mexicanum) or a Mexican walking fish, is a neotenic salamander, closely related to the tiger salamander. Although the axolotl is colloquially known as a “walking fish,” it is not a fish, but an amphibian. The species originates from numerous lakes, such as Lake Xochimilco underlying Mexico City. Axolotls are unusual among amphibians in that

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Royal Flycatcher

Royal Flycatcher

Royal Flycatcher. The Royal Flycatchers are a genus, Onychorhynchus, of passerine birds in the family Tityridae. The genus contains four species: the Amazonian royal flycatcher, the Northern royal flycatcher, the Pacific royal flycatcher, and the Atlantic royal flycatcher. The common name for all the species in this genus, royal flycatcher, refer to the striking, colourful crest, which is seen

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World’s Rarest Penguin Population Plummets

World’s Rarest Penguin Population Plummets

World’s Rarest Penguin Population Plummets. Almost half the breeding population of the world’s most endangered penguin species, the yellow-eyed penguin, has disappeared in one part of New Zealand and conservation groups believe commercial fishing is to blame. The yellow-eyed penguin is endemic to New Zealand’s South Island and sub-Antarctic islands, where

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Tetra

Tetra

Tetra. A tetra is one of several species of small fish from Africa, Central America, and South America belonging to the biological family Characidae and to its former subfamilies Alestidae (the “African tetras”) and Lebiasinidae. Many of these, such as the neon tetra (Paracheirodon innesi), are brightly coloured. Tetra is short for Tetragonopterus, a genus name formerly applied to many of these fish, which is Greek for

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