Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Tag: Wildlife

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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Porcupine

Porcupine

Porcupine. Porcupines are rodentian mammals with a coat of sharp spines, or quills, that protect against predators. The term covers two families of animals, the Old World porcupines of family Hystricidae, and the New World porcupines of family Erethizontidae. Both families belong to the infraorder Hystriccognathi within the profoundly diverse order Rodentia and display superficially similar coats of quills. Despite this, the two

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Stick Insect

Stick Insect

Stick Insect. The Phasmatodea are an order of insects, whose members are variously known as stick insects in Europe and Australasia; stick-bugs, walking sticks or bug sticks in the United States and Canada; or as phasmids, ghost insects or leaf insects (generally the family Phylliidae). The group’s name is derived from the Ancient Greek phasma, meaning an apparition or phantom, referring to the resemblance of many species to sticks or leaves. Their natural camouflage makes them difficult for predators to detect, but

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Ladybird

Ladybird

Ladybird. Coccinellidae is a widespread family of small beetles ranging from 0.8 to 18 mm (0.03 to 0.71 inches). They are found worldwide, with over 6,000 species described. Coccinellids are known as ladybugs in North America, and ladybirds in Britain and other parts of the English-speaking world. Entomologists widely prefer the names ladybird beetles or lady beetles as these insects are not classified as true bugs. They are commonly yellow,

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Elephants Unloosening The Chains.

Unloosening The Chains Of Elephants

Unloosening The Chains Of Elephants. Elephants have large complex brains, exhibit complex social behaviour, show a facility with tools, and are generally thought to be highly intelligent. Cognitive studies have demonstrated that elephants are capable of visual symbol discrimination and long term memory, means-end recognition, relative quantity judgment, mirror self-recognition,

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Scale Of Pangolin Slaughter Revealed

Scale Of Pangolin Slaughter Revealed

Scale Of Pangolin Slaughter Revealed. The pangolin is considered the world’s most-trafficked animal, with all eight species listed as vulnerable or critically endangered, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Endangered Species. Experts believe pangolins make up 20 percent of the global illegal animal

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