image credit: hiltonpond.org image credit: hiltonpond.org image credit: globalgiving.org image credit: Zunzuncito image credit: birdforum.net image credit: webmail1.uwindsor.ca Habitat: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua Status: So here’s a bizarre example of creature “bromance.” Male Long-tailed Manakins (Chiroxiphia linearis) woo their females in a very unique manner: the males team up in pairs and perform an extremely complex coordinated courtship dance to impress the female. Chirping and singing is also included in the [sweet] deal. So, if the two always work together, who get’s the prize? Well, unfortunately for the other guy, only the alpha male in the pair gets to mate with the female. The beta male is just a back up dancer. That means that the majority of little chickies in the neighborhood are fathered after the same daddy. Wonder if things get awkward around Thanksgiving… Check out the video below to see the “leapfrog dance” of the male Long-tailed...Read More
Month: August 2011
image credit: scienceblogs.com image credit: PacificKlaus image credit: na.oceana.org Habitat: Indian Ocean and Pacific, from northern Australia to Fiji Status: Least Concern Slithering around the waters of Australia is the Turtle-headed Sea Snake (Emydocephalus annulatus). Poor Marlin from Finding Nemo could have been a victim of this snake’s attacks – instead of a baracuda – since they are specially adapted to devour fish eggs. The snake swims briskly along until it encounters an egg mass glued to coral branches or laid directly on the sand. If it is stuck, the snake uses the enlarged scale, sharpened into a menacing blade, to pry the eggs loose (see the first picture). Nemo would have never had a...Read More
image credit: ach_gecko image credit: ach_gecko image credit: ach_gecko image credit: ach_gecko image credit: ach_gecko Habitat: northern Réunion (French island east of Madagascar) Status: Endangered This breathtaking gecko is the Réunion Island day gecko (Phelsuma borbonica). I remember a play back in highschool we did called Jospeh and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and instantly this gecko reminded me of it. For the life of me I could NOT remember the play’s name but after some frantic google searching I can now rest easy. Don’t you hate when you have an inkling of the name of something but just can’t quite remember it?...Read More
image credit: iucnredlist.org image credit: ufotime.com image credit: aquariumdomain.com image credit: meerwasser.npage.ch image credit: 92pixels.com Habitat: Indonesia, New Caledonia, Hawaii and possibly Japan Status: Data Deficient This seems to be the “Barbie Girl” of lobsters. The Violet-spotted Reef Lobster (Enoplometopus debelius) is all decked out in hot pink, ready for a night on the town since, you know, lobsters are nocturnal. Looks like she forgot to shave her arms and legs for the night though. Yeesh. Must be a lobster thing. Have fun...Read More
image credit: travel-and-dive.blogspot.com image credit: dailymail.co.uk Habitat: the central and western Pacific Ocean Status: No conservation concerns Reticulidia halgerda looks like it would be a mathematician’s favorite nudibranch. Check out those geometric patterns so intricately formed by the orange and white “tuberculate” ridges! I’m sure there’s some serious fractal action going on there (I’m going to be completely honest here, I have little to possibly zero clue what a fractal really is…. I just know it has to do with math so there’s no way I would understand it anyways...Read More
image credit: arkive.org image credit: iucnredlist.org image credit: Craig Gibbon image credit: arkive.org image credit: blog.masterbuilders.co.za image credit: Craig Gibbon image credit: arkive.org Habitat: South Africa and possibly Swaziland Status: Vulnerable You know, I’m wondering if the Spotted Snout-burrower (Hemisus guttatus) decided to live its life underground because of those yellow spots. They make it look a bit iffy, you know, like it has some sort of weird disease. Kind of like a froggy chicken pox! Maybe it was banished to live underground so as not to infect other creatures above. Like when those with the Bubonic Plague were quarantined. I mean, it’s gotten used to living in the dirt at least; it has those big, muscular thighs and no webbing between the fingers and toes so it can easily move around soil. Maybe the disease turns you into a ZOMBIE? A yellow, spotty, frog zombie. Yes…...Read More
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