Month: July 2012

New Week Nudi: Marionia blainville

 © Rai Fernandez © Guillem Mas  © Rai Fernandez Habitat: Western Mediterranean and adjacent Atlantic waters Status: No Conservation Concerns This frilly pink nudibranch is known as Marionia blainville. Adults vary in color from a pale translucent orange to a deeper reddish brown with irregular patches of white. Babies always start out pure white, though. These guys are tiny; only growing to approx 50mm long. But good things come in small packages (at least that’s what my mom tells...

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Taking a Little Break

Hey everyone, Just wanted to let you guys know that I’m going to be posting sporadically for the next couple of weeks. I’m moving into a new apartment so things are going to be a little hectic, as I’m sure you can imagine. Please bear with me and I’ll be back with more amazing creatures ASAP! Promise. 🙂 Thanks!...

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Magic Must Exist When Beetles Look Like This

 © urjsa via: Habitat: Indonesien, Irian Jaya, Kei Islands, Tual City, Ohoidertawun Status: Not Listed This Jewel Beetle (Cyphogastra javanica) looks like it was soaked in a mixture of rainbows and paints to embellish its magnificently sculpted exoskeleton. I think the artistic representation below illustrates exactly what I’m talking about: © Addicted2Hymenoptera...

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The Unusual & Different Colors of Lobsters

You might be hard-pressed to send these incredibly colored lobsters to the pot. Several naturally occurring genetic mutations can transform your typical mottled brown lobster into one with magical hues.  Blue Lobster image credit: image credit: sneakermestupid.comOne in 2-5 million lobsters are blue. A genetic defect causes a blue lobster to produce an excessive amount of protein. The protein and a red carotenoid molecule known as astaxanthin, combine to form a blue complex known as crustacyanin, giving the lobster its blue color. Half and Half or “Two Tone” Lobster image credit: image credit: One in 50 million lobsters are half and half colored! Albino Lobster image credit: niketalk.yuku.comOnly about one in 100 million lobsters are albino – lacking in colored pigments. These are also referred to as “white” or “crystal” lobsters due to their metallic appearance. Yellow Lobster image credit: image credit: One in 30 million are yellow – caused by a rare genetic mutation. Calico Lobster image credit: akfiles.comAgain, the odds of finding one of these mottled yellow and black lobsters are one in 30 million. “Phantom of the Opera” Lobster image credit: captjoe06, via Flickr This is actually an example of another half and half lobster, however the albino part of the lobster formed so that it resembles the Phantom of the Opera with the white mask on one side of his...

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Major Morphs: Axanthic Stripe

  via: via: via: Habitat: Domesticated Status: No Conservation Concerns  This is the tuxedo-wearing version of a ball python – the Axanthic Genetic Stripe. Here’s a perfect description of what being ‘axanthic’ really entails:    “Axanthic – While albinism is the lack of all melanin or pigment color, Axanthics only lack red or yellow or both.  Axanthics are a recessive mutation that produces a snake that is varying shades of grey, black and brown. Although most “brown out” as an adult, there are some lines that hold their color more than others. Axanthics are a color mutation only and thus will have the varying patterns as a normal ball...

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About Carly


I have a confession: I love animals. Join me and the rest of the Featured Creature community as we learn about the weirdest, coolest, and craziest animals out there. Including your dog, Mr. Scrufflebutt (if you submit him!).

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