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Saw-blade Shrimp (Tozeuma armatum)
Also known as the banded tozeuma shrimp the saw-blade shrimp is a species of broken back shrimp (Hippolydiae) that occurs throughout the Indo-West Pacific and the Red Sea. Like other members of Tozeuma T. armatum has a very long and slender body/appendages. This elongated appearance likely helps the shrimp camouflage itself along the corals it inhabits. Like other crustaceans that inhabit corals T. armatum's coloration is highly varied and typically matches the coloration of its host coral.
"Spotted Catbird" (Ailuroedus melanotis)
Also known as the black-eared catbird, Ailuroedes melanotis is a species of bowerbird that is native to north Queensland, Australia and New Guinea. They are unrelated to New World catbirds and get their name due to their cat like call. Like most passerine birds A. melanotis feeds mainly on fruit, flowers, seeds and insects. They are also known to eat small vertebrates and bird eggs as well. Unlike other bowerbirds spotted catbirds form permanent bonds and these pairs will maintain and defend a piece of territory year round.
…is a species of bombyliine beefly (Bombyliidae) that id distributed throughout Western North America. L. zona is typically active during autumn and adults are often seen near flowers as they feed on nectar/pollen. Adult L. zona are also sexually dimorphic, with males generally sporting a more white coloration as compared to the females orange to yellow.
As yet more proof of the disturbing effects of global warming, a massive chunk of ice, estimated at 22 miles by 12 miles, has broken off of the continent of Antarctica.
We already know that during 2012, the Arctic broke several climate records, including a level of unprecedented warmth…
What This Man Found In A Bag Of Mulch Will Blow Your Mind. What He Did With It Will Melt Your Heart.
A Florida man opened a new bag of mulch and, to his surprise, he found a baby squirrel inside. We found the man on Reddit, where he is known by the handle “Nadtacular,” but now the Internet is starting to know him because of his compassion. The baby squirrel appeared to be only days old when he found it. It was so young, he initially mistook it for a mouse or rat. But he decided to take care of it, and lucky for us, document his its development.
As you can see from the photographs, a bond developed between the man and the squirrel, which he named “Zip.” There is no definitive answer to how baby Zip found its way into the bag of mulch, but it’s safe to say Zip appears to be enjoying his new home. It’s also safe to say that this man’s selfless act has restored our hope in humanity. Way to go!
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the beauty of the universe, part I - fire rainbows
brief explanation of their formation here
Spanish Moth (Xanthopastis timais)
…a species of owlet moth (Noctuidae) that ranges from the eastern/ central United states (although they are rare everywhere other than Florida), through Mexico into Central America and South America. X. timais larvae generally feed on spider lilies (Liliaceae) and members of Amaryllidaceae. They also have been seen on Figs (Ficus sp.) and even iceberg lettuce! Adults tend to fly from November-May and their food source remains unknown.
One nightmare for elephants in India will soon be over. After a nine-month long investigation, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has banned the registration of elephants under the Performing Animals Rules. The ban effectively outlaws the use of elephants in circuses…
Bridled Nail-tail Wallaby (Onychogalea fraenata)
…an endangered species of macropod marsupial that currently only occupies three isolated areas in Queensland, Australia. They typically live in Acacia shrublands and grassy woodlands in semi-arid regions in their small range. O. fraenata is nocturnal and will graze on vegetation at night, during the day they will retreat to a nest which is usually located in bushes or grass. Bridled nail-tail wallabies are typically solitary animals but are known to congregate during the dry season.
Currently Onychogalea fraenata is listed as endangered, it has lost 95% of its original range and <1,000 individuals are thought to exist. O. fraenata faces threats from habitat destruction, diseases and over-predation from introduced predators.
Polka-Dot Wasp Moth (Syntomeida epialsis)
Sometimes known as the “Oelander Moth” Syntomeida epialsis is a species of arctiid moth that occurs in Florida, the southern United States and Parts of the Caribbean. Like other arctiid moths S. epialsis is day-flying and its larvae will feed on, and are considered a pest of Oelander (Nerium oelander).
Brazilian Red and White Tarantula (Nhandu chromatus)
….a species of tarantuala (Theraphosidae) that is native to Brazil and Paraguay. Nhandu chromatus typically inhabits tropical forests and savannas and is primarily terrestrial. However, they do retire to burrows when not hunting for insects and other arthropods.
Like a fair amount of tarantula species Nhandu chromatus has found its way into the pet trade and is now fairly popular.
Image: Eric Reynolds
Inflated Beetle (Cysteodemus armatus)
….a species of desert spider beetle (Cysteodemus spp.) that is distributed throughout the Colorado and Mojave Deserts in North America. Adult C. armatus feed mainly on creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) but are known to feed on a wide number of other plants as well. They are typically active from Febuary to June and when threatned they can exude a hemolymph which can cause blistering of the skin. Cysteodemus armatus larvae inhabit the subterranean nests of solitary bees and will pillage the bees’ food stores.
Violet-spotted Reef Lobster (Enoplometopus debelius)
Also known as Debelius’s Dwarf Reef Lobster, E. debelius is a species of reef lobster (not a true lobster but related) that occurs throughout the Pacific. E. debelius inhabits rocky/coral reefs and is mainly active at night.
Due to its bright coloration Enoplometopus debelius is very popular in the aquarium trade. It is currently unknown if the trade has any significant effects on its population.
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