A sleepy Asiatic lioness tries to take an afternoon snooze. We are witnessing the largest mass extinction since the end of the dinosaurs. Every animal that disappears from the earth is a tragedy with enormous repercussions, and to ignore the small and mundane for the cute and fascinating is to miss the point of conservation entirely. Here are 11 of them:
But one thing that bugs me is that the same handful of cliched animals appear in most of them. There are so many other interesting animals out there. Here are 25 of them.
Spectral Bat, Vampyrum spectrum This carnivorous bat has a wingspan that can reach up to almost three feet, making it the largest bat in the new world. A stealthy hunter, its prey includes reptiles, small mammals, amphibians, and birds.
As you can see below, it is very evil looking. It also has a cool latin name. Pistol Shrimp, Alpheidae Family Pistol Shrimp have one larger claw that they can snap together with such force that it creates a pressure wave strong enough to kill nearby fish.
Fossa, Cryptoprocta ferox Hailing from Madagascar, the Fossa is basically a large, agile, muscular tree mongoose. Although its creepy appearance is frankly enough to land it on this list, it is interesting in many other ways.
Definately check out the video it appears after a brief intro or feel free to do more research. Velvet Worm, Onychophora Phyla Not quite worms, not quite arthropods, Onychophora are in a category of their own. Velvet worms are predatory and several species can immobilize their prey by shooting a glue-like substance out of glands in their heads.
Hoatzin, Opisthocomus hoazin The young of this unique swamp-dwelling tropical bird have two claws on each wing they can use to clamber around in the branches. They lose the claws as adults, but remain strange in other ways.
Look them up for more info. Shrike, Laniidae Family A family of small, deceptively predatory, birds known for impaling their prey on thorns see below.
Victims include insects, small birds, and small mammals.
Raccoon Dog, Nyctereutes procyonoides This animal is a member of the canine family, but comprises a one-off species. Obviously it gets its name from its raccoon-like appearance. And that makes it cool. Webspinners, Embioptera Order Also known as Embiids, members of this obscure insect group are able to spin silk from structures on their front legs.
The silk is used to weave tunnels and galleries on the ground in which they live. It also has a pale blue-green bioluminescent belly which, when viewed from below, makes it blend into to the ocean surface above. Their jaws are like two small pairs of pinchers and are used to chew up their prey.
Although quite scary looking, their size and deadliness are often exaggerated. Serval, Leptailurus serval A medium-sized African wildcat known for its long legs and big ears.
It lives in grassy areas and mainly hunts rodents. Mimic Octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus By changing its texture, arm positioning, and movement, the mimic octopus is able to imitate around seventeen other animals, including lionfish, sea snakes, flatfish, and brittle stars.
Wow, what more can I say? Lammergeier, Gypaetus barbatus This large mountain vulture subsists mainly on bone marrow, which it obtains by dropping bones from the air onto rocks. It also eats rotting flesh, small animals, and pieces of actual bone which are digested by its strong stomach acid.
Portia Spider, Portia Genus A small group of sneaky jumping spiders that prey on other web-building spiders by plucking their webs in such a way that it mimics a trapped insect.
Through skillful plucking, the unwitting victim is manipulated within striking distance. Somehow the Portia Spiders know which variations of web signals to use to draw different prey spiders into their grasp. They lack a proper jaw and instead feed using a pair extrudable toothy plates that they use to rasp away pieces of meat from the living or dead flesh they feast upon.
Their other distinguishing feature is an ability to secrete a fibrous slime that turns into large quantities of thick mucous when it comes into contact with water. They clean the mucous off themselves by tying into a knot and passing the loop along their body. Demon Stingerfish, Inimicus caledonicus Part of a larger group of ugly, well-hidden, bottom-dwelling fish with venomous spines, the Demon Stingerfish has a particularly creepy feature: Predatory Hawaiian Caterpillars, Eupithecia orichloris, E.
Giant Otter, Pteronura brasiliensis The largest member of the weasel family, the Giant Otter can reach lengths of up to six feet. It swims the rivers of the Amazon and hunts all kinds of small, meaty animals there.
The largest specimen ever recorded was feet long and weighed just over one thousand pounds. It has the largest eyes of any animal.11 of the world’s most interesting animals on the verge of extinction.
Feb 2, Still, some animals are just downright interesting – what environmentalists call “charismatic megafauna” – and would be a shame to lose from an aesthetic point of view as well.
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