Hi, I'm Andrew and I’m just a simple 19 year old guy and zoology student that posts random factoids about obscure animals and general animal science/zoology/biology stuff so if you like animals this is the place for you, if you only like cute animals this is not the place for you… Also I can ID any animals you might need identified (just submit them to me).

Disclamer: none of the pictures are mine unless stated

Family Callidulidae: An unusual family of moths known as "Old World Butterfly-moths. Callidulids are a family of butterfly like moths which are distributed throughout southeast Asia and Oceania. Callidulids can exhibit both day and night flying behavior and typically hold their wings over thier backs like butterflies. Thier closest relatives are know truly known but they are thought to be close to hook-tip and geometer moths.

Image: L. Shyamal

 

White-eyed Gull (Ichthyaetus leucophthalmus)

…a small species of gull (Laridae) which is endemic to the area in and around the Red Sea, where it breeds on inshore islands like the Siyal Islands. 

White-eyed gulls are currently listed as near threatened by the IUCN, as it faces threats from human pressure and oil pollution 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Charadriiformes-Laridae-Ichthyaetus-I. leucophthalmus

Image(s): Alexander Vasenin

"Flower Pot Coral" (Genus: Goniopora)

Goniopora is a genus of colonial stony coral which occurs in lagoons and areas with turbid water conditions throughout the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and various tropical and subtropical areas of the Pacific Ocean. Like other colonial stony corals Goniopora spp. are carnivorous and will feed on passing invertebrates and organic matter which are caught by their stinging nematocysts. 

Classification

Animalia-Cnidaria-Anthozoa-Hexacorallia-Scleractinia-Portidae-Goniopora

Images: Peter Young Gho, MD and Gdiggers

"Psychedelic Jones Moth" (Thaumatographa jonesi)

…a strikingly colored species of Tortricid mot which occurs in eastern North America. Like other members of the subfamily Chlidanotinae T. jonesi is a day-flying moth and has been associated with pine forests. Thaumatographa jonesi is quite rare and as such much of its biology and ecology is not well known and host plant records are not well known. 

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Lepidoptera-Tortricoidea-Torticidae-Chlidanotinae-Thaumatographa-T. jonesi

Image(s): John R. Maxwell

It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for – the whole thing – rather than just one or two stars.

David Attenborough (via ecosapienshow)

Egyptian Sea Star (Gomophia egyptiaca)
…a species of Ophidiasterid sea star which despite its common name is widely distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific (including the Red Sea).  Like other sea stars Gomophia egyptiaca is omnivisrous feeding a range of sessile/slow moving organisms ranging from snails and sponges to algae. 
Classification
Animalia-Echindoermata-Asteroidea-Valvatidae-Ophidiastridae-Gomophia-G. egyptiaca
Image: Alexander Vasenin

Egyptian Sea Star (Gomophia egyptiaca)

…a species of Ophidiasterid sea star which despite its common name is widely distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific (including the Red Sea).  Like other sea stars Gomophia egyptiaca is omnivisrous feeding a range of sessile/slow moving organisms ranging from snails and sponges to algae. 

Classification

Animalia-Echindoermata-Asteroidea-Valvatidae-Ophidiastridae-Gomophia-G. egyptiaca

Image: Alexander Vasenin

Kerguelen Tern (Sterna virgata)
…a species of tern (Sternidae) which breeds around the Kerguelen, Prince Edward, and Crozet Islands in the south Indian ocean. Like other tern species Kerguelen terns feed at sea on a variety of fish and marine invertebrates, they are also sometimes known feed on insects and fish from rivers on the Kerguelen islands. Unlike other terns Kerguelen terns are relative least-ranging, as they generally do not reach far into the seas near their breeding grounds. 
Classification
Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Charadriiformes-Sternidae-Sterna-S. virgata

Kerguelen Tern (Sterna virgata)

…a species of tern (Sternidae) which breeds around the Kerguelen, Prince Edward, and Crozet Islands in the south Indian ocean. Like other tern species Kerguelen terns feed at sea on a variety of fish and marine invertebrates, they are also sometimes known feed on insects and fish from rivers on the Kerguelen islands. Unlike other terns Kerguelen terns are relative least-ranging, as they generally do not reach far into the seas near their breeding grounds. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Charadriiformes-Sternidae-Sterna-S. virgata

Bay Cat (Catopuma badia)
Also known as the Bornean cat, or Bornean marbled cat, the bay cat is a species of wild cat (Felinae) which is endemic to the island of Borneo, where it is relatively rare. Like many other cat species, bay cats are nocturnal and secretive. Due to this not much is known about bay cat biology and ecology, however they are known to feed on medium sized vertebrates. 
Currently Pardofelis badia is listed as endangered on the IUCN red list as it faces threats from deforestation and habitat destruction.
Classification 
Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Carnivora-Feliformia-Felidae-Felinae-Pardofelis-P. badia
Image: Jim Sanderson

Bay Cat (Catopuma badia)

Also known as the Bornean cat, or Bornean marbled cat, the bay cat is a species of wild cat (Felinae) which is endemic to the island of Borneo, where it is relatively rare. Like many other cat species, bay cats are nocturnal and secretive. Due to this not much is known about bay cat biology and ecology, however they are known to feed on medium sized vertebrates. 

Currently Pardofelis badia is listed as endangered on the IUCN red list as it faces threats from deforestation and habitat destruction.

Classification 

Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Carnivora-Feliformia-Felidae-Felinae-Pardofelis-P. badia

Image: Jim Sanderson

Malawi Squeaker (Synodontis njassae)
…a species of upside-down catfish (Mochokidae) which is endemic to Lake Malawi in Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. Malawi squeakers typically inhabit shallow areas among rocks and are omnivorous scavengers, feeding mainly on insects, crustaceans, molluscs, and other various invertebrates. 
Classification
Animalia-Chordata-Actinopterygii-Siluriformes-Mochokidae-Synodontis-S. njassae
Image: Pawel Ciesla

Malawi Squeaker (Synodontis njassae)

…a species of upside-down catfish (Mochokidae) which is endemic to Lake Malawi in Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. Malawi squeakers typically inhabit shallow areas among rocks and are omnivorous scavengers, feeding mainly on insects, crustaceans, molluscs, and other various invertebrates. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Actinopterygii-Siluriformes-Mochokidae-Synodontis-S. njassae

Image: Pawel Ciesla

Zebra Conchylodes (Conchylodes ovulalis)

…a species of pytaustine crambid moth which occurs in North America from Pennsylvania to Florida west to Arizona and south into the neotropics. Adult Conchylodes ovulalis are typically seen in flight from May to September or August and inhabit deciduous and possibly other forests. Zebra conchylodes are typically associated and feed on the Asteraceae.  

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Lepidoptera-Pyraloidea-Crambidae-Pyraustinae-Spilomelini-Conchylodes-C. ovulalis

Images: ©Micheal Skvarla and ©Larry McDaniel


This little spider was found on a hiking trail in new york state. Im not sure what it is but it resembles some orb-weavers i’ve seen around here.

You are right it is an Orb-weaver! Specifically it’s a female Spined Micrathenia (Micrathenia gracilis). Cool find!

This little spider was found on a hiking trail in new york state. Im not sure what it is but it resembles some orb-weavers i’ve seen around here.

You are right it is an Orb-weaver! Specifically it’s a female Spined Micrathenia (Micrathenia gracilis). Cool find!

"Moon Crabs" (Family: Matutidae)

…are a family of Clappoid crabs which are widely distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific region, including the Red Sea. Like the unrelated swimming crabs (Portunidae) the legs of Matutids are specially adapted for swimming and digging. However, unlike Portunids which only have the lack pair of legs modified for swimming all five pair of Matutid legs are modified. Moon crabs are known to be “aggressive predators”, feeding on a range of invertebrates. 

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Crustacea-Malacostraca-Decapoda-Brachyura-Clappoidea-Matutidae

Image(s): ふうけ

"Hebrew Volute" (Voluta ebraea)
…a species of volute (Volutidae) which is endemic to north and northeastern Brazil (I have no idea why its called Hebrew) where it occupy the littoral zone, generally in areas with coral and rocks. Like other volutids Hebrew volutes are carnivorous/predatory and will feed on other gastropods and bivalves (notably Trachycardium muricatum and Stramontia haemastoma)
Classification
Animalia-Mollusca-Gastropoda-Caenogastropoda-Hypsogastropoda-Neogastropoda-Muricoidea-Volutidae-Voluta-V. ebraea
Image: Thelma Lúcia Pereira Dias

"Hebrew Volute" (Voluta ebraea)

…a species of volute (Volutidae) which is endemic to north and northeastern Brazil (I have no idea why its called Hebrew) where it occupy the littoral zone, generally in areas with coral and rocks. Like other volutids Hebrew volutes are carnivorous/predatory and will feed on other gastropods and bivalves (notably Trachycardium muricatum and Stramontia haemastoma)

Classification

Animalia-Mollusca-Gastropoda-Caenogastropoda-Hypsogastropoda-Neogastropoda-Muricoidea-Volutidae-Voluta-V. ebraea

Image: Thelma Lúcia Pereira Dias

Amethyst Sunbird (Chalcomitra amethystina)

Also known as the Black Sunbird, the amethyst sunbird is a species of sunbird (Nectariniidae) which occurs throughout most of central and southern Africa. Amethyst sunbirds typically inhabit dry savanna and other dry vegetated areas. Like other sunbirds C. amethystina is the old-world counterpart to hummingbirds, as it feeds almost exclusively on flowers, using its long curved bill to take nectar.  It is also known to occasionally feed on insects as well. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Passeriformes-Necatariniidae-Chalcomitra-C. amethystina

Images: Mikegoulding and Derek Keats

Mystery Duck

Hello! I’d like to ask for your assistance, please.

I’ve seen this beautiful duck in North-West England.

It was the only one with this colour scheme in a flock of Mallards, and was slightly larger than them. I thought maybe it’s a hybrid, but I don’t actually know that many duck-breeds. 

What is it?

Thanks :)

Hi. You are close. This is a domestic mallard breed of some sort! It might be a hybrid, but not of anything wild, It kinda looks like it has some domestic Muscovy in it if I were to guess. 

Hemisinus brevis
…is a species of Thiarid snail (Thiaridae) which is endemic to the Pinar del Rio region in Cuba, and it scarcely occurs elsewhere in Cuba. Like other members of Thiaridae Hemisinus brevis is a freshwater species and likely feeds on algae and other organic matter. 
Classification
Animalia-Mollusca-Gastropoda-Caenogastropoda-Sorbeoconcha-Cerithioidea-Thiaridae-Hemisinus-H. bervis
Image: Antonio Alejandro Vázquez Perera & Susana Perera Valderrama

Hemisinus brevis

…is a species of Thiarid snail (Thiaridae) which is endemic to the Pinar del Rio region in Cuba, and it scarcely occurs elsewhere in Cuba. Like other members of Thiaridae Hemisinus brevis is a freshwater species and likely feeds on algae and other organic matter. 

Classification

Animalia-Mollusca-Gastropoda-Caenogastropoda-Sorbeoconcha-Cerithioidea-Thiaridae-Hemisinus-H. bervis

Image: Antonio Alejandro Vázquez Perera & Susana Perera Valderrama