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

 

Longfish Boarfish (Zaclistius elevatus)
…a species of armorhead (Pentacerotidae) which is distributed around the coasts of southern Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. Longfin boarfish typically occur around the continental shelf and slope at depths of around 30 to 500m (98 to 1,640 ft). 
Classification
Animalia-Chordata-Actinopterygii-Perciformes-Pentacerotidae-Zaculistius-Z. elevatus
Image: Ian Skipworth

Longfish Boarfish (Zaclistius elevatus)

…a species of armorhead (Pentacerotidae) which is distributed around the coasts of southern Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. Longfin boarfish typically occur around the continental shelf and slope at depths of around 30 to 500m (98 to 1,640 ft). 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Actinopterygii-Perciformes-Pentacerotidae-Zaculistius-Z. elevatus

Image: Ian Skipworth

Giant Palouse Earthworm (Driloleirus americanus)
Also known as the Washington Giant Earthworm, the giant palouse earthworm is a large species of earthworm which occurs in the Palouse region of eastern Washington, and parts of Idaho. D. americanus was thought to be extinct in the 1980s, but recent evidence has proved that the species is still living. Little is known about the biology of D. americanus, but it is thought to grow up to 1 m (3.3 ft) in length and is white in appearance. The native habitat of D. americanus consists of bunch grasses, deposits of volcanic ash, and rich layers of organic matter which are thought to sustain the worm during dry seasons. In summer droughts D. americanus will burrow deeper and can conserve water in its nephridia. 
Classification
Animalia-Annelida-Clitellata-Oligochaeta-Haplotaxida-Megascolecidae-Driloleirus-D. americanus
Image: Yaniria Sanchez-de Leon

Giant Palouse Earthworm (Driloleirus americanus)

Also known as the Washington Giant Earthworm, the giant palouse earthworm is a large species of earthworm which occurs in the Palouse region of eastern Washington, and parts of Idaho. D. americanus was thought to be extinct in the 1980s, but recent evidence has proved that the species is still living. Little is known about the biology of D. americanus, but it is thought to grow up to 1 m (3.3 ft) in length and is white in appearance. The native habitat of D. americanus consists of bunch grasses, deposits of volcanic ash, and rich layers of organic matter which are thought to sustain the worm during dry seasons. In summer droughts D. americanus will burrow deeper and can conserve water in its nephridia. 

Classification

Animalia-Annelida-Clitellata-Oligochaeta-Haplotaxida-Megascolecidae-Driloleirus-D. americanus

Image: Yaniria Sanchez-de Leon

Spruce Zebra Beetle (Xylotrechus undulatus)
…a species of long-horned beetle (Cerambycidae) which occurs in Canada and the northern United States. Adult spruce zebra beetles are active in June and July and can typically be seen in coniferous and mixed forests. Spruce zebra beetle larvae are associated with and feed under the bark of spruce (Picea spp.) and other conifers. 
Classification
Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Coleoptera-Polyphaga-Chrysomeloidea-Cerambycidae-Cerambycinae-Clytini-Xylotrechus-X. undulatus
Image: ©Harvey Schmidt

Spruce Zebra Beetle (Xylotrechus undulatus)

…a species of long-horned beetle (Cerambycidae) which occurs in Canada and the northern United States. Adult spruce zebra beetles are active in June and July and can typically be seen in coniferous and mixed forests. Spruce zebra beetle larvae are associated with and feed under the bark of spruce (Picea spp.) and other conifers. 

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Coleoptera-Polyphaga-Chrysomeloidea-Cerambycidae-Cerambycinae-Clytini-Xylotrechus-X. undulatus

Image: ©Harvey Schmidt

White-faced Storm Petrel (Pelagodroma marina)

The sole member of the monotypic genus Pelagodroma, the white-faced storm petrel is a species of storm petrel (Hydrobatidae) which can be found in non-arctic oceans worldwide. In typical storm petrel fashion white-faced storm petrels are pelagic outside of the breeding season, spending most of their lives gliding and pattering along, as they pick planktonic food items from along the ocean’s surface. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Procellariiformes-Hydrobatidae-Oceanitinae-Pelagodroma-P. marina

Images; JJ Harrison and Aviceda

Fahaka Pufferfish (Tetraodon lineatus)
Also known as the Nile Puffer, Lineatus Puffer, or the Globe Fish, the fahaka pufferfish is a species of tropical freshwater pufferfish (Tetraodontidae) which occurs in the Nile River and other river basins in Africa. Like other pufferfish, when disturbed T. lineatus boasts the ability to inflate when threatened and carries the toxin Tetrodoxin. Fahaka pufferfish are primarily molluscivorous and will forage in the benthic zone for freshwater mussels and snails. 
Classification
Animalia-Chordata-Actinopterygii-Tetraodontiformes-Tetraodontidae-Tetraodon-T. lineatus
Image: Earedien

Fahaka Pufferfish (Tetraodon lineatus)

Also known as the Nile Puffer, Lineatus Puffer, or the Globe Fish, the fahaka pufferfish is a species of tropical freshwater pufferfish (Tetraodontidae) which occurs in the Nile River and other river basins in Africa. Like other pufferfish, when disturbed T. lineatus boasts the ability to inflate when threatened and carries the toxin Tetrodoxin. Fahaka pufferfish are primarily molluscivorous and will forage in the benthic zone for freshwater mussels and snails. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Actinopterygii-Tetraodontiformes-Tetraodontidae-Tetraodon-T. lineatus

Image: Earedien

Yellow-bellied Bee Assassin (Apiomerus flaviventris)
…a species of Harpactorine assassin bug which is occurs in Arizona and California and Mexico. True to their common names adult A. flaviventris are predatory on bees, using their sharp rostrums to infect digestive enzymes into their prey. Yellow-bellied bee assassins are known to extract resins from plants and apply them to their eggs as defenses against other insects like ants. 
Classification
Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Hemiptera-Heteroptera-Cimicomorpha-Reduviidae-Harpactorinae-Apiomerus-A. flaviventris
Image: ©Anthony Gould

Yellow-bellied Bee Assassin (Apiomerus flaviventris)

…a species of Harpactorine assassin bug which is occurs in Arizona and California and Mexico. True to their common names adult A. flaviventris are predatory on bees, using their sharp rostrums to infect digestive enzymes into their prey. Yellow-bellied bee assassins are known to extract resins from plants and apply them to their eggs as defenses against other insects like ants. 

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Hemiptera-Heteroptera-Cimicomorpha-Reduviidae-Harpactorinae-Apiomerus-A. flaviventris

Image: ©Anthony Gould

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 Catopuma 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-Catopuma-C. 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 Catopuma 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-Catopuma-C. 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