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).

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Family Polioptilidae: A family of passerine birds commonly known as "Gnatcatchers". All gnatcatchers are native to the New World, being found in both North and South America. Gnatcatchers are close relatives of the wrens and some species are known as "Gnatwrens".

Image: Erikwlyon

 

Mertensia ovum

Commonly known as the “Arctic Comb Jelly” or “Sea Nut” Mertensia ovum is a species of cydippid ctenophore that occurs in Arctic and polar seas. Like many other ctenophores M. ovum is weakly bioluminescent and can produce a striking rainbow effect by beating their eight rows of cilia. Mertensia ovum is a carnivore and will feed on copepods and other small crustaceans that are snagged by its two sticky tentacles. 

Classification

Animalia-Ctenophora-Tentaculata-Cydippida-Merensiidae-Mertensia-M. ovum

Images: NOAA and Giro720


hey i was wondering if you could confirm what this raptor is, they’re everywhere around my grandmother’s region which is basically inbetween of Novosibirsk and Irkutsk, Russia.
my guess is that it might be a subspecies of common buzzard that happens to have less white? (they’re all dark like that)

This is not actually a common buzzard (which is what I thought initially too), but a Black Kite (Milvus migrans).

hey i was wondering if you could confirm what this raptor is, they’re everywhere around my grandmother’s region which is basically inbetween of Novosibirsk and Irkutsk, Russia.

my guess is that it might be a subspecies of common buzzard that happens to have less white? (they’re all dark like that)

This is not actually a common buzzard (which is what I thought initially too), but a Black Kite (Milvus migrans).

Great-billed Heron (Ardea sumatrana)
…a large species of heron (Ardeidae) that is occurs throughout southeast Asia, Papua New Guinea and parts of Australia. Great-billed herons typically inhabit coastal areas like islands, coral reefs, mangroves, rivers, and occasionally inland lakes. Like other large herons great-billed herons will feed in shallow water and will spear fish with is sharp bill.
Classification
Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Pelecaniformes-Ardeidae-Ardea-A. sumatrana
Image: jacobusmulder

Great-billed Heron (Ardea sumatrana)

…a large species of heron (Ardeidae) that is occurs throughout southeast Asia, Papua New Guinea and parts of Australia. Great-billed herons typically inhabit coastal areas like islands, coral reefs, mangroves, rivers, and occasionally inland lakes. Like other large herons great-billed herons will feed in shallow water and will spear fish with is sharp bill.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Pelecaniformes-Ardeidae-Ardea-A. sumatrana

Image: jacobusmulder

Family Berothidae (Beaded Lacewings)

Berothidae is a family of Neuropteran insects commonly known as beaded lacewings. With 22 genera and ~100 species beaded lacewings are found worldwide, but are typically restricted to subtropical and tropical areas. Much is still known of their biology/ecology but it is known that Berothids will lay their eggs on wood near termite nests. Some larvae will live with and prey on the their termite hosts, using a gas discharged from their anus to immobilize the termites. Adult Berothids are thought to not feed at all.

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Neuroptera-Hemerobiiformia-Berothidae

Image(s): ©Cotinis

"Boring Clam" (Tridanca corcea)
Also known as the Crocus Clam, Corcea Clam or Saffron-coloured Clam, Tidanca corcea is a species of Tridacnid clam that is widely distributed throughout the west Pacific. Like most bivalves boring clams are filter feeders and will siphon nutrients from the water around them. Despite what its common name might suggest Tridanca corcea is actually quite interesting and will bore itself into hard substrates to keep itself affixed.
Classification
Animalia-Mollusca-Bivalvia-Veneroida-Tridacnidae-Tridanca-T. crocea
Image: Line1

"Boring Clam" (Tridanca corcea)

Also known as the Crocus Clam, Corcea Clam or Saffron-coloured Clam, Tidanca corcea is a species of Tridacnid clam that is widely distributed throughout the west Pacific. Like most bivalves boring clams are filter feeders and will siphon nutrients from the water around them. Despite what its common name might suggest Tridanca corcea is actually quite interesting and will bore itself into hard substrates to keep itself affixed.

Classification

Animalia-Mollusca-Bivalvia-Veneroida-Tridacnidae-Tridanca-T. crocea

Image: Line1

Anonymous asked
What is your opinion on cryptids? do you believe that there are large, undiscovered species out there?

Totally! What do you think my heavily researched post about the existence of mermaids was some sort of extremely sarcastic joke?

White-headed Buffalo Weaver (Dinemellia dinemellia)

…a species of Weaver (Ploceidae) that native to Eastern Africa, occurring in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Like other weavers D. dinemellia typically inhabits savannas and shrublands, especially those with Acacia thickets and dry brush. White-headed buffalo weavers are highly gregarious, and will forage for a wide range of insects, fruit, and seeds in mixed flocks with other birds (usually starlings). True to their family name White-headed Buffalo Weavers will construct intricate nests which usually have several “rooms” and defensive thorns on the outside.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Passeriformes-Ploceidae-Dinemellia-D. dinemellia

Images: Bob and Derek Ramsey

Hi, I am a biology student and I need the scientific name of rainbow jellyfish. Can you help me please please please :D

This specific species is a species of ctenophore discovered off the coast of Tasmania in 2009, and I don’t think it has been formally described just yet. However, there are numerous ctenophore species (which are not actually jellyfish at all and predate their existence) which look similar to this one which are described like: Bolinopsis infundibuliformis or Mnemiopsis leidyi

Genus: Atopodentatus
…an extinct genus of unusual marine reptiles that are known from the early Middle Triassic of southwestern China. Currently the genus Atopodentatus houses only a single species A. unicus, which was discovered in Yunnan, China. A. unicus is noted for its bizarre upper mandible which has teeth running along its jawline and up a vertical split in the middle, giving it a zipper-like appearance. Due to A. unicus’ unusual dentition it is thought that is was likely a filter feeder, sifting invertebrates out of the ocean floor.
Classification
Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Atopodentatus
Image: Nobu Tamura

Genus: Atopodentatus

…an extinct genus of unusual marine reptiles that are known from the early Middle Triassic of southwestern China. Currently the genus Atopodentatus houses only a single species A. unicus, which was discovered in Yunnan, China. A. unicus is noted for its bizarre upper mandible which has teeth running along its jawline and up a vertical split in the middle, giving it a zipper-like appearance. Due to A. unicus’ unusual dentition it is thought that is was likely a filter feeder, sifting invertebrates out of the ocean floor.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Atopodentatus

Image: Nobu Tamura

"Calico Crab" (Hepatus epheliticus)
Also known as the “Dolly Varden Crab” Hepatus epheliticus is a colorful species Aethrid crab that occurs in shallow water in the western Atlantic Ocean, ranging from the Chesapeake Bay to the Dominican Republic. Calico crabs are typically seen in areas with sand/muddy substrates and is often seen buried in the sand with its only its eyes exposed. H. epheliticus is also often seen carrying the sea anemone Calliactis tricolor on its back for protection.
Classification
Animalia-Arthropoda-Crustacea-Malacostraca-Decapoda-Brachyura-Aethridae-Hepatus-H. epheliticus
Image: Dawson

"Calico Crab" (Hepatus epheliticus)

Also known as the “Dolly Varden Crab” Hepatus epheliticus is a colorful species Aethrid crab that occurs in shallow water in the western Atlantic Ocean, ranging from the Chesapeake Bay to the Dominican Republic. Calico crabs are typically seen in areas with sand/muddy substrates and is often seen buried in the sand with its only its eyes exposed. H. epheliticus is also often seen carrying the sea anemone Calliactis tricolor on its back for protection.

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Crustacea-Malacostraca-Decapoda-Brachyura-Aethridae-Hepatus-H. epheliticus

Image: Dawson

thebrainscoop:

#AttenboroughWeek starts April 21st! 

The BBC is celebrating the life and work of Sir David Attenborough all next week with commemorative video releases and encouraging dialogue about his extensive life’s work. I participated in a video retelling my favorite Attenborough moment that was uploaded to EarthUnplugged today. 

Sir David’s documentary legacy has been incredibly influential to me. Watching the Planet Earth series was the first time I ever felt a personal connection to and responsibility for this planet we share. I believe strongly in the power of community, shared knowledge, and the desire to work towards better environmental health, and we can do that if we choose to embody the respect for our world that David speaks to regularly. 

What is your favorite David Attenborough moment!?

Varied Sittella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera)

Also known as the “Australian Nuthatch”, Orange-winged Sitella or Barkpecker the varied sitella is a small species of Sitella (Neosittidae) a family of passerine birds that resemble nuthatches that are endemic to Australasia. Varied sitellas are native to Australia and New Guinea and typically inhabit forested areas. Like nuthatches varied sitellas forage in trees, descending downwards, for insects and seeds.

True to its common name D. chrysoptera's appearance can be quite varied, and usually changes with range. Causing it to have many names/appearances in different locations.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Passeriformes-Neotsittidae-Daphoenositta-D. chrysoptera

Image(s): Aviceda

Aniculus maximus
Commonly known as the “Hairy Yellow Hermit Crab” or the “Large Hairy Hermit Crab” Aniculus maximus is a species of ‘left-handed hermit crab’ (Diogenidae) that is widely distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific. True to its common name Aniculus maximus’ legs are covered with hair-like setae, which may aid in collecting food. Like other hermit crabs Aniculus maximus is an opportunistic omnivore feeding on a wide variety of organisms and organic matter.
Classification
Animalia-Arthropoda-Crustacea-Malacostraca-Decapoda-Paguroidea-Diogenidae-Aniculus-A. maximus
Image: ErgoSum88

Aniculus maximus

Commonly known as the “Hairy Yellow Hermit Crab” or the “Large Hairy Hermit Crab” Aniculus maximus is a species of ‘left-handed hermit crab’ (Diogenidae) that is widely distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific. True to its common name Aniculus maximus’ legs are covered with hair-like setae, which may aid in collecting food. Like other hermit crabs Aniculus maximus is an opportunistic omnivore feeding on a wide variety of organisms and organic matter.

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Crustacea-Malacostraca-Decapoda-Paguroidea-Diogenidae-Aniculus-A. maximus

Image: ErgoSum88

Warty Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus)
Also known as the Clown Frogfish, the warty frogfish is a species of frogfish (Antennariidae) that inhabits tropical waters in the Indo-Pacific, ranging from Mauritius to the western Pacific. Like other frogfish Antennarius maculatus is a benthic species and inhabits sheltered rocky and coral reefs. Adult A. maculatus typically associate themselves with sponges, using camouflage to ambush any animal that wanders too close.
Classification
Animalia-Chordata-Actinopterygii-Lophiiformes-Antennariidae-Antenarius-A. maculatus
Image: Thesupermat

Warty Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus)

Also known as the Clown Frogfish, the warty frogfish is a species of frogfish (Antennariidae) that inhabits tropical waters in the Indo-Pacific, ranging from Mauritius to the western Pacific. Like other frogfish Antennarius maculatus is a benthic species and inhabits sheltered rocky and coral reefs. Adult A. maculatus typically associate themselves with sponges, using camouflage to ambush any animal that wanders too close.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Actinopterygii-Lophiiformes-Antennariidae-Antenarius-A. maculatus

Image: Thesupermat

Rockwarbler (Origma solitaria)
Also known as the “Origma”, the rockwarbler is a species of Australasian warbler (Acanthizidae) that is the sole member of the genus Origma. Rockwarblers are endemic to the central eastern New South Wales in Australia. True to their common names Rockwarblers are typically seen foraging for insects with in woodlands with sandstone or limestone.
Classification
Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Passeriformes-Acanthizidae-Origma-O. solitaria
Image: lostandcold

Rockwarbler (Origma solitaria)

Also known as the “Origma”, the rockwarbler is a species of Australasian warbler (Acanthizidae) that is the sole member of the genus Origma. Rockwarblers are endemic to the central eastern New South Wales in Australia. True to their common names Rockwarblers are typically seen foraging for insects with in woodlands with sandstone or limestone.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Passeriformes-Acanthizidae-Origma-O. solitaria

Image: lostandcold