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

 

Oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus)
Also known as the Little spotted cat or tirgillo, the oncilla is a small species of spotted cat that is native to montane and tropical rainforests in Central and South America, ranging from Costa Rica through northern Argentina south to southern Brazil. Like other small cats oncilla are chiefly nocturnal and terrestrial, feeding on a wide range of small vertebrates and occasionally invertebrates. 
Currently Leopardus tigrinus is listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN, as they face threats from deforestation and poaching for their pelts.
Classification
Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Carnivora-Felidae-Leopardus-L. tigrinus
Image: Tambako The Jaguar

Oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus)

Also known as the Little spotted cat or tirgillo, the oncilla is a small species of spotted cat that is native to montane and tropical rainforests in Central and South America, ranging from Costa Rica through northern Argentina south to southern Brazil. Like other small cats oncilla are chiefly nocturnal and terrestrial, feeding on a wide range of small vertebrates and occasionally invertebrates. 

Currently Leopardus tigrinus is listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN, as they face threats from deforestation and poaching for their pelts.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Carnivora-Felidae-Leopardus-L. tigrinus

Image: Tambako The Jaguar

Black Bittern (Ixobrychus flavicollis)
…a species of Ixobrychus bittern (a secretive group of herons) which breeds in tropical Asia, ranging from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka east to China, Indonesia, and Australia. Like other bitterns in the genus Ixobrychus black bitterns are typically seen in reed beds where they will sulk undtectable through the reeds, feeding frogs, fish, crustaceans and insects which are caught in typical heron fashion (spearing them with their bill)
Classification
Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Pelecaniformes-Ardeidae-Ixobrychus-I. flavicollis
Image: Nabarunsadhya

Black Bittern (Ixobrychus flavicollis)

…a species of Ixobrychus bittern (a secretive group of herons) which breeds in tropical Asia, ranging from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka east to China, Indonesia, and Australia. Like other bitterns in the genus Ixobrychus black bitterns are typically seen in reed beds where they will sulk undtectable through the reeds, feeding frogs, fish, crustaceans and insects which are caught in typical heron fashion (spearing them with their bill)

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Pelecaniformes-Ardeidae-Ixobrychus-I. flavicollis

Image: Nabarunsadhya


hey dude, im doing a biology homework, and it would be very helpful if you could identify the insect in the image. Thanks :)

I don’t normally answer homework questions but I’ll make an exception since this is an ID. Anyways, I believe this guy is a male Pelecinid wasp (Pelecinus sp.) a member of small family which only houses one genus. Females have very distinct curved abdomens. Males are very seldom seen so nice find! Oh and also if you saw him in North America he would most likely be Pelecinus polyturator (the only species in NA)

hey dude, im doing a biology homework, and it would be very helpful if you could identify the insect in the image. Thanks :)

I don’t normally answer homework questions but I’ll make an exception since this is an ID. Anyways, I believe this guy is a male Pelecinid wasp (Pelecinus sp.) a member of small family which only houses one genus. Females have very distinct curved abdomens. Males are very seldom seen so nice find! Oh and also if you saw him in North America he would most likely be Pelecinus polyturator (the only species in NA)

Black Bambootail (Prodasineura verticalis)

…a species of threadtail damselfly (Protoneuridae) which occurs in China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand. Adult black bambootails are mainly active from August through December.  Like other damselflies black bambootails typically inhabit flowing streams and the banks of ponds and rivers, where they will feed on a range of insects. 

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Odonata-Zygoptera-Protoneuridae-Prodasineura-P. verticalis

Images: Jose Jeevan and Joydeep

Lumbricus badensis
…is a species of giant Lumbricid earthworm, which is endemic to the upper-elevation spruce forests of Germany’s Black Forest. Reaching lengths of around 60 cm (24.6) in length L. badensis is one of the largest European species of earthworm. Like other smaller earthworms Lumbricus badensis tunnels underground (typically 2.5 m (8 ft) deep) and feeds on organic matter, aerating the soil and contributing to the formation of humus as it moves. 
Classification
Animalia-Annelida-Clitellata-Oligochaeta-Haplotaxida-Lumbricidae-Lumbricus-L. badensis
Image: Naturschutzzentrum Südschwarzwald

Lumbricus badensis

…is a species of giant Lumbricid earthworm, which is endemic to the upper-elevation spruce forests of Germany’s Black Forest. Reaching lengths of around 60 cm (24.6) in length L. badensis is one of the largest European species of earthworm. Like other smaller earthworms Lumbricus badensis tunnels underground (typically 2.5 m (8 ft) deep) and feeds on organic matter, aerating the soil and contributing to the formation of humus as it moves. 

Classification

Animalia-Annelida-Clitellata-Oligochaeta-Haplotaxida-Lumbricidae-Lumbricus-L. badensis

Image: Naturschutzzentrum Südschwarzwald


Not sure what this little guy is, but I found him crawling on my lunch table in Central Pennsylvania.

You found yourself an aphid (Aphididae) of some sort. These guys like many other hemipterans feed directly on the juices of plants and many species are considered pests.
(Ladybird beetles also like eating them)

Not sure what this little guy is, but I found him crawling on my lunch table in Central Pennsylvania.

You found yourself an aphid (Aphididae) of some sort. These guys like many other hemipterans feed directly on the juices of plants and many species are considered pests.

(Ladybird beetles also like eating them)

Anonymous asked
Do you track any tags because there's a picture of a spider I want to ask about but I don't know how to send it through mobile

Not really. You can just give me a link to the post and that will work.

Marsh Deer (Blastocerus dichotomus)

…a large (the largest on their continent) species of deer (Cervidae) which is native to South America, where it occurs in Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. True to their common names, marsh deer typically inhabit wet marshy areas like the patanal and gran chaco. They are noted swimmers and can move through the water quite rapidly. Marsh deer feed on a wide variety of aquatic plants (some studies have documented over 40 different species!) with members of Graminae and Pontederiaceae making up most of their diet. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Artiodactyla-Cervidae-Odocoileinae-Blastocerus-B. dichotomus

Images: Jonathan Wilkins and Leonel Baldoni

Keratella cochlearis
…is a species of Brachionid rotifer which occurs in a variety of aquatic habitats worldwide, including freshwater, brackish, and marine habitats. Like all rotifers Keratella cochlearis is a plankton filter feeder, using its cilia lined corona to draw nutrients into its body.
Classification
Animalia-Rotifera-Eurotifra-Plomia-Brachionidae-Keratella-K. cochlearis
Image: Rajanala83

Keratella cochlearis

…is a species of Brachionid rotifer which occurs in a variety of aquatic habitats worldwide, including freshwater, brackish, and marine habitats. Like all rotifers Keratella cochlearis is a plankton filter feeder, using its cilia lined corona to draw nutrients into its body.

Classification

Animalia-Rotifera-Eurotifra-Plomia-Brachionidae-Keratella-K. cochlearis

Image: Rajanala83

William’s Dwarf Gecko (Lygodactylus williamsi)

Also known as the turquoise dwarf gecko, or the “electric blue gecko”, William’s dwarf gecko is a critically endangered species of gecko (Gekkonidae) which is endemic to a 8km2 (3 sq miles) area of the Kimboza Forest in eastern Tanzania. William’s dwarf geckos are only known to occur on the (endangered) screwpine Pandanus rabaiensis, where they will feed on insects, and drink nectar/water from its leaves. 

Lygodactylus williamsi is currently listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, as it faces major threats from over-collection for the international pet trade, and from the habitat loss/fragmentation of its already small range. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Squamata-Lacertilia-Gekkota-Gekkonidae-Gekkoninae-Lygodactylus-L. williamsi

Images: Esther Bock and WingedWolfPsion

Many-keeled Grass Skink (Eutropis carinata)
Also known as the Keeled Indian Mabuya or the “golden skink”, the many-keeled grass skink is a species of “Asian mabuya” (Eutropis spp.) which occurs in India (except the north-west area), Bangladesh, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Many-keeled grass skinks typically occur in a range of habitats, including rain forests, scrub forests, deserts, and even parks and gardens. They are also diurnal carnivores, feeding on a range of invertebrates and occasionally small vertebrates. 
Classification
Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Squamata-Lacertilia-Scincidae-Eutropis-E. carinata
Image: L. Shyamal

Many-keeled Grass Skink (Eutropis carinata)

Also known as the Keeled Indian Mabuya or the “golden skink”, the many-keeled grass skink is a species of “Asian mabuya” (Eutropis spp.) which occurs in India (except the north-west area), Bangladesh, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Many-keeled grass skinks typically occur in a range of habitats, including rain forests, scrub forests, deserts, and even parks and gardens. They are also diurnal carnivores, feeding on a range of invertebrates and occasionally small vertebrates. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Squamata-Lacertilia-Scincidae-Eutropis-E. carinata

Image: L. Shyamal

Mud Bithynia (Bithynia tentaculata)

Also known as the common bithynia or faucet snail, the mud bithynia is a species of freshwater birthyniid snail which boasts a palearctic distribution, but has been introduced into several areas in North America. Mud bityhnia typically inhabit slow-running freshwater habitats (like streams and lakes) where they will forage in the substrate for a variety of aquatic plant matter. 

Classification

Animalia-Mollusca-Gastropoda-Caenogastropoda-Hypsogastropoda-Littorinimorpha-Rissoidea-Bithyniidae-Bithynia-B. tentaculata

Image(s): Michal Manas 

Megarhyssa atrata
…is a species of Giant Ichneumon Wasp (Megarhyssa spp.) which is widely distributed throughout eastern North America, where it occurs in deciduous forests. Adult M. atrata are active from May to July ane are not known to feed. Like other Ichneumon wasps M. atrata are parasitoids of wood-boring insects, with adults using their long ovipositors to pierce tree bark to lay their young in insects inside.
Classification
Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Hymenoptera-Ichnemonoidea-Ichneumonidae-Rhyssinae-Megarhyssa-M. atrata
Image: ©Larry de March

Megarhyssa atrata

…is a species of Giant Ichneumon Wasp (Megarhyssa spp.) which is widely distributed throughout eastern North America, where it occurs in deciduous forests. Adult M. atrata are active from May to July ane are not known to feed. Like other Ichneumon wasps M. atrata are parasitoids of wood-boring insects, with adults using their long ovipositors to pierce tree bark to lay their young in insects inside.

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Hymenoptera-Ichnemonoidea-Ichneumonidae-Rhyssinae-Megarhyssa-M. atrata

Image: ©Larry de March

Paromola cuvieri
…is a species of porter crab (Homolidae) which occurs in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, from Angola to Norway and the Northern Islands. Paromola cuvieri is a demersal species, meaning that it occupies the demersal zone. Like other members of the family Homilidae P. cuvieri possesses a modified fifth pair of pereiopods, which it uses to place sessile invertebrates (Sponges, Cnidarians) onto its carapace to serve as a form of camouflage. 
Classification
Animalia-Arthropoda-Crustacea-Malacostraca-Decapoda-Brachyura-Dromiacea-Homolidae-Paromola-P. cuvieri
Image: Govern de les Illes Balears

Paromola cuvieri

…is a species of porter crab (Homolidae) which occurs in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, from Angola to Norway and the Northern Islands. Paromola cuvieri is a demersal species, meaning that it occupies the demersal zone. Like other members of the family Homilidae P. cuvieri possesses a modified fifth pair of pereiopods, which it uses to place sessile invertebrates (Sponges, Cnidarians) onto its carapace to serve as a form of camouflage. 

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Crustacea-Malacostraca-Decapoda-Brachyura-Dromiacea-Homolidae-Paromola-P. cuvieri

Image: Govern de les Illes Balears

Sand Partridge (Ammoperdix heyi)
…a species of Old World partridge (Perdicinae) which occurs from Egypt and Israel east to the south Arabian Peninsula. In southeast Turkey and east to Pakistan A. heyi is replaced by its similar relative A. griseogularis (the see-see partridge). Sand partridges are resident breeders in dry, open and hilly countryside, where they will forage for a wide variety of seeds and plant matter. They are also occasionally know to take insects as well. 
Classification
Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Galliformes-Phasianidae-Perdicinae-Ammoperdix-A. heyi
Image: Gelske Kwikkel

Sand Partridge (Ammoperdix heyi)

…a species of Old World partridge (Perdicinae) which occurs from Egypt and Israel east to the south Arabian Peninsula. In southeast Turkey and east to Pakistan A. heyi is replaced by its similar relative A. griseogularis (the see-see partridge). Sand partridges are resident breeders in dry, open and hilly countryside, where they will forage for a wide variety of seeds and plant matter. They are also occasionally know to take insects as well. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Galliformes-Phasianidae-Perdicinae-Ammoperdix-A. heyi

Image: Gelske Kwikkel