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 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

 

"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

Lebrunia danae
…is an unusual species of Aliciid sea anemone that occurs in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Like many sea anemones L. danae typically inhabits reef environments at depths ranging from 2-60 m. Unlike other sea anemones L. danae's tentacles are hidden by a ring of six branching pseudotentacles around the oral disc. When L. danae comes in contact with a prey item to pseudotentacles will retract and the true tentacles (which are armed with nematoctsts) will take the prey and move it towards the mouth.
Classification
Animalia-Cnidaria-Anthozoa-Hexacorallia-Actiniaria-Aliciidae-Lebruina-L. danae
Image: Fernando Herranz Martín

Lebrunia danae

…is an unusual species of Aliciid sea anemone that occurs in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Like many sea anemones L. danae typically inhabits reef environments at depths ranging from 2-60 m. Unlike other sea anemones L. danae's tentacles are hidden by a ring of six branching pseudotentacles around the oral disc. When L. danae comes in contact with a prey item to pseudotentacles will retract and the true tentacles (which are armed with nematoctsts) will take the prey and move it towards the mouth.

Classification

Animalia-Cnidaria-Anthozoa-Hexacorallia-Actiniaria-Aliciidae-Lebruina-L. danae

Image: Fernando Herranz Martín

Anonymous asked
Hello love your blog. I wanted to ask what other insects do you know that tend to bite people besides mosquitoes?

Hi. Well most insects will bite if adequately provoked, but significantly less will bite to feed like mosquitoes do. Some of the notable ones are other biting flies like Horse Flies, biting midges, Black Flies, and Sand Flies. Bed Bugs, Kissing BugsFleas, and Lice will do this as well. Also although they are arachnids and not insects Ticks and certain Mites will do this too. 

Also interestingly butterflies and moths will sometimes feed on blood as well. This is rare though and usually done when they need lack liquid nutrients, and even then they prefer other sources like sweat and wet soil. However there is one genus (Calyptra) of moths which are known to actively feed on human blood

Pygmy Falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus)

Also known as the African Pygmy Falcon, P. semitorquatus is a small species of falcon, that occurs in eastern and southern Africa. The population in eastern Africa (P. s. castanotus) occurs from Sudan to Somalia south to Uganda and Tanzania. The population in southern Africa (P. s. semitorquatus) occurs from Angola to South Africa.

True to its common name P. semitorquatus is very small at only 19-20 cm long, making it the smallest raptor in Africa. Pygmy falcons typically inhabit dry bush habitats and will feed on insects, small mammals, birds, and reptiles. Pygmy falcons will usually in the nests of weavers, and even though they feed on bird will rarely go after their weaver neighbors.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Falconiformes-Falconidae-Polihierax-P. semitorquatus

Images: Steve Garvie and Bob

Anonymous asked
From your knowledge, would you say porifera or ctenophora are the most basal animals? Just out of curiousity, I want to see what you think of this :)

I’m pretty sure it was recently? discovered that poriferans were actually more closely related to cnidarians and the ctenophores are the most basal animals known. 

I also am interested to see where Trichoplax research is heading as well.