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 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

 

Coconut Crab

(Birgus latro)


Also known as the robber crab or the palm thief. is a large species of terrestrial hermit crab it can grow up to 9 pounds and 1m from tip to tip and can live up to 60 years , they are found on several islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean notable Christmas Island. it is the only species in the genus Birgus. they cannot swim and will drown if put in water which is a big problem for them as they lay their eggs in water. they eat coconuts (thus the name) fruits and nuts but will eat meat if given the chance. there are two morphs a reddish morph and a blue morph. there pinch is very painful and they will not loosen it’s hold. they are also known for a very very good sense of smell

Phylogeney

Animalia-Arthropoda-Crustacea-Malacostraca-Decapoda-Paguroidea-Coenobitidae-Birgus

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