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

 

Pyura chilensis

is a species of tunicate or sea squirt commonly found off the coasts of Chile and Peru. P.chilensis is commonly described as a rock with organs as it is very similar in shape and coloration to a rock, this is probably a type of camouflage to help protect the animal in its sessile filter feeding lifestyle. All Pyura are born male and then at “puberty” the animal becomes hermaphroditic and spawns. Pyura despite their unappealing looks are fished and are a staple in several South American dishes. As the vanadium it secretes makes a strong flavor.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Tunicata-Ascidiacea-Pleurogona-Stolidobranchia-Pyuridae-pyura-chilensis

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