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

 

American Pika (Ochotona princeps)

…is not a rodent but a species of lagomorph found throughout the mountains of Western North America. Like its rabbit/hare relatives the American Pika is a strict herbivore often found feeding on grasses, thistles and vegetation. Like all rock dwelling pikas the American Pika lacks the large large back legs that rabbits have and has more spaced out toes for gripping rocks. Despite their listing as least concern, the American Pika is in decline as their mountainous habitat is under direct attack from climate change. Pikas are extremely sensitive to heat and will die fairly quickly when exposed to temperatures higher than 75°F. The Pikas in Peril Project is currently working on saving the American and other Pika species in the United States.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Lagomorpha-Ochotonidae-Ochotona-princeps

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