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


Velvet Whalefish (Barbourisia rufa)

…a species of deep-sea whalefish and the only member of its family, the velvet whalefish is native to the waters of the Pacific near Japan and New Zealand. As its name suggests the velvet whalefish has a whale-shaped body and is completely red, this red coloration makes it functionally invisible in the deep sea. Little is known of their habits but it is believed they feed mostly on crustaceans. Immature whalefish journey to the lower mesopelagic zone at night to feed on copepods. When male velvet whalefish transition to adults they will develop a large liver and their jaws fuse shut. They can no longer eat but survive off of the energy stored in their liver.



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