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

 

Genus: Aelurodon

…A extinct genus of bone-crushing dogs that existed in middle Miocene to early Pliocene North America. Like other borophagines this genushad powerful teeth and jaws that were used crush bones. They also had dew claws on their hind legs, a trait not found in modern wild dogs but is found in domestic dogs. Members of Aelurodon were somewhat smaller than most of their borophagine counterparts (like Borophagus and Epicyon) and were around the size of a modern wolf, some larger species like A.ferox were even thought to be pack hunters like wolves.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Carnivora-Canidae-Borophaginae-Aelurodon

Images: Xiaoming Wang and Richard Tedford and Jeff Kubina

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