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

 

Pillar Coral (Dendrogyra cylindricus)

…a species of hard coral that is found in the western Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean sea. Pillar corals are usually found in warmer waters and grow on level or slightly sloping parts of the reef. Pillar corals are zooxanthellates, meaning they have symbiotic dinoflagellates living within their tissue. The dinoflagellates will photosynthesize and feed the coral, in turn the dinoflagellates benefit off of the coral’s nitrogenous wastes. Like other hard corals pillar coral colonies slow-growing and long-lived species 

Phylogeny

Cnidaria-Anthozoa-Scleractina-Faviina-Meandrinidae-Dendrogyra-D.cylindricus

Images: Agami and Harold Hudson

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