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  • September 4, 2014
  • 06:59 AM

Syringammina fragilissima: World's largest unicellular organism

by beredim in Strange Animals

Syringammina fragilissimaCredit:  Andy GoodayKingdom: RhizariaPhylum: ForaminiferaClass: XenophyophoreaOrder: PsamminidaFamily: SyringamminidaeGenus: SyringamminaSpecies: Syringammina fragilissimaCommon name: NoneHard to imagine that the sponge-like thing in the photo is actually comprised of just one cell, right? Meet Syringammina fragilissima, the world's largest unicellular organism, with a maximum diameter of at least 20 cm (~8 in)!Discovery & HistoryThe species was first descr........ Read more »

Laureillard, J., Méjanelle, L., & Sibuet, M. (2004) Use of lipids to study the trophic ecology of deep-sea xenophyophores. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 129-140. DOI: 10.3354/meps270129  

  • September 1, 2014
  • 07:56 AM

New Clues Revealed about the Longevity of Naked Mole Rats

by beredim in Strange Animals

Naked Mole RatCredit: UT Health Science Center at San AntonioThe hairless, odd-looking creature in the photo is a naked mole rat (Heterocephalus glaber).Among many weird traits, the species also holds the record for longest living rodent. For comparison, the house mouse (Mus musculus) has a maximum lifespan of just 2-3 years, whereas naked mole rats have been recorded to live as much as 32 years!The exact mechanisms behind the species remarkable longevity have yet to be clearly unveiled, ho........ Read more »

  • August 29, 2014
  • 06:38 AM

Fish with Lungs Gives Clues to the Origin of Tetrapods

by beredim in Strange Animals

Juvenile Polypterus senegalusAbout 400 million years ago, fish left the water and began to evolve into land-living creatures. But how did this transition happen? In a new and unusual study, researchers from the McGill University took a fish species known to be able to occasionally walk using its fins and raised it on land. The scientists found that when raised on land, this primitive strange fish with lungs, walks much better than its water-raised friends. The experiment could she........ Read more »

  • August 16, 2014
  • 06:08 AM

The Mata mata turtle

by beredim in Strange Animals

Kingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: ReptiliaOrder: TestudinesFamily: ChelidaeGenus: ChelusSpecies: Chelus fimbriataConservation Status: Least ConcernCommon Name(s): Mata mata, Mata mata turtle, Matamata and other similar variationsMata mata, a strange name for what is sure one of the world's strangest turtles! This large, South American river turtle is the only surviving species of the genus Chelus and is easily one of the most unusual creatures you are likely to encounter in the Amazon........ Read more »

  • August 1, 2014
  • 03:11 AM

Floating Fried Eggs

by beredim in Strange Animals

Fried Egg JellyfishCotylorhiza tuberculataThe common name says it all. This weird-looking jellyfish literally looks like a fried egg! Scientifically known as Cotylorhiza tuberculata, it is one of the two jellyfish species that resemble a fried egg. The other one is Phacellophora camtschatica. Not surprisingly, it also goes by the same name.They may look tasty, but you probably don't want to have one for breakfast! However, you can have a lot of fun with C. tuberculata. This jellyfish has a ........ Read more »

  • July 18, 2014
  • 08:51 AM

Scientists Create Alcohol-Resistant Worms That Might Cure Alcoholism

by beredim in Strange Animals

Image showing the effects of alchohol in Caenorhabditis elegans and..humansCredit: Jon Pierce-Shimomura from The University of Texas, Austin.A couple of days ago, a team of neuroscientists from the University of Texas, Austin announced that they have created a new strain of mutant worms which is impervious to the intoxicating effects of alcohol!To create the alcohol-immune worms, the researchers implanted a modified human alcohol target – a neuronal channel called the BK channel SLO-1 tha........ Read more »

  • July 8, 2014
  • 06:56 AM

Striped Pyjama Squid

by beredim in Strange Animals

Striped Pyjama SquidKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: MolluscaClass: CephalopodaOrder: SepiidaFamily: SepioloideaGenus: SepioloideaSpecies: Sepioloidea  lineolataConservation Status: Not yet assessedCommon name(s): Striped Pyjama Squid, Striped Dumpling SquidUnlike other strange animals that have been previously featured on the site, it's pretty much obvious why the striped pyjama squid was named this way. Although technically a cuttlefish and not a squid, it does look like it’s wearing strip........ Read more »

  • July 6, 2014
  • 11:07 AM

New Species of Spider Wasp Uses Ant Corpses to Protect Its Nests

by beredim in Strange Animals

A newly discovered wasp species uses the corpses of dead ants as scarecrows, to protect its nest from predators, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Freiburg. Scientifically described as Deuteragenia ossarium and dubbed as the Bone-house wasp, the species uses the chemical cues from ant corpses to ward off predators, by stuffing them into the crevices of its home. The species was discovered in Jiangxi Province in south east China.Wasps use a wide range of ........ Read more »

  • June 14, 2014
  • 04:00 PM

David VS Goliath: How a tiny Israeli spider preys on ants four times its size

by beredim in Strange Animals

Juvenile Zodarion cyrenaicum (red circle) feeding on the gaster of a much larger antCredit: Stano PekárIn nature, the general rule is that big fish eats little fish. Obviously, this doesn't apply exclusively to fish!However, every rule has an exception. One such notable exception is Zodarion cyrenaicum, a tiny spider from the Negev desert, Israel that feeds almost exclusively on the 4-times bigger Messor arenarius ant.M. arenarius ants grow to be up to 1.7 cm (~0.6 in.) long and ........ Read more »

  • June 10, 2014
  • 02:53 PM

Australia's thorny dragon

by beredim in Strange Animals

Thorny dragonKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: ReptiliaOrder: SquamataFamily: AgamidaeGenus: MolochSpecies: Moloch horridusConservation Status: Not yet assessedCommon name(s): Thorny dragon, thorny lizard, thorny devil, mountain devil and molochThe thorny dragon is a small, scary-looking species of lizard occurring exclusively in Australia and is the sole species of the genus Moloch. It's a truly bizarre creature, with no other lizard in the world coming remot........ Read more »

  • May 31, 2014
  • 12:16 PM

Paedophryne amauensis: World's smallest vertebrate (and frog)

by beredim in Strange Animals

Paedophryne amauensis dwarfed by a  mere U.S. dimeKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: AmphibiaOrder: AnuraFamily: MicrohylidaeGenus: PaedophryneSpecies: Paedophryne amauensisConservation Status: Not yet assessedCommon name(s): None yetAbout three years ago, I had made a post about Eleutherodactylus cosnipatae, the world's smallest frog species. I am currently in the process of updating all the older posts with new information and this is how I found that E.cosnipatae........ Read more »

  • May 25, 2014
  • 03:05 PM

Bigfin squids: Aliens from the deep

by beredim in Strange Animals

A long-arm squid filmed by DSV Alvin,possibly an adult bigfin squidKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: MolluscaClass: CephalopodaOrder: TeuthidaFamily: MagnapinnidaeGenus: MagnapinnaSpecies: 5 (scroll down for full list)Common name(s): Long-arm squid, Bigfin squidThe Bigfin squid is a poorly understood group of cephalopods of the Magnapinnidae family. For now, the little knowledge we have about them, comes from larval, paralarval, and juvenile specimens, as researche........ Read more »

  • May 13, 2014
  • 02:33 PM

Yellow boxfish - Cute little swimming cubes

by beredim in Strange Animals

Juvenile Yellow BoxfishKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: ActinopterygiiOrder: TetraodontiformesFamily: OstraciidaeGenus: OstracionSpecies: Ostracion cubicusConservation Status: Not assessed, not believed to be threatenedCommon Name: Yellow boxfish, Cubicus Boxfish, Polka-dot BoxfishToday's post is about a fish that can only be described as astonishingly cute. It's commonly known as the Yellow boxfish and can be found in reefs throughout the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocea........ Read more »

  • May 3, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

Bio-duck mystery solved after 50 years

by beredim in Strange Animals

Bio-duck is the nickname given to a strange, quack-like sound which has baffled researchers since the 1960s, when. the first bio-duck sounds were reported by sonar operators on Oberon class submarines.Since then, these strange quacking sounds have been frequently recorded in the waters around the Antarctic and western Australia. They are audible within frequencies from 50 to 300 Hz, with the duration of each call being 1.6 to 3.1 seconds. The sounds are recorded from October till December, not t........ Read more »

Risch D, Gales NJ, Gedamke J, Kindermann L, Nowacek DP, Read AJ, Siebert U, Van Opzeeland IC, Van Parijs SM, & Friedlaender AS. (2014) Mysterious bio-duck sound attributed to the Antarctic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis). Biology letters, 10(4), 20140175. PMID: 24759372  

  • April 19, 2014
  • 12:51 PM

First female “penis” discovered in cave-dwelling insects

by beredim in Strange Animals

Image showing the female penis of N. auroraCredit: Current Biology, Yoshizawa et al.Kingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ArthropodaClass: InsectaOrder: PsocopteraFamily: PrionoglarididaeGenus: NeotroglaSpecies: N. aurora, N. curvet and 2 otherThis Thursday, researchers announced that they have discovered several insect species that display the "world's first" known instance of gender-reversed genitalia. In simple words, they have found 4 insect species with female... "penises." and male "vaginae"!........ Read more »

  • April 7, 2014
  • 11:02 AM

Illacme plenipes - World's leggiest creature

by beredim in Strange Animals

Illacme plenipesCredit: Paul Marek et. al.Kingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ArthropodaClass: Diplopoda Order: Siphonophorida Family: SiphonorhinidaeGenus: IllacmeSpecies: Illacme plenipesConservation Status: Not officially assessed, possibly threatened by extinctionCommon Name: NoneDespite their name, we have yet to discover a millipede species that has one thousand legs. However, the rare Illacme plenipes comes very close to this number, with one recorded specimen having 750 legs.The species has on........ Read more »

  • March 27, 2014
  • 11:19 AM

Orangutan goes spearfishing

by beredim in Strange Animals

Just came across this extraordinary photo, taken by Gerd Schuster co-author of Thinkers of the Jungle: The Orangutan Report, showing an orangutan spearfishing in Borneo.Apparently, the orangutan had witnessed the locals fishing with spears and attempted to do the same, albeit with not much success. Monkey see, monkey do..The description of the photo in the book reads:"…a male orangutan, clinging precariously to overhanging branches, flails the water with a pole, trying desperately to spear a p........ Read more »

Galdikas, B. (1989) Orangutan tool use. Science, 243(4888), 152-152. DOI: 10.1126/science.2911726  

O'Malley RC, & McGrew WC. (2000) Oral tool use by captive orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus). Folia primatologica; international journal of primatology, 71(5), 334-41. PMID: 11093037  

Schaik, C., Fox, E., & Sitompul, A. (1996) Manufacture and use of tools in wild Sumatran orangutans. Naturwissenschaften, 83(4), 186-188. DOI: 10.1007/BF01143062  

van Schaik CP, Ancrenaz M, Borgen G, Galdikas B, Knott CD, Singleton I, Suzuki A, Utami SS, & Merrill M. (2003) Orangutan cultures and the evolution of material culture. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5603), 102-5. PMID: 12511649  

  • March 26, 2014
  • 04:01 PM

Saiga antelope

by beredim in Strange Animals

Kingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: MammaliaOrder: ArtiodactylaFamily: BovidaeGenus: SaigaSpecies: Saiga tataricaConservation Status: Critically EndangeredCommon Name: Saiga antelope, SaigaSaigas are nomadic animals, best known for their distinctive enlarged noses that hang down over their mouth. The species originally inhabited a vast area, covering the steppes and semi-desert regions of south-eastern Europe and Central Asia from the Precaspian steppes to ........ Read more »

  • March 6, 2014
  • 11:03 AM

Giraffe Weevil (Trachelophorus giraffa)

by beredim in Strange Animals

Giraffe weevilKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ArthropodaClass: InsectaOrder: ColeopteraFamily: AttelabidaeGenus: TrachelophorusSpecies: Trachelophorus giraffaConservation Status: Not assessedCommon Name: Giraffe weevil, leaf-rolling weevils (used for all Attelabidae species)The giraffe weevil is a weevil species endemic to the forests of Madagascar. It was discovered in 2008, hence little is known about it. As you have probably guessed, its named this way due to ........ Read more »

  • March 3, 2014
  • 06:36 AM

Promachoteuthis sulcus - The squid with the human like teeth

by beredim in Strange Animals

Kingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: MolluscaClass: CephalopodaOrder: TeuthidaFamily: PromachoteuthidaeGenus: PromachoteuthisSpecies: Promachoteuthis sulcusConservation Status: UnknownCommon Names: The squid with human teethThis weird, alien looking creature is called Promachoteuthis sulcus. It is a rare, newly discovered deep-sea squid, best known for its human-like mouth. The species is only known by one specimen that was caught in 2007, in the nets of the German r........ Read more »

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