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StrangeAnimals.info is a blog dedicated to the world's most odd,unusual and strange animals. Here you will find information, pictures and videos of animals that you will hardly believe they actually exist.

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  • January 1, 2011
  • 03:11 AM
  • 648 views

Kitti's Hog-nosed Bat: World's smallest bat

by beredim in Strange Animals

The Kitti's Hog-nosed Bat is a small animal, best known for being the world's smallest bat. Depending on how size is defined, it is also the world's smallest mammal, with a total length of 2.9 to 3.3 cm, roughly the size of a large bumblebee. No wonder why it is also known as the Bumblebee bat.... Read more »

  • December 31, 2010
  • 08:07 PM
  • 1,264 views

Naked Mole Rat: World's Strangest Rodent

by beredim in Strange Animals

The naked mole rat (Heterocephalus glaber) is arguably one of the strangest mammals out-there, combining all kinds of crazy adaptations. Some of them are the lack of pain sensation, a remarkably long lifespan, being the only known mammalian thermoconformer and one of the known mammals to form ant-like colonies... Not to mention its scary and alien-like appearance.... Read more »

Park TJ, Lu Y, Jüttner R, Smith ES, Hu J, Brand A, Wetzel C, Milenkovic N, Erdmann B, Heppenstall PA.... (2008) Selective inflammatory pain insensitivity in the African naked mole-rat (Heterocephalus glaber). PLoS biology, 6(1). PMID: 18232734  

Azpurua, J., Ke, Z., Chen, I., Zhang, Q., Ermolenko, D., Zhang, Z., Gorbunova, V., & Seluanov, A. (2013) Naked mole-rat has increased translational fidelity compared with the mouse, as well as a unique 28S ribosomal RNA cleavage. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(43), 17350-17355. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1313473110  

Seluanov A, Hine C, Azpurua J, Feigenson M, Bozzella M, Mao Z, Catania KC, & Gorbunova V. (2009) Hypersensitivity to contact inhibition provides a clue to cancer resistance of naked mole-rat. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106(46), 19352-7. PMID: 19858485  

Csiszar A, Labinskyy N, Orosz Z, Xiangmin Z, Buffenstein R, & Ungvari Z. (2007) Vascular aging in the longest-living rodent, the naked mole rat. American journal of physiology. Heart and circulatory physiology, 293(2). PMID: 17468332  

  • December 29, 2010
  • 12:11 PM
  • 1,430 views

Belgian Blue: The super cow

by Beredim in Strange Animals

If Arnold Schwarzenegger had a pet cow, it would most probably be Belgian Blue. These cows are incredibly muscled, toned and have very little fat. Interestingly, the breed has been created using the genetic power of selective breeding. No steroids or anabolics. Only natural bodybuilding here :P... Read more »

  • December 28, 2010
  • 03:27 AM
  • 1,009 views

Narwhal: Unicorns of the Sea

by beredim in Strange Animals

Also known as the "unicorn of the ocean," the narwhal (Monodon monoceros) is one of the rarest and strangest whales of the world. These elusive and mysterious creatures, are best known for their horn-like tusk on their faces. The tusk is actually an enlarged tooth. Some Narwhals (about 1 in 500) even have two tusks !... Read more »

Nweeia MT, Eichmiller FC, Hauschka PV, Tyler E, Mead JG, Potter CW, Angnatsiak DP, Richard PR, Orr JR, & Black SR. (2012) Vestigial tooth anatomy and tusk nomenclature for monodon monoceros. Anatomical record (Hoboken, N.J. : 2007), 295(6), 1006-16. PMID: 22467529  

Nweeia MT, Eichmiller FC, Hauschka PV, Donahue GA, Orr JR, Ferguson SH, Watt CA, Mead JG, Potter CW, Dietz R.... (2014) Sensory ability in the narwhal tooth organ system. Anatomical record (Hoboken, N.J. : 2007), 297(4), 599-617. PMID: 24639076  

Laidre, K., & Heide-Jorgensen, M. (2005) Winter feeding intensity of narwhals. Marine Mammal Science, 21(1), 45-57. DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2005.tb01207.x  

Watkins, W. (1971) Underwater Sounds of Monodon (Narwhal). The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 49(2B), 595. DOI: 10.1121/1.1912391  

Williams, Terrie M.; Noren, Shawn R.; Glenn, Mike. (2011) Extreme physiological adaptations as predictors of climate-change sensitivity in the narwhal, Mondon monceros. Marine Mammal Science. info:/10.1111/j.1748-7692.2010.00408.x

Laidre, K., & Heide-Jørgensen, M. (2005) Arctic sea ice trends and narwhal vulnerability. Biological Conservation, 121(4), 509-517. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2004.06.003  

  • December 25, 2010
  • 03:14 PM
  • 1,205 views

Platypus: The duck-billed, egg-laying mammal

by beredim in Strange Animals

The platypus is surely one of the world strangest and most bizarre animals. For example, other than the Echidna, its the only mammal to lay eggs. It's also one of the few known mammals with electroreception, or the ability to sense electrical fields produced by other animals. Want more? The platypus is also one of the very few animals that produce venom!... Read more »

Hall, B. (1999) The Paradoxical Platypus. BioScience, 49(3), 211. DOI: 10.2307/1313511  

Bethge, P., Munks, S., Otley, H., & Nicol, S. (2003) Diving behaviour, dive cycles and aerobic dive limit in the platypus Ornithorhynchus anatinus. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular , 136(4), 799-809. DOI: 10.1016/S1095-6433(03)00198-3  

Leon Hughes, R., & Hall, L. (1998) Early development and embryology of the platypus. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 353(1372), 1101-1114. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.1998.0269  

Manger PR, Hall LS, & Pettigrew JD. (1998) The development of the external features of the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus). Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 353(1372), 1115-25. PMID: 9720109  

  • December 24, 2010
  • 02:05 PM
  • 1,122 views

Echidna

by beredim in Strange Animals

Echidnas (also knowns as spiny anteaters) are primitive mammals with a series of very strange traits. For example, they are one of the very few surviving mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live youngs. They also have a very strange, 4-headed penis with a shaft covered with spines!... Read more »

Proske U, Gregory JE, & Iggo A. (1998) Sensory receptors in monotremes. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 353(1372), 1187-98. PMID: 9720114  

Grigg GC, Beard LA, Barnes JA, Perry LI, Fry GJ, & Hawkins M. (2003) Body temperature in captive long-beaked echidnas (Zaglossus bartoni). Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A, Molecular , 136(4), 911-6. PMID: 14667854  

Nicol SC, Andersen NA, Phillips NH, & Berger RJ. (2000) The echidna manifests typical characteristics of rapid eye movement sleep. Neuroscience letters, 283(1), 49-52. PMID: 10729631  

Johnston SD, Smith B, Pyne M, Stenzel D, & Holt WV. (2007) One-sided ejaculation of echidna sperm bundles. The American naturalist, 170(6). PMID: 18171162  

  • December 20, 2010
  • 09:11 AM
  • 549 views

The flightless Kiwi

by beredim in Strange Animals

Kiwi are flightless birds endemic to New Zealand, in the genus Apteryx and family Apterygidae. The post contains extensive information, images, videos and interesting facts about all 5 surviving species.... Read more »

  • December 19, 2010
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,086 views

Ocean Sunfish

by beredim in Strange Animals

The Ocean Sunfish (Mola Mola) is an unusual looking fish that holds the world's record for heaviest bony fish.... Read more »

  • December 17, 2010
  • 12:00 PM
  • 811 views

The yeti crab

by beredim in Strange Animals

The yeti crab is a newly discovered crustacean with an average length of 15 cm (5.9 inches).It has pincers that are covered with sinuous, hair-like strands (resembling fur).... Read more »

E. Macpherson, W. Jones . (2006) A new squat lobster family of Galatheoidea (Crustacea, Decapoda, Anomura) from the hydrothermal vents of the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge. Zoosystema. info:/

  • November 2, 2010
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,073 views

Rafflesia arnoldii

by beredim in Strange Animals

R. arnoldii is a plant best known for producing the largest flowers in the world and for its hideous, rotten flesh-like odor. The article contains images, videos and facts about this rare plant.... Read more »

Nikolov LA, Endress PK, Sugumaran M, Sasirat S, Vessabutr S, Kramer EM, & Davis CC. (2013) Developmental origins of the world's largest flowers, Rafflesiaceae. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(46), 18578-83. PMID: 24167265  

Schmid, R., & Nais, J. (2003) Rafflesia of the World. Taxon, 52(4), 884. DOI: 10.2307/3647375  

  • November 1, 2010
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,213 views

The Star-nosed mole

by beredim in Strange Animals

Star nosed moles are one of the most distinctive types of mammal best known for their hairless, star like noses with their 22 pink, fleshy tentacles.... Read more »

  • October 31, 2010
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,511 views

Okapi

by beredim in Strange Animals

The okapi is a giraffid artiodactyl mammal. It bears striped markings reminiscent of zebras, however it is closely related to the giraffe. Although known to ancient egyptians, it was officially in the 20th century.... Read more »

  • October 29, 2010
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,302 views

Zebroid

by beredim in Strange Animals

A zebroid is the result of the cross between a zebra and any other equine (horse-like animal. The post explains all the different zebroid species and features many videos and images... Read more »

  • October 27, 2010
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,136 views

Coconut Crab

by beredim in Strange Animals

The coconut crab, Birgus latro, is the largest, land-living arthropod in the world. ... Read more »

  • October 26, 2010
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,279 views

Colossal Squid

by beredim in Strange Animals

Information, facts and images of the frightening, deep sea Colossal Squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni).
... Read more »

  • October 25, 2010
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,281 views

Chinese giant salamander

by beredim in Strange Animals

Information, facts, images and videos of the now endagered chinese giant salamander... Read more »

  • October 22, 2010
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,099 views

Viperfish

by beredim in Strange Animals

The viperfish species are one of the most unusual-looking fish in the deep sea known for their frightening appearance and for being one of the fiercest predators of the deep.... Read more »

  • October 20, 2010
  • 12:00 PM
  • 455 views

Methuselah the tree

by beredim in Strange Animals

Methuselah is currently the oldest verified living non-clonal organism known in our planet.... Read more »

  • October 19, 2010
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,098 views

Emperor Tamarin

by beredim in Strange Animals

pparently this strange looking primate took its name from a German emperor named Wilhem, due to their "remarkable" resemblance. At first this name was used a joke, but over the course of time it became its official common name... Read more »

  • October 17, 2010
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,051 views

Red Panda

by beredim in Strange Animals

Thorough information about the red panda (habitat, diet, mating habits etc). Photos and images included... Read more »

Sato JJ, Wolsan M, Minami S, Hosoda T, Sinaga MH, Hiyama K, Yamaguchi Y, & Suzuki H. (2009) Deciphering and dating the red panda's ancestry and early adaptive radiation of Musteloidea. Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 53(3), 907-22. PMID: 19699810  

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