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  • April 4, 2015
  • 03:02 PM

5 Weird Animals Described in 2014

by beredim in Strange Animals

From pink blind fish to mushroom shaped animals to flic-flac jumping spiders, here is a pick of the weirdest animals described in 2014.

1. Hoosier cavefish (Amblyopsis hoosieri)

A live specimen of A. hoosieri, measuring 6.07 cm (2.39 in) long.

The Hoosier cavefish (Amblyopsis hoosieri) is a subterranean blind fish from southern Indiana, U.S.

First discovered during a 2013 study on ... Read more »

  • February 23, 2014
  • 01:30 PM

The star spider - Gasteracantha cancriformis

by beredim in Strange Animals

Female Star SpiderKingdom: Animalia   Phylum: ArthropodaClass: ArachnidaOrder: AraneaeFamily: AraneidaeGenus: GasteracanthaSpecies: Gasteracantha cancriformisConservation Status: Not evaluated, the species is abundant throughout the western hemisphereCommon Names: Star spider, Spiny backed orb weaver, Spiny orb-weaver spider, crab-like orbweaver spiderThe star spider is a colorful species found across the southern part of the United Sta........ Read more »

  • October 6, 2010
  • 12:57 PM

Acanthaspis petax and the amazing technicolor corpsecoat

by Matt Soniak in

Ed Yong recently reposted his fantastic 2008 post on assassin bug camouflage to keep us entertained while he’s away. I covered the same paper on an old incarnation of my blog, and can’t resist joining in on the reposting fun. Kevin Zelnio of Deep Sea News also has a post about it.
Remember that scene [...]... Read more »

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