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 »
Chakrabarty P, Prejean JA, & Niemiller ML. (2014) The Hoosier cavefish, a new and endangered species (Amblyopsidae, Amblyopsis) from the caves of southern Indiana. ZooKeys, 41-57. PMID: 24899861
Just J, Kristensen RM, & Olesen J. (2014) Dendrogramma, new genus, with two new non-bilaterian species from the marine bathyal of southeastern Australia (Animalia, Metazoa incertae sedis)--with similarities to some medusoids from the Precambrian Ediacara. PloS one, 9(9). PMID: 25184248
Hrbek T, da Silva VM, Dutra N, Gravena W, Martin AR, & Farias IP. (2014) A new species of river dolphin from Brazil or: how little do we know our biodiversity. PloS one, 9(1). PMID: 24465386
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 »
Felipe M. Gawryszewski, Paulo C. Motta. (2008) The silk tuft web decorations of the orb-weaver Gasteracantha cancriformis : testing the prey attraction and the web advertisement hypotheses. Behaviour. DOI: 10.1163/156853908783402911
Prosdocimi F, Bittencourt D, da Silva FR, Kirst M, Motta PC, & Rech EL. (2011) Spinning gland transcriptomics from two main clades of spiders (order: Araneae)--insights on their molecular, anatomical and behavioral evolution. PloS one, 6(6). PMID: 21738742
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 »
Jackson, R., & Pollard, S. (2007) Bugs with backpacks deter vision-guided predation by jumping spiders. Journal of Zoology, 273(4), 358-363. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2007.00335.x
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