June 8th, 2008



So, I watch a lot of discovery HD theatre and I love learning about new animals. Some of my favorites are here. One of which is a fish called a "piraticu"; I don't know how it's supposed to be spelled and google keeps asking me if I mean "pirate", so I'd post a pic, if I knew where to find one, maybe one of you could help. Anyway, it's one of the oldest fish species on earth and it resides in the Amazon River and it's huge, reddish, odd shaped and has definitive scale patterns.

Some of my other favorites are: the genet and the civet. These two look like animals they are not even closely related to.

The genet is so cute and is kept by some people as a pet and as far as I know it's supposed to make a good pet. It's not a cat or a raccoon or anything closely related to that, it's a viverrid.


The civet is also a viverrid. It looks more like a raccoon, but is the similarities are only on the surface.


So there you have it some animals you've probably never heard of or seen before.

The majestic worm lizard

I looked through the tags and didn't see anything about these guys, so here ya go.

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I originally found out about these guys in an older book on wildlife, and it had this close-up photo of the creature's head. I wasn't able to find the same image online, though. As the name suggests, they are reptiles and not worms or amphibians.

From wiki:

The head is stout, not set off from the neck, and either rounded, sloped, or sloped with a ridge down the middle. Most of the skull is solid bone, and they have a distinctive single median tooth in the upper jaw. They have no outer ears, and the eyes are deeply recessed and covered with skin and scales. The body is elongated, and the tail truncates in a manner that vaguely resembles the head. Their name is derived from Amphisbaena, a mythical serpent with a head at each end. The four species of Mexican Mole Lizard, genus Bipes, are unusual in having a pair of forelimbs, but all limbless species have some remnants of the pelvic and pectoral girdles embedded within the body musculature.

The skin of amphisbaenians is only loosely attached to the body, and they move using an accordion-like motion, in which the skin moves and the body seemingly just drags along behind it. Uniquely, they are also able to perform this motion in reverse just as effectively.

Wikipedia  article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amphisbaenia

Is it just me, or do they look a bit like living, disembodied penises? o_O
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I've read about these little guys a lot recently. They're cute little things, aren't they? Most people think they're possums, or rats, but most people don't know that they're actually a relative of the hedgehog.

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I searched through the tags and I couldn't find this one, so I hope it's new to some people.

I always thought Herons just ate frogs and fish, cuz ya know, that is all you ever see pictures of.

Then I found this:
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After a little searching I found this article to go along with it:

Birds are so hard core.
oh noooo

Microraptor gui

Microraptor was, as its name suggests, a genus of itty bitty raptors with wings. They lived 128 to 124 million years ago, and were around 2-3 feet from the nose to the tip of the tail. If they weren't an actual precursor of modern birds, they were closely related to those species who evolved into them.

Nothing new, right?

But instead of settling for two wings, like most raptors probably did, and like birds do, microraptor was all, "But what do I do with these other legs?"

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Suck it, birds.
cry, baby, crying

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 Chimeras have been mentioned before in posts such as this one, but no one has mentioned interspecies chimeras involving animals, but they do exist! In 1984, scientists fused an embryo of a sheep with an embryo of a goat, and created a creature in which some cells have the DNA and features of a goat, and some have the DNA and features of a sheep. They've done this several times, and get a different combination of sheep/goat body parts each time.
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Goat/sheep chimeras are different from goat/sheep hybrids because goat/sheep hybrids are created from the fusion of one goat gamete and one sheep gamete, instead of two sheep gametes and two goat gametes. You would think that there would be more goat/sheep hybrids if it was possible, but apparently most goats aren't attracted to sheep. When they are, we get something
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There are also human/mouse, human/pig, and human/cow chimeras, which are used mostly in medical research, and generally will only have human kidneys, hearts, or blood, respectively. There is an article about this here, and a very, very interesting podcast about it here.