Silvery Mole Rat (Heliophobius argenteocinereus)
…also known as the silvery blesmol or the silky mole rat, the silvery mole rat is a species of mole rat native to the savannas of southeastern Africa. Like other mole rats the silvery mole rat spends most of its life underground in extensive tunnel systems. This species is poorly studied and not much is known about its biology or reproductive habits, however they are known to be aggressive and change their burrow patterns seasonally.
Another Look at the Newly Discovered Hot Pink Slug form Australia
by Carrie Arnold
He’s big. He’s slimy. And he’s … neon pink?! Meet Triboniophorus aff. graeffei, a new species of 8-inch-long (20-cm-long) slug that’s found only on one Australian mountain.
Scientists already knew that a bright-pink slug lived on Mount Kaputar (map), thinking it was a variety of the red triangle slug, a species common along the east coast of Australia. But new research shows that the colorful critter is actually its own species, said Australia’s National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Michael Murphy.
“Recent morphological and genetics work by a researcher working on this slug family—the Athorcophoridae—has indicated the Kaputar slugs are a unique species endemic to Mount Kaputar and the only representative of this family in inland Australia,” said Murphy, who’s been stationed on Mount Kaputar for 20 years…
(read more: National Geo) (photo: Michael Murphy/NPWS)
Terrestrial Nemertean “ribbon worm”, Malaysia
(photos: Nicky Bay)
* probably Geonemertes sp.
The full-grown bumble-bee bat (Craseonycteris thonglongyai), at about the size of a bumble bee,is considered one of the smallest mammals on the planet. But its comparatively wide wingspan enables the animal to hover and cover long distances, which it navigates, like other bats, with echolocation. The bumble-bee bat inhabits only a certain area of Thailand and Myanmar and is listed as “vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List, because the population of less than 10,000 has been disturbed by human activity in the limestone caves and bamboo deforests where they reside.
Thick-billed Raven (Corvus crassirostris)
Is one of the larger Passeriformes (or songbirds) weighing in at 3 lb and 25 in long. it has a distinctively large bill (thus the name thick-billed) that is slightly curved. it can be found in and around the horn of Africa (Somalia and Ethiopia). they feed like common ravens on insects and grubs and human scraps where available.
Beautiful Schaus Swallowtail found in Biscayne Bay!
The Schaus Swallowtail (Papilio aristodemus) has been in decline for decades. It was first listed as “threatened” in 1976 then elevated to the most serious “endangered’’ category in 1984 as the population plummeted, largely as a result of pesticide spraying for mosquito control and development destroying the coastal forests they call home.
Read more here: Miami Herald
The Waxy Monkey Frog (Phyllomedusa sauvagii) is a stout built tree frog from the chaco dry prairie region of central South America. They secrete a waxy substance that they spread over their skin, to keep from drying out. Eggs are laid in a folded leaf over water, and the tadpoles drop from the egg mass, when hatching, and fall into the water below to develop. Also, they are scientifically proven to be fucking awesome. Science.
The Bahia Monkey Frog (Phyllomedusa bahiana) endemic to the state of Bahia, in NE Brazil, can be found in trees of semi-arid forests, near seasonal ponds. As with most of the members of this genus, eggs are laid in folded leaves above ponds, and the tadpoles drop into the water after hatching from the moist egg mass.
(photo: Alex Popovkin)