wildlife

Newfoundland dog

Newfoundland-dog

Newfoundland dog The Newfoundland is a strong, massive dog. The head is broad and heavy with a slightly arched crown. The neck and back are strong. The wide muzzle is about as broad as it is deep, and rather short. The stop is moderate. The nose is generally black except on bronze-colored dogs, which have brown noses. The teeth meet ...

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Giant Isopod

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Giant Isopod Isopod, meaning crustacean, this behemoth is actually related to shrimp and crabs. First discovered in 1879 by French zoologist Alphonse Milne Edwards, it was the first proof of life at the azoic (deep ocean) level. They are of little interest to commercial fisheries as there numbers are too scarce to market, and are “scavenged beyond marketability” before they ...

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Mandarin Duck

Mandarin-Duck

Mandarin Duck The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized, East Asian perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41–49 cm long with a 65–75 cm wingspan. The adult male is a striking and unmistakable bird. It has a red bill, large white crescent above the eye and reddish face and “whiskers”. ...

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Ring-Tailed Lemur

Ring-Tailed Lemur

Ring-Tailed Lemur Lemurs are primates found only on the African island of Madagascar and some tiny neighboring islands. Because of its geographic isolation, Madagascar is home to many amazing animals found nowhere else on Earth. Lemurs may have floated there eons ago on “rafts” of vegetation and evolved in isolation over countless centuries. Ring-tailed lemurs are unmistakable because of their ...

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Black Mamba

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Black Mamba The Black Mamba is the most deadly snake in the world. They grow 14 feet in length, and can travel at speeds of up to 12 mph. They have a head shaped like a coffin. The Black Mamba is not actually black. They have a brownish-gray body with a light belly and brownish scales along its back. It ...

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The Blue Dragon (Glaucus atlanticus)

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The Blue Dragon (Glaucus atlanticus) The Glaucus atlanticus is an animal that belongs to the ocean-dwelling group known as nudibranchs sometimes thought of as an ‘unusual’ groups of molluscs. Molluscs have muscular feet and rhinophores, the term for their tentacles. What is noticeably different about the Blue Glaucus and other nudibranchs compared to many molluscs is that they do not ...

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Darwin’s Beetles

Darwin's Beetles

Darwin’s Beetles Chiasognathus grantii is a species of stag beetle found in Argentina and Chile. It is known as Darwin’s beetle, Grant’s stag beetle, or the Chilean stag beetle. The male’s over-sized jaws are crucial in its objective to secure a mate. It climbs trees, often climbing many meters, searching for a female. As it climbs and searches for females, ...

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Mudskipper

Mudskippers

Mudskipper Mudskippers are members of the subfamily Oxudercinae (tribe Periophthalmini), within the family Gobiidae (Gobies). They are completely amphibious fish, fish that can use their pectoral fins to walk on land. Being amphibious, they are uniquely adapted to intertidal habitats, unlike most fish in such habitats which survive the retreat of the tide by hiding under wet seaweed or in ...

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Monkfish

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Monkfish Monkfish is the English name of a number of types of fish in the northwest Atlantic, most notably the species of the anglerfish genus Lophius and the angelshark genus Squatina. The term is also occasionally used for a European sea monster more often called a sea monk. Monkfish is the most common English name for the genus Lophius in ...

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Sand Vipers

Sand Vipers

Sand Vipers The Sand Viper is the most dangerous known snake on the Sarvonian continent. Even if it is most commonly only found in the desert of Rahaz-Dath, some very few cases have been reported of some Sand Vipers being found in the nearby Narfost Plain as well. Besides being very poisonous the Sand Viper is also one of Sarvonia’s ...

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