Flower Mimicry: the Crab spider
This beauty is a purple form of Epicadus heterogaster, a South American species of spider in the Thomisidae Family. Due to its shape, Epicadus heterogaster is commonly named Crab spider and Flower spider.
These fascinating spiders mimic an orchid (or a flower), so to feed they no need great efforts and just have to wait patiently on a plant to insects come to the “flower” in search of nectar, then insects are promptly eaten by the spider.
Photo credit: ©Geoff Gallice
Locality: Yaupi, Morona-Santiago, Ecuador
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Sri Lanka Frogmouth (Ceylon Frogmouth)
A very comic looking yet beautiful and cute bird, Batrachostomus moniliger (Caprimulgiformes - Podargidae) is one of the few birds where the female is more colorful than the male.
The Sri Lanka Frogmouth is found in the Western Ghats of south India and Sri Lanka. Related to the nightjars, they are nocturnal and are found in forest habitats. The plumage resembles that of dried leaves and the birds roost on branches, sitting still and appearing like a dry branch, making them extremely difficult to locate. They however have favourite roosts that they use regularly unless disturbed. They have a distinctive call that is usually heard at dawn and dusk.
Photo credit: ©Rajesh Shah
Locality: Western Ghats, India
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Pteroglossus bailloni (Piciformes - Ramphastidae), a spectacular toucanet up to 39 cm long, readily identified by the adult male’s golden head and breast, olive mantle and red rump, better known as the Saffron toucanet.
Pteroglossus bailloni occurs in south-east Brazil, east Paraguay and north-east Argentina. This species is classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.
Despite its distinctive appearance, the Saffron Toucanet has not been well-studied, and little is known about its natural history. They often are quiet, even secretive; they forage for fruit, and perhaps young birds and eggs, in mid levels and the canopy of forest.
Photo credit: ©Bertrando Campos
Locality: Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The Butterfly Snail (Limacina helicina) is a species of predatory swimming marine snail. They are a keystone species within Arctic pelagic ecosystems and are currently under serious threat.
They are being impacted by Ocean Acidification, due to pollution the ocean waters are becoming too acidic for survival. The corrosive waters off the West Coast of the U.S are dissolving the shells of these unique creatures and inevitably killing them. The decline of these will have major flow on effects to major marine ecosystems.
SCIENTISTS SOLVE MILLENNIA-OLD MYSTERY ABOUT THE ARGONAUT OCTOPUS
The argonauts are a group of octopuses unlike any other. The females secrete a thin, white, brittle shell called the paper nautilus. Nestled with their arms tucked inside this beautiful, translucent home, they drift through the open ocean while other octopus species crawl along the sea floor. The shell is often described as an egg-case, but octopus specialists Julian Finn and Mark Norman have discovered that it has another function – it’s an organic ballast tank.
An argonaut uses its shell to trap air from the surface and dives to a depth where the encased gas perfectly counteracts its own weight, allowing it to bob effortlessly without rising or sinking. Finn and Norman filmed and photographed live animals in the act of trapping their air bubbles, solving a mystery that has been debated for millennia.
Since 1923 and the work of Adolf Naef, the shell has been viewed as a container for the argonaut’s eggs. After mating with a male (who is around 8 times smaller and 600 times lighter), the female secretes the papery shell using the tips of two large tentacles. She lays her eggs within the structure before snuggling inside herself. Besides her eggs, her only housemate is one of the male’s arms – the hectocotylus. The arm doubled as a penis, snapped off during sex and stays inside the female’s body….
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- photo by Yasushi Okumura, Japan Underwater Films
Well hello there Mr. Baby Nautilus. Welcome to the world. I am Black Bunneh. Word of advice. Avoid sharks. They tend to be snappy.
Cuttlefish blends in with living room.
There’s something really adorable about a cuttlefish settled on a miniature chaise lounge.
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