Sunday, July 29, 2012
Think you know every critter in the animal kingdom? Think again. Test your species smarts and see if you recognize some of the weirdest-looking animals from around the globe.
Habitat: Deep waters surrounding AustraliaFun Fact: Blobfishes are made of a gelatinous matter that allows them to float above the sea floor and swallow food with minimal effort.
Habitat: Bush and scrub forests of Madagascar
Fun Fact: Mouse lemurs are the smallest primates in the world.
PEACOCK MANTIS SHRIMP
Habitat: Warm water near reefs around the world
Fun Fact: The peacock mantis shrimp has the fastest recorded punch of any animal, punching at
Habitat: Throughout the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
Fun Fact: Scientists believe the frilled sharkcaptures food by bending and lunging forward like a snake and than swallowing its prey whole
Habitat: Villages of Sub-Saharan Africa
Fun Fact: Male common agama get their red-and-blue Spider-Man look only during theirmating season. Once the season is over, they return to a brown color
Habitat: Rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia
Fun Fact: As the orchid mantis gets older and continues to molt, the color of the insect starts tomatch more closely with the surrounding vegetation
Habitat: Deep waters of the Northwest Atlantic
Fun Fact: These sea creatures were named for their likeness to the classic Disney elephant.
Habitat: New Zealand and surrounding islands
Fun Fact: The takahe was believed to be extinct in 1898, but an extensive search party rediscoveredthe bird in 1948.
Habitat: Hydrothermal vents if the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge
Fun Fact: Scientists believe this creature, whichwas first discovered in 2005, is blind due to the lack of pigmentation in its eyes.
Habitat: Every continent except Antarctica
Fun Fact: Treehoppers are known to form mutualistic relationships with ants, wasps and
Habitat: Rainforests of Australia and New Guinea
Fun Fact: Cuscuses conduct all of their mating on tree branches.
Habitat: Forests of New Zealand
Fun Fact: Kiwis are the only birds with nostrils on the ends of their beaks, and one of the few fliers
with highly a developed sense of smell.
Habitat: Temperate seas around the worldFun Fact: Hagfish can tie themselves into knots. They do this to remove the slime they secrete.
CHINESE GIANT SALAMANDER
Habitat: Mountain streams and lakes of China
Fun Fact: The Chinese giant salamander is known as an "infant fish" in Chinese because of thecrying noises it makes that are similar to those of a human child.
Habitat: The forests of New Zealand islands
Fun Fact: These nocturnal parrots were not always flightless. Once the kakapo moved to anisland with limited predators, the birds adapted and lost their ability to fly
Habitat: Amazon Basin of BrazilFun Fact: The silvery marmoset scares away intruders by screaming at them until they leave.
How well do you know the innumerable critters in the animal kingdom? Test your species smarts and see if you recognize some of the weirdest-looking animals from around the globe.
SPINY DEVIL KATYDID
Habitat: Central and South American RainforestFun Fact: This 3-inch-long insect has been known to use its front legs to fight off predators as big as a monkey.
Habitat: Swampy forests of Brazil, Peru and Columbia
Fun Fact: Although it may look sickly, the balduakari's bright red face is a sign of good health. Sick uakaris develop pale faces.
DEEP SEA JELLYFISH
Habitat: Deep sea ecosystem
Fun Fact: It is very hard to research these mysterious creatures because they shy away from
activity with humans.
Fun Fact: The Saiga's distinctive large, proboscis-like nose is key to its survival. Large airsacs in the nose extract valuable moisture from exhaled air and also warm up the cold air as it is breathed in
Habitat: Rivers of India
Fun Fact: The Gharial's snout becomes thicker and shorter as the animal ages.
Habitat: Rainforests of Chile
Fun Fact: At only five pounds, the kodkod is the smallest cat in the Americas, and also has thesmallest distribution.