Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bizarre Animals

Sandhopper. The British Antarctic Survey ventured into the depths of the Southern Ocean. The sandhopper is a usually tiny amphipod. Sandhoppers have grown enormously to fill in the place of crabs in the ecosystem.

Jumping Spider. Discovered by Conservation International in Papua New Guinea in 2009.
Pea Sized Frog. Found in August 2010, the Microhyla nepenthicola frog was discovered in a pitcher plant on Borneo. At first, scientists assumed they were looking at young frogs, but soon concluded that even the largest of the adult males fail to reach more than half an inch in length.

Crystal Frog. Found in the jungle of Ecuador this crystal frog has skin so translucent, you can see its heart beating through its tiny chest.
Ice Fish. No red blood cells course through the veins of this fish. Instead, it has antifreeze.

A Tiny Titi Monkey. Researchers say that as soon as it was discovered, it was considered endangered. Deforestation in the Colombian Amazon is rampant, and this monkey lives in the forest.
Gastric Brooding Frog. Last seen in 1985, scientists are searching for evidence of this gastric brooding frog in Australia. Frogs were found to raise its young in a truly bizarre manner: Females swallow the eggs, and alter the chemistry of their stomachs so that tadpoles can develop in the absence of acidic digestive juices. Then they give birth through their mouths.

Ugly Salamander. The name says it all for these salamanders from Ecuador.

The saiga is a critically endangered antelope that inhabits the Eurasian steppe, including Dzungaria and Mongolia. Its strange nose is extremely flexible and helps to filter out dust kicked up by the migrating herd.

Batfish are found in the waters around the Galapagos Islands. The fish have learned to walk the ocean floor on their fins.

Chinese Water Deer have earned the nickname “Vampire Deer” for their prominent tusks.

Enypniastes is a deep sea cucumber which lives at depths of up to 16,400 feet. The red area is the animal’s mouth.

Lowland Streaked Tenrec. Found only in the rainforests of Madagascar.

Sarcastic Fringehead.

The Gobi Jerboa is a species of rodents found in China and Mongolia.
The barreleye, found at depths of 2000 feet in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, is most notable for its transparent head.

The mantis shrimp.

The Panda Ant is actually a type of wingless wasp from South America.