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frosty rime
Posted: Saturday, June 07, 2014 9:31:51 AM

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hello all,

I want to suggest a new game here.

Game Rules:
1. Post an image of an animal or insect whose name begins with the last letter of the animal or insect that is posted by your precedent.
2. Write its idiosyncratic behaviour pattern or aspect of its life or anything interesting unique to the species.


I will start the game now:




Assassin beatle/assassin bug,
It carries its victim on its body.


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anton exobio
Posted: Sunday, June 08, 2014 4:32:21 AM

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Thank you, frosty rime, for creating this game :)
Interesting animal indeed (beetle).


Giraffe



The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant on Earth. Its chief distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs, its horn-like ossicones, and its distinctive coat patterns.

Their primary food source is acacia leaves, which they browse at heights most other herbivores cannot reach. Giraffes are preyed on by lions; their calves are also targeted by leopards, spotted hyenas, and wild dogs. Adult giraffes do not have strong social bonds, though they do gather in loose aggregations if they happen to be moving in the same general direction. Males establish social hierarchies through "necking", which are combat bouts where the neck is used as a weapon. Dominant males gain mating access to females, which bear the sole responsibility for raising the young.

(wikipedia)
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Sunday, June 08, 2014 5:15:14 PM

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Elephant



No one knows why it's called norsu in Finnish.


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anton exobio
Posted: Monday, June 09, 2014 6:25:27 AM

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Titanis



Titanis is a large extinct flightless carnivorous bird, endemic to North America during the Blancan stage of the Pliocene living 4.9—1.8 Ma, and died out during the Gelasian Age of the earliest Pleistocene, existing approximately 3.1 million years.[2] It was 2.5 metres (8 ft 2 in) tall and weighed approximately 150 kilograms (330 lb). (wikipedia)
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shoe-billed stork



The shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) also known as whalehead or shoe-billed stork, is a very large stork-like bird. It derives its name from its massive shoe-shaped bill. The shoebill is noted for its slow movements and tendency to remain still for long periods, resulting in repeated descriptions of the species as "statue-like". They are quite sensitive to human disturbance and may abandon their nests if flushed by humans. However, while foraging, if dense vegetation stands between it and humans, this wader can be fairly tame. The shoebill is attracted to poorly oxygenated waters where fish frequently surface to breathe. Exceptionally for a bird this large, the shoebill often stands and perches on floating vegetation, making them appear somewhat like a giant jacana, although the similarly-sized and occasionally sympatric Goliath heron (Ardea goliath) is also known to stand on aquatic vegetation. Shoebills typically feed in muddy waters and, being solitary birds, forage at a minimum distance of 20 m (66 ft) from one another even where relatively densely populated. This species stalks its prey patiently, in a slow and lurking fashion. While hunting, the shoebill strides very slowly and is frequently motionless. Unlike some other large waders, this species hunts entirely using vision and is not known to engage in tactile hunting. When prey is spotted, it launches a quick, violent strike. However, depending on the size of the prey, handling time after the strike can exceed 10 minutes. Around 60% of strikes are successful in yielding prey. Frequently water and vegetation is snatched up during the strike and is spilled out from the edges of the mandibles. Occasionally, the activity of hippopotamus may inadvertently benefit the shoebill, as the huge mammals occasionally force fish to the surface of the water while they are submerged.[8]

anton exobio
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Kiwi



"The kiwi is a brown, fuzzy, flightless bird native to the forests and jungles of New Zealand. In recent years the kiwi has become endangered, mainly due to introduced predators like dogs, cats, rats, ferrets and weasels which hunt the kiwi and eat its eggs. The kiwi is almost helpless against these exotic threats and there are many support organizations for kiwis which run conservation projects to try and protect the remaining kiwi population. Before the introduction of animal predators, kiwis roamed New Zealand in great numbers as there were no natural predators there besides humans. Today there are believed to only around 200 kiwis left in the wild.

The kiwi is the national bird and icon of New Zealand. In fact, the native people of New Zealand are often also called Kiwis. The kiwi also appears on many flags and symbols across the islands.

The eggs of the kiwi weigh about one pound which is 450g (see kiwi/egg x-ray: http://i58.tinypic.com/29blfe9.jpg). The female kiwi lays an average of five eggs per clutch which take nearly 3 months to hatch. The male kiwi is the one who incubates the eggs for most of the time. The beak of the kiwi is about the size of one third of the kiwi's body. The kiwi uses it's long beak to rummage through the foliage on the ground in search of food.

Kiwis are omnivorous animals and eat a variety of both plants and animals. The kiwi mainly hunts out worms, insects and spiders but also eats fruits and berries, generally those that have fallen to the forest floor."



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Posted: Sunday, July 06, 2014 6:12:52 PM

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Indian star tortoise







The Indian star tortoise is a species of tortoise found in dry areas and scrub forest in India and Sri Lanka.
This species is quite popular in the exotic pet trade. Wikipedia


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Some eagles are known to have a 'territory' of over two hundred square kilometres.
Some are large enough to kill and carry off a large dog or wolf.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
anton exobio
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Electric eel



"The electric eel (Electrophorus electricus) is an electric fish, and the only species in its genus. It is capable of generating powerful electric shocks of up to 600 volts, which it uses for hunting, self-defense and communicating with fellow eels. It is an apex predator in its South American range. Despite its name, it is not an eel, but rather a knifefish." (wikipedia)
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Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2014 5:06:03 PM

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larva




A larva is a distinct juvenile form many animals undergo before metamorphosis into adults. Animals with indirect development such as insects,
amphibians, or cnidarians typically have a larval phase of their life cycle. Wikipedia


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frosty rime
Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2014 6:16:51 PM

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Armadillo





Origina: South America

Armadillos have short legs, but can move quite quickly, and have the ability to remain under water for as long as six minutes. Because of the density of its armor, an armadillo will sink in water unless it swallows air, inflating its stomach to twice normal size and raising its buoyancy above that of water, allowing it to swim across narrow streams and ditches.[9]

Armadillos have very poor eyesight, and use their keen sense of smell to hunt for food.[10] They use their claws for digging and finding food, as well as for making their homes in burrows. They dig their burrows with their claws, making only a single corridor the width of the animal's body. They have five clawed toes on their hindfeet, and three to five toes with heavy digging claws on their forefeet. Armadillos have a large number of cheek teeth, which are not divided into premolars and molars, but usually have incisors or canines. The dentition of the nine-banded armadillo is P 7/7, M 1/1 = 32.[11]

Armadillos are solitary animals that do not share their burrows with other adults.[7]

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anton exobio
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Ocelot



The ocelot, also known as the dwarf leopard, is a wild cat distributed extensively over South America, the islands of Trinidad and Margarita, Central America, and Mexico.

The ocelot is similar in appearance to a domestic cat. Its fur resembles that of a clouded leopard or jaguar and was once regarded as particularly valuable. As a result, hundreds of thousands of ocelots were once killed for their fur. The feline was classified a "vulnerable" endangered species from 1972 until 1996, and is now rated "least concern" by the 2008 IUCN Red List.
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Tiger
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Raptors - The Bird-Like Predators of the Mesozoic Era-about.com






When most people think of raptors, they picture the lithe, lizard-skinned, big-clawed dinosaurs of Jurassic Park,
smart enough not only to hunt in packs but to figure out how to turn doorknobs. In real life, though, most raptors were about the size of children, almost certainly covered in feathers,
and not quite as intelligent as the average hummingbird.
(For the record, what Steven Spielberg called Velociraptors in Jurassic Park were really much bigger individuals of Deinonychus, but let's not quibble.)


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anton exobio
Posted: Sunday, August 03, 2014 12:24:45 PM

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Ring-tailed lemur



The ring-tailed lemur is a large strepsirrhine primate and the most recognized lemur due to its long, black and white ringed tail.
Like all lemurs, it is endemic to the island of Madagascar. It inhabits gallery forests to spiny scrub in the southern regions of the island. It is omnivorous and the most terrestrial of lemurs. The animal is diurnal, being active exclusively in daylight hours.
Despite reproducing readily in captivity and being the most populous lemur in zoos worldwide, numbering more than 2,000 individuals, the ring-tailed lemur is listed as Endangered by the IUCN Red List due to habitat destruction. (wikipedia)
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Reindeer

Scientific name: Rangifer tarandus

The reindeer, also known as caribou in North America, is a species of deer native to Arctic, Subarctic, tundra, boreal and mountainous regions.
This includes both sedentary and migratory populations. Wikipedia


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anton exobio
Posted: Tuesday, August 05, 2014 3:29:25 PM

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Red knee tarantula



The red knee tarantula (also known as the red-kneed tarantula) is a type of burrowing tarantula that inhabits the pacific mountains of Mexico. The red knee tarantula is most well known for its hairy body and the red bands that are along its legs.

They are quite common now to be kept as pets as they are slow growers and they have a beautiful body in colour and shape. The red knee tarantula also has a bite that could hurt a human but would not be harmful.

The red knee tarantula typically grows to around 20cm in length but some red knee tarantula individuals have known to become much bigger. The red knee tarantula has a relatively long lifespan for a spider as many get to be older than 30 years of age.

The red knee tarantula mainly eats insects along with small mammals, birds and reptiles that fall into the burrow where the red knee tarantula is hiding.

Due to the relatively small size of the red knee tarantula, the red knee tarantula has many predators across Central America. Birds, large reptiles and various mammal species all prey on the red knee tarantula, often waiting until the red knee tarantula comes out of its burrow before attacking it.

The female red knee tarantula lays an average of 40 eggs which are laid in a silk sack generally between the months of May and August. The red knee tarantula babies hatch out of their eggs in about a month and it takes the red knee tarantula babies nearly a year to reach adulthood.
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Albatross


Albatrosses, of the biological family Diomedeidae, are large seabirds allied to the procellariids, storm petrels and diving petrels in the order Procellariiformes.
They range widely in the Southern Ocean and the North Pacific. Wikipedia



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Great pictures of rare animals and some informative lines - really great and interesting.
anton exobio
Posted: Saturday, August 09, 2014 3:22:39 PM

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Scorpion



The scorpion is an eight-legged carnivorous anthropod. Scorpions are arachnids (not insects) and the scorpion is most closely related to spiders and ticks. Scorpions are sometimes referred to as ancient animals as scorpions have been on Earth for over 400 million years, meaning that scorpions already existed on Earth when the dinosaurs arrived.

The scorpion is mainly found in the southern hemisphere in deserts and jungle habitats alike. The most northern place the scorpion can be found in the wild is the Isle of Sheppey in the United Kingdom, which is a small island in the North of Kent.

The lifespan for most species of scorpion is between 6 months and 25 years

Scorpions are generally nocturnal animals meaning that they spend the day under rocks and in crevices and then come out to hunt in the safety of darkness. Scorpions are carnivorous animals and paralyze their prey using the venomous sting on the end of their tail so that the scorpion can eat it without trouble. Scorpions also have two large claws or pincers which are located at the front of the body of the scorpion. The claws of the scorpion allow the scorpion to effectively hold onto prey in order to both sting it and then eat it.

Female scorpions give birth to live young in litters that can range from 4 baby scorpions to 9 baby scorpions. The baby scorpion climbs onto the back of the mother scorpion almost immediately after birth. The mother scorpion will look after her baby scorpions until they are able to hunt for themselves.

For the majority of the time, when a human is stung by a scorpion, the symptoms are often similar to those of a bee sting and are often just swollen and painful. However, around 50 scorpion species are thought to carry enough venom that could cause more serious harm to humans and around half of those 50 scorpion species are believed to be capable of causing fatal results when having stung a human being.
Drag0nspeaker
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Scottish Wildcat. Felis silvestris silvestris (Sylvester the Cat)



At last count, only one hundred of these cats survive.

Oddly, the main cause of the decline in population is that the wild cat tends to breed with feral domestic cats, and the 'silvestris' gene-pool has become too small to be naturally viable.



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Thorny Devil







The thorny devil, also known as Thorny Dragon, Thorny Lizard, or the Moloch, is a small species of lizard native to Australia
with there being no other lizard like the thorny devil anywhere in the world.


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anton exobio
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Ladybird



The ladybird (also known as the ladybug) is a small colourful beetle found all around the world. There are thought to be more
than 5,000 different species of ladybird in the world, with more than 450 species found in North America alone.

Ladybirds are known to hibernate once the warm summer weather begins to cool. Ladybirds will hibernate in large groups in sites
which are used year after year, and ladybirds are thought to hibernate in this communial fashion in order to increase their
chances of surviving the cold winter. It is thought that pheromones are released by hibernating ladybirds which attract other
ladybirds to hibernate in the same place.

Ladybirds are fearsome predators within their environment and are known as gardener's friends as they munch all of the tiny pests
that eat the plants. Ladybirds primarily eat aphids, greenfly, plant-lice and other small insects. It is thought that the average
ladybird eats more than 5,000 aphids in just one year.

The female ladybird can lay more than 2,000 eggs in one year that hatch in just a few days. The ladybird larvae hatches out of
the eggs and looks nothing like an adult ladybird as the ladybird larvae is long in shape and is generally one colour. After a
couple of weeks, the ladybird larvae evolves into a ladybird pupa which is about the same size and colour as an adult ladybird
but has a protective layer surrounding it, until it has developed its wings. Once the ladybird pupa has developed, it breaks out
of the skin surrounding it to become an adult ladybird.

Due to climate changes and habitat loss, the ladybird is now considered to be one of the animal species that is threatened with
extinction. It has been noted that ladybirds are particularly sensitive to temperature and will die from dehydration if it is
much hotter than it should be.
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Dik-dik



A dik-dik is a small antelope that lives in the bushlands of eastern and southern Africa. They stand about a foot or so tall, weigh 10 or so lbs, and can live for up to 10 years. They are named for the alarm calls of the females.

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Nice one Alice!

Speaking of miniature animal species,this one needs no introduction.-Koala




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Azara's zorro



Azara's zorro, aka pampas fox, is a medium sized zorro, or "false" fox, native to the South American pampas. It lives a mostly solitary life, but will get together in a monogamous pair in breeding season to raise young. Primary predators are pumas and domestic dogs. When threatened, it will play dead with its eyes closed.

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Octopus

Nadine DeNinno - Jun 27, 2014 - Paul the octopus, a now-deceased cephalopod in the U.K., made more accurate predictions for the 2010 World Cup than Goldman Sachs has ...



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One good sea creature deserves another...
Sally Lightfoot Crab, species name: Grapsus grapsus

It's found along the Pacific coast of Mexico, Central America & South America, feeds primarily on algae, sometimes other plant matter, and dead animals. Being hard to catch and not considered edible, it's often used as bait.

John Steinbeck wrote, almost lovingly, of it in The Log from the Sea of Cortez (this excerpt is worth reading):
Many people have spoken at length of the Sally Lightfoots. In fact, everyone who has seen them has been delighted with them. The very name they are called by reflects the delight of the name. These little crabs, with brilliant cloisonné carapaces, walk on their tiptoes, They have remarkable eyes and an extremely fast reaction time. In spite of the fact that they swarm on the rocks at the Cape [San Lucas], and to a less degree inside the Gulf [of California], they are exceedingly hard to catch. They seem to be able to run in any of four directions; but more than this, perhaps because of their rapid reaction time, they appear to read the mind of their hunter. They escape the long-handled net, anticipating from what direction it is coming. If you walk slowly, they move slowly ahead of you in droves. If you hurry, they hurry. When you plunge at them, they seem to disappear in a puff of blue smoke—at any rate, they disappear. It is impossible to creep up on them. They are very beautiful, with clear brilliant colors, red and blues and warm browns.
...
Man reacts peculiarly but consistently in his relationship with Sally Lightfoot. His tendency eventually is to scream curses, to hurl himself at them, and to come up foaming with rage and bruised all over his chest. Thus, Tiny, leaping forward, slipped and fell and hurt his arm. He never forgot nor forgave his enemy. From then on he attacked Lightfoots by every foul means he could contrive and a training in Monterey street fighting has equipped him well for this kind of battle. He hurled rocks at them; he smashed at them with boards; and he even considered poisoning them. Eventually we did catch a few Sallys, but we think they were the halt and the blind, the simpletons of their species. With reasonably well-balanced and non-neurotic Lightfoots we stood no chance.





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These beautiful sea creatures have nothing on Muhammad Ali.

Here is another sea creature,now this one I would likened to a certain corporate ceo

Barracuda

The barracuda is a ray-finned fish known for its large size and fearsome appearance. Its body is long, fairly compressed, and covered with small, smooth scales.
Some species can reach up to 2.1 m in length and 30 cm in width. Wikipedia




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Abalone is an edible sea snail. It has a worldwide distribution, along the coastal waters of every continent, except the Pacific coast of South America, the east coast of the US, the Arctic, and Antarctica. They like cold water, and they taste pretty good.



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The Emperor tamarin is a small species of monkey found in the forests of South America. The Emperor tamarin was named because of it's elegant white moustache, which is thought to resemble that of German emperor Wilhelm II.
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Hi Dan,you're suppose to use the last letter of the previous animal as your first letter of your animal.


Norwegian Forest Cat


The Norwegian forest cat is native to the Scandinavian regions of Northern Europe, with the Norwegian forest cat having adapted to the colder climates of the near polar regions.




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(Schlook, what a gorgeous kitty! He kinda looks like the one that hangs out on my deck.)

Toucan - native to southern Mexico, Central America, northern part of South America & the Caribbean. They live in tropical and sub-tropical regions, and make nests in tree hollows or holes already made by other animals. The bill has limited use as an excavation tool. They are primarily fruit-eating, but are opportunistically omnivorous, like a vegan at a hamburger joint when no one is looking.



P.S. I think Dan did OK. He got Emperor Tamarin from Abalone. That works, right?

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[b]Right I forgot to disregard the "the" as first word.



The newfoundland :)

The newfoundland breed of dog is a large working dog whose origins lie on the Canadian island of Newfoundland. Newfoundlands are famously known for their giant size and tremendous strength,
and for their sweet dispositions, loyalty, and natural water rescue tendencies. The Newfoundland dog excels at water rescue, due to their great muscles and partly to their webbed feet and acute
swimming abilities.



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The dark-winged trumpeter is found in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil, but only south of the Amazon River & east of the Madeira River.

This bird uses a rare breeding system - cooperative polyandry - in which a dominant female mates with three dominant males, and the other adults in the group help feed and care for the chicks. Their nests are found in hollow tree cavities.

They eat fruit knocked to forest floor by primates; also, insects such as beetles, ants, and termites.



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