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Mormoops blainvillii – Also Known as Antillean Ghost-faced Bat

antillean-ghost-faced-batOrder : Chiroptera
Family : Mormoopidae
Species : Mormoops blainvillii

The Antillean ghost-faced bat, or Blainvillee’s leaf-chinned bat (Mormoops blainvillii) is a small bat, weighing only 9 grams ! The length of the forearms are between 43 to 50 milimeters. They have short and round ears, standing wide open, giving the impression of a funnel surrounding the head. Their eyes reduced eyes almost seem to be within the ears. The Antillean ghost-faced bat feeds in the underbrush on insects by night, and by day it prefers a hot cave. Continue Reading »

Ailurus Fulgens – Also Known as the Red Panda

ailurus-fulgens-e28093-also-known-as-the-red-pandaThe red panda is dwarfed by the black-and-white giant that shares its name. These pandas typically grow to the size of a house cat, though their big, bushy tails add an additional 18 inches (46 centimeters). The pandas use their ringed tails as wraparound blankets in the chilly mountain heights. Continue Reading »

Hyrax – Creature that is Very Different from Other Animals

hyrax-e28093-creature-that-is-very-different-from-other-animalsPhysical Characteristics

The hyrax is so unlike other animals that it is placed in a separate order (Hyracoidea) by itself. It is said to be the elephant’s nearest living relative. This is true to a certain extent, but misleading since the relationship stems from a remote ancestor common to hyraxes, sea cows (dugongs and manatees) and elephants. These three are unlike other mammals, but they share various if disproportionate physiological similarities in teeth, leg and foot bones, testes (that do not descend into a scrotum) and other more obscure details. Continue Reading »

Sengi - Odd Mammal Living in the Mountains of Tanzania

sengi-odd-mammal-living-in-the-mountains-of-tanzaniaA new species of mammal has been discovered in the mountains of Tanzania, scientists report.

The bizarre-looking creature, dubbed Rhynochocyon udzungwensis, is a type of giant elephant shrew, or sengi. Continue Reading »

Tuatara - Animal that Survived in New Zealand Over 100 Million Years

tuatara-animal-that-survived-in-new-zealand-over-100-million-yearsNew Zealand was separated from the rest of the world over 100 million years ago. The Tuatara “lizard” has survived all that time. It is not really a lizard.

The Kiwi, a flightless bird, is a symbol of New Zealand. However, Tuatara is an even more primitive and distinctive animal than Kiwi. Continue Reading »

Emperor Tamarin – the Creature with Long Moustaches

emperor-tamarin-e28093-the-creature-with-long-moustachesEmperor tamarins are characterized by the presence of a long moustache. The name “emperor” is related to this moustache. When emperor tamarins were first discovered at the begining of this century, their long moustaches were believed to resemble the moustache of a German Emperor from the 19th century. Emperor tamarins may also display a beard. Continue Reading »

Sea Otters – the Creatures of the Early Spring

sea-otters-e28093-the-creatures-of-the-early-springImagine that you are fishing on the coast of the United States or Canada. You see a large brown and tan spot in the Pacific Ocean. It is coming closer and closer. You’re scared about what it could be. You’ve never seen anything like it. You snap a picture of it so you can ask someone to identify what it is. Someone tells you it is a sea otter. Next, you decide to look up information on sea otters. Continue Reading »

Eastern Jerboa Marsupial – Has Large Ears and Comes from Australia

eastern-jerboa-marsupial-e28093-has-large-ears-and-comes-from-australiaArea(s) Where Listed As Endangered:
Australia

The Eastern jerboa marsupial is native to central and southern Australia and the only species of its genus (Antechinomys). Adults reach between 2.76 to 3.94 inches in length with a tail length of 3.94 to 5.91 inches. Continue Reading »

The Fearsome Looking Horned Lizards from North America

the-fearsome-looking-horned-lizards-from-north-americaOf all the North American lizards, Horned Lizards are the most fearsome-looking and distinctive by virtue of the pointed, protruding “horns” above their eyes. Continue Reading »

Odd Ancient Crocodiles Previously Lived in the Sahara

odd-ancient-crocodiles-previously-lived-in-the-saharaThree newly identified species shared Sahara area 100 million years ago

From a crocodile sporting a boar-like snout to a peculiar pal with buckteeth for digging up grub, an odd-looking bunch of such reptiles dashed and swam across what is now the Sahara Desert some 100 million years ago when dinosaurs ruled. Continue Reading »

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