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Let's talk about the best weird animals!

The Dreaded Rear Admiral (Leee), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:27 (sixteen years ago) link

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200407/s1165659.htm

The two new worm species are distantly related to worms found on underwater sea vents deep in the ocean and comprise their own new genus dubbed Osedax, which means "bone-devouring".
[...]
The females have an outer tube, an inner muscular trunk, an egg-carrying oviduct and little docking points for the microscopic males, the researchers report in Friday's issue of the journal Science.
[...]
Then they looked closer and found the microscopic males inside the females, living off yolk left over from their larval stages, yet full of sperm.

The Dreaded Rear Admiral (Leee), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:29 (sixteen years ago) link

pangolin pangolin pangolin pangolin

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:33 (sixteen years ago) link

http://www.2momluvme.com/muppet/animalpc.jpg

oops (Oops), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:38 (sixteen years ago) link

So I was reading this collection of Stephen Jay Gould essays from 1985 called "The Flamingo's Smile" and he talks about these creatures that have been a source of biological debate for like a century now because they somewhat like a more complicated jellyfish, with a main body and gasbags and feeding tubes and arms and stuff like that, but each part is actually a seperate organism; ie, the reproductive organs are each a seperate living creature, the feeding tube is a seperate living creature, etc. Of course, none of these organisms could survive without the other, since the reproductive organ, for example, wouldn't be able to take in food or kill prey or anything. So the debate is whether this is one organism as a whole, or if it's a colony of seperate organisms. Gould's conclusion, of course, is that it is neither, that it exists on a continuum between organism and colony.

St. Nicholas (Nick A.), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:49 (sixteen years ago) link

I probably garbled that somewhat.

St. Nicholas (Nick A.), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:50 (sixteen years ago) link

It's a portugeuse man-o-war, innit?

oops (Oops), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:53 (sixteen years ago) link

Larry Gowan!

Huck, Friday, 30 July 2004 20:54 (sixteen years ago) link

Came in clear as a whistle NA.

The Dreaded Rear Admiral (Leee), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:55 (sixteen years ago) link

I think it might be a portuegese man-o-war.

St. Nicholas (Nick A.), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:55 (sixteen years ago) link

Isn't that somewhat anomalous to mitochondria in our cells?

Michael White (Hereward), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:56 (sixteen years ago) link

Excellent post NA, too.

Can we get more than a name and pic, like say, a brief description of what makes its awesomeness?

xpost Michael do you mean analogous?

The Dreaded Rear Admiral (Leee), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:56 (sixteen years ago) link

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v417/albaalba/pic22508.jpg

Naked mole rat.

Alba (Alba), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:56 (sixteen years ago) link

(awesome because it looks like a penis with teeth, yes, obv.)

Alba (Alba), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:57 (sixteen years ago) link

flying fish
http://www.hoho.co.uk/assets/images/flying_fish.jpg

oops (Oops), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:03 (sixteen years ago) link

Michael do you mean analogous?

Yes, but my brane is sputtering.

Michael White (Hereward), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:04 (sixteen years ago) link

aardvarks!

Maria D. (Maria D.), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:47 (sixteen years ago) link

Bats!

Maria D. (Maria D.), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:47 (sixteen years ago) link

Australia owns this thread. Wait, I'll find you a platypus.

the music mole (colin s barrow), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:50 (sixteen years ago) link

WHY.

The Dreaded Rear Admiral (Leee), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:53 (sixteen years ago) link

I was just gonna say platypus. You're right about Australia. How many types of huge non-flying birds do you have?

oops (Oops), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:53 (sixteen years ago) link

Well there's the emu of course. I don't know of any others. We have some weird sea animals too: step forward, box jellyfish!

the music mole (colin s barrow), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:56 (sixteen years ago) link

I love portugese man-o-wars! Im sure i'll have to deal with them a lot when I move to the azores.

Homosexual II (Homosexual II), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:57 (sixteen years ago) link

Yes, they're beautiful. Anyway, here's a box jellyfish having lunch:

http://www.reefed.edu.au/images/25-7-6.jpg

If one of these stings you, you die. The solution: wear stocking material. Transvestitism has never been so adviseable.

the music mole (colin s barrow), Friday, 30 July 2004 22:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Isn't there a sea creature (like a nudibranch?) whose defense is inverting itself/spewing its inner organs at its predators and making its escape?

The Dreaded Rear Admiral (Leee), Friday, 30 July 2004 22:22 (sixteen years ago) link

you forgot about cassowaries! Those things are evil. I know there was another one, but I think it's extinct now.

oops (Oops), Friday, 30 July 2004 22:26 (sixteen years ago) link

Cassowaries have those scary big claws used to disembowel!

I know there was another one, but I think it's extinct now.

That's the rhea which I believe is situated in South America. There was a gigantic flightless bird, something like 15 feet tall, but I think it went extinct during the Ice Age or summat.

The Dreaded Rear Admiral (Leee), Friday, 30 July 2004 22:38 (sixteen years ago) link

No, there was another one native to Australia.

oops (Oops), Friday, 30 July 2004 22:40 (sixteen years ago) link

Flying squirrels (or am I thinking of another non-winged flyer/glider?) can glide for an incredibly long distance and land gently, with pin-point accuracy. I wonder if they on the path towards developing wings or not.

oops (Oops), Friday, 30 July 2004 22:42 (sixteen years ago) link

meerkats look weird - yet cute

DJ Martian (djmartian), Friday, 30 July 2004 22:48 (sixteen years ago) link

After a bit of googling: do you mean the Moas of New Zealand?

The Dreaded Rear Admiral (Leee), Friday, 30 July 2004 22:49 (sixteen years ago) link

I think so, Lee. It was only mentioned in passing on a TV show.
That illustration looks like the costume Lisa's Brazillian penpal wore,

oops (Oops), Friday, 30 July 2004 22:51 (sixteen years ago) link

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/afp/20040726/worm.html?ct=8463.58144496666

But the tiny males are just a bag of sperm and yolk and have no mouth or gut. Instead they live inside the female, and survive on the store of yolk inside their own fatty bodies. Some large females have over 100 males living inside them.

oops (Oops), Sunday, 1 August 2004 17:41 (sixteen years ago) link

http://www.dennisjudd.com/fun/fatcat.jpg

Gear! (Gear!), Sunday, 1 August 2004 17:47 (sixteen years ago) link

Has anybody an idea of what the inside of a marsupial's pouch is like? Is it dry, wet, warm, full of tapioca, what? Aussies, please help me.

x j e r e m y (x Jeremy), Sunday, 1 August 2004 19:41 (sixteen years ago) link

I love portugese man-o-wars! Im sure i'll have to deal with them a lot when I move to the azores.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Sunday, 1 August 2004 21:40 (sixteen years ago) link

Has anybody an idea of what the inside of a marsupial's pouch is like? Is it dry, wet, warm, full of tapioca, what? Aussies, please help me.
-- x j e r e m y

You have seen that Simpsons episode? I've often wondered about that myself.

the music mole (colin s barrow), Sunday, 1 August 2004 21:44 (sixteen years ago) link

haha, Mandee, are you serious??

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Sunday, 1 August 2004 21:52 (sixteen years ago) link

I don't think she is.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Sunday, 1 August 2004 21:54 (sixteen years ago) link

good, the concept of a fellow ILXor appearing on my turf was hurting my brane.

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Sunday, 1 August 2004 22:03 (sixteen years ago) link

(I mean, it's the only novelty I have, and a crappy one at that, but still!)

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Sunday, 1 August 2004 22:05 (sixteen years ago) link

Hey, I thought that was my novelty!

Tuomas (Tuomas), Sunday, 1 August 2004 22:09 (sixteen years ago) link

(ahem, aussies!)

x j e r e m y (x Jeremy), Sunday, 1 August 2004 22:43 (sixteen years ago) link

Starfish are weird; they're like some kind of space-alien creature. They pry apart oyster shells and then they turn their own stomachs inside-out and pull them through their mouths into the oyster shells to digest their prey before ingesting them.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Sunday, 1 August 2004 23:15 (sixteen years ago) link

quokkas are kinda weird, like a cross between a rat, a wallaby and a meerkat

gem (trisk), Sunday, 1 August 2004 23:20 (sixteen years ago) link

NEW TURTLE DROPPED
NEW TURTLE DROPPED
NEW TURTLE DROPPEDhttps://t.co/yQ88pRxVvP

— Be Just & Fear Not | Let None Survive (@SuperNerdMike) December 22, 2020

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Friday, 1 January 2021 12:43 (three months ago) link

also I posted this in the streaming thread but it's more appropriate here:

Something new/old that i got into this week is NHK Japan's DEEP OCEAN from 2015, which is four episodes of super alien deep sea ichthyology narrated by David Attenborough that will leave you in constant amazement at the weirdness of the natural plan. Get to know the jellynose fish! The Mariana snailfish! The bioluminescent barbeled dragonfish!

The best part: Joe Hisaishi, the music director responsible for all the Ghibli/Miyazaki films did the score for the whole series and it is FUCKING MAGICAL. I can see rewatching this for sleepytimes in perpetuity.

It was recently ported over to HBO Max in the US, though the fourth episode (set in the Antarctic) is oddly AWOL. You should try it!

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 3 January 2021 16:25 (three months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHXpMN-wZuU

ledge, Monday, 4 January 2021 14:03 (three months ago) link

Wild! It looks like a kindergartener's craft project.

Stone Cold Steve Ostentatious (Leee), Monday, 4 January 2021 19:16 (three months ago) link

"The ONLY LGBT-friendly fish dating sim!"
https://joffeorama.itch.io/benthic-love

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Monday, 4 January 2021 23:41 (three months ago) link

meet the genetically-identical potentially-invasive Marmorkrebs
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marbled_crayfish

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 10 January 2021 18:16 (three months ago) link

This chonky boy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7foAsAfuAXo

Sammy Agar-Agar (Leee), Saturday, 16 January 2021 17:04 (three months ago) link

the jug-band call is great and i love their temple-sweeped "ears"

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 16 January 2021 19:59 (three months ago) link

okay folks: we got ancient genitals

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/19/science/assassin-bug-penis-fossil.html

Among them were the insect’s basal plate, a stirrup-like structure, and hints of the pouch-like phallotheca, which supports the penis. In living assassin bugs, the entire package looks not unlike a Darth Vader mask, or a translucent athletic cup.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/19/science/dinosaur-cloaca-fossil.html

Dr. Kelly said she strongly suspected that most dinosaurs would have been of the penis-toting variety: “For the most part, if you have internal fertilization, you have some method of sticking it in.”

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 16:56 (two months ago) link

hot

John Wesley Glasscock (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 18:36 (two months ago) link

33-Year-Old Bat: I am the night.

Caretakers: You are an adorable senior citizen. pic.twitter.com/pgxAa9JORG

— Sonya The Outsider (@sable_sonya) February 2, 2021

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 2 February 2021 19:50 (two months ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/qkyeCoZ.png
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2021/01/tiny-chameleon-smallest-reptile-discovered-madagascar/

Scientists have discovered a tiny new species of chameleon in a patch of rainforest in northern Madagascar. This so-called nano-chameleon is about the size of a sunflower seed, fits on the tip of a finger, and may be the smallest reptile on Earth.

Officially known as Brookesia nana, or B. nana for short, the new species is so tiny it’s thought to survive on a diet of mites and springtails, which it hunts down in leaf litter.

Finding such a small reptile raises interesting questions about the lower limits of body size in vertebrates. It also highlights the astonishing—and highly threatened—biodiversity of Madagascar. Scientists suspect the chameleon will soon be listed as critically endangered.

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Friday, 5 February 2021 02:56 (two months ago) link

B.nana!!!!

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Friday, 5 February 2021 02:56 (two months ago) link

In other wholesome weird animal news, would you believe a vegetarian spider?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygn8V5mHUBk

Mike Mignola Electric Co. (Leee), Friday, 5 February 2021 21:16 (two months ago) link

The horrifying feeding habits of the world's largest single celled organisms in Antarctica

In Antarctica, there’s a single-celled foram that’s big enough for you to see and even pick up. And it is possibly the most terrifying predator on Earth. pic.twitter.com/WZUb1vBb13

— 𒇷 𒁯𒅗 (@Lee__Drake) February 6, 2021

Shaidar Logoff (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 7 February 2021 11:25 (two months ago) link

that is bonkers

John Wesley Glasscock (Hadrian VIII), Sunday, 7 February 2021 15:41 (two months ago) link

holy shit

Überschadenfreude (sleeve), Sunday, 7 February 2021 16:12 (two months ago) link

Terrifying, but also not an animal, which are all multicellular.

Mike Mignola Electric Co. (Leee), Sunday, 7 February 2021 17:38 (two months ago) link

Sorry, that comes off as gatekeepy! Whatever its taxonomy, it's a cool addition!

Mike Mignola Electric Co. (Leee), Sunday, 7 February 2021 17:43 (two months ago) link

https://www.wired.com/story/scientists-discover-strange-creatures-under-a-half-mile-of-ice
not super charismatic but the video is dope

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 18 February 2021 16:11 (two months ago) link

Ibex are fucking insane btw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG9TMn1FJzc

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 18 February 2021 20:00 (two months ago) link

why not put out a salt lick you assholes

assert (MatthewK), Thursday, 18 February 2021 22:32 (two months ago) link

lol srsly

Überschadenfreude (sleeve), Thursday, 18 February 2021 23:18 (two months ago) link

gotta get that sweet sweet footage

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 18 February 2021 23:30 (two months ago) link

re: Ibex, y'all really missed out on the "They crave that mineral" meme?

it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Monday, 1 March 2021 18:09 (one month ago) link

new one on me. i am all for more ibex memes.

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Monday, 1 March 2021 20:34 (one month ago) link

Glow in the dark shark dropped, at nearly six feet long it is the largest known bioluminescent vertebrate

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-56256808
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/174D/production/_117356950_fmars-08-633582-g003.jpg

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 March 2021 18:24 (one month ago) link

separately, cuttlefish show more restraint than gen xers
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/cuttlefish-can-pass-the-marshmallow-test/

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 March 2021 18:25 (one month ago) link

yeah, i kept meaning to post that. what a fuckin' weirdo!

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 10 March 2021 23:26 (one month ago) link

The urutaú, or ghost bird, is known for its cry similar to a human wail and is rarely seen during the day. pic.twitter.com/s90dQld7y8

— 🌊🌊Raymond Alvarado, LLM🌊🌊 (@Raymond_LLM) March 9, 2021

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 10 March 2021 23:49 (one month ago) link

Thirsty worms done in by their thirst: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cone-snail-venom-sea-worms-pheromones

Eleanor of Accutane (Leee), Friday, 19 March 2021 00:55 (four weeks ago) link

That Cornetto looks tasty.

mirostones, Friday, 19 March 2021 03:23 (four weeks ago) link

\m/__OO__\m/

http://i.imgur.com/1Y2sT35.png

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Friday, 19 March 2021 19:55 (four weeks ago) link

https://www.amnh.org/calendar/pteropods

Geologist Rosie Oakes will introduce us to the world of pteropods–tiny ocean creatures that migrate more than 650 feet (200 meters) every day from the surface to the bottom of the sea. Find out about the function of these fascinating critters within the larger ocean ecosystem, as well as their daily struggles as they fight predators, currents, and pollution in order to survive, in this family-friendly presentation.

Join the Facebook watch party on Thursday, March 25, at 2 pm ET, or view on this page at the designated time.

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 23 March 2021 17:14 (three weeks ago) link

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/30/science/blackwater-photography-fish-larvae.html
This whole deep-sea photography piece is a delight but especially

http://i.imgur.com/BeRYITs.png

... which i am recommending people start posting as a meme to any music discussion where they're fed up with the dialogue

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 31 March 2021 15:32 (two weeks ago) link

Who sez scientists don't have a sense of humor?

Ovid-19 (Leee), Wednesday, 31 March 2021 23:57 (two weeks ago) link

Microscopic wasps are weird:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb5Q-wQh4GI

Ovid-19 (Leee), Sunday, 4 April 2021 16:13 (two weeks ago) link

Ok, that's a weird one

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 08:34 (one week ago) link


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