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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".
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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.
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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

That octopus squid with the glowing tips of its arms!

Triceratops Vowell (Leee), Thursday, 16 April 2020 00:17 (six months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saMq36vh9ls

Triceratops Vowell (Leee), Saturday, 18 April 2020 21:23 (six months ago) link

that's a weird animal

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 18 April 2020 21:48 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Jackal food is a parasitic plant native to Africa that siphons off nutrients from other plants' roots. Its flowers surface after heavy rainfall & emit a carrion-like stench to attract pollinators. Its fruit is similar to a potato & attracts animals like jackals.

[📸: E. Black] pic.twitter.com/4wtqbhYG3Q

— American Museum of Natural History (@AMNH) May 4, 2020

i am a horse girl (map), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 01:40 (five months ago) link

weird but not animal

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 01:45 (five months ago) link

Gonna pass on reading the comments there

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 01:50 (five months ago) link

More weirdness from previously featured Osedax aka zombie worms:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZdP216pq7c

Osedax Church (Leee), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 00:21 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

https://youtu.be/SCm3aDq_sfA

Nurseryfish!

AxoLOLtl (Leee), Saturday, 4 July 2020 05:46 (three months ago) link

tho both of those stories are fucking goldmines, only the latter contains this picture

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

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 11 July 2020 07:02 (three months ago) link

Thanks for the nightmare fuel. Another fun fact from that article that I wasn't aware of before is that slow lorises -- primates -- are also venomous.

AxoLOLtl (Leee), Saturday, 11 July 2020 16:00 (three months ago) link

Venomous underarms!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 11 July 2020 17:08 (three months ago) link

That they lick when threatened! 0.0

AxoLOLtl (Leee), Saturday, 11 July 2020 17:21 (three months ago) link

We haven't linked anything from the ocean deep animal in a while: https://www.cnet.com/news/ultra-black-fish-reveal-secrets-of-deep-dark-ocean-camouflage/

AxoLOLtl (Leee), Friday, 17 July 2020 18:14 (three months ago) link

Oh and I meant to add a link to this caecilian: http://uglyoverload.blogspot.com/2012/08/ugly-and-not-safe-for-work.html

AxoLOLtl (Leee), Friday, 17 July 2020 18:15 (three months ago) link

Time for cuteness

NEW FAVOURITE ANIMAL ALERT: Leafsheep. Only animal that can photosynthesize

NEW FAVOURITE ANIMAL ALERT: Leafsheep. Only animal that can photosynthesize pic.twitter.com/iphILB6P0I

— L.e (@termiteinmyhead) July 15, 2020

willem, Friday, 17 July 2020 18:59 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

When they reach the end of that tunnel, the insects may be able to tickle open the cloacal sphincter, the ring of muscle that drawstrings the frog’s rear end shut, expelling themselves in a flood of feces.

||||||||, Monday, 3 August 2020 21:54 (two months ago) link

lol yes that bit caught my eye too.

Garry Shambling (Leee), Monday, 3 August 2020 22:04 (two months ago) link

it's a hell of a detail

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 4 August 2020 02:58 (two months ago) link

https://youtu.be/FXmVW0MMYFI

Garry Shambling (Leee), Sunday, 9 August 2020 17:02 (two months ago) link

The curious dance of the saci, also known as the striped cuckoo.

🎥 Ednilson Pereira. pic.twitter.com/2eQLkaGEA4

— Science girl (@gunsnrosesgirl3) August 9, 2020

snakes & cookies (doo dah), Saturday, 15 August 2020 23:06 (two months ago) link

let a million WAP videos bloom

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 16 August 2020 05:34 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Lystrosaurus's weirdness is eclipsed only by its pathetic ugliness. Never will a child name it as their favorite saurus, ever.

the burrito that defined a generation, Friday, 4 September 2020 17:45 (one month ago) link

this animal's kinda weird - why is it jumping into leaf piles? for what reason? it is weird to do things for no apparent reason

https://youtu.be/Tu3HN-MmJc4

the burrito that defined a generation, Friday, 4 September 2020 17:46 (one month ago) link

oh it's like that huh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu3HN-MmJc4

the burrito that defined a generation, Friday, 4 September 2020 17:47 (one month ago) link

Does the animal think that there is potentially food or a mate inside of the leaf pile, with which it may fulfill its biological imperatives? I do not understand

the burrito that defined a generation, Friday, 4 September 2020 17:50 (one month ago) link

I think that lystrosaurus is adorable, WKIW

sleeve, Friday, 4 September 2020 17:51 (one month ago) link

Lystrosaurus gurgles a barely audible "THANK YOU, FRIEND" at you from its pus-encrusted mouth/anus combination orifice

the burrito that defined a generation, Friday, 4 September 2020 17:55 (one month ago) link

Lystrosaurus is the ORNALDO BLOOMPS of Pokemon.

Ruth Bae Ginsburg (Leee), Friday, 4 September 2020 19:20 (one month ago) link

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-46258616

Ruth Bae Ginsburg (Leee), Saturday, 12 September 2020 00:36 (one month ago) link

"We opened those intestines up like it was Christmas"

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Saturday, 12 September 2020 00:49 (one month ago) link

lol that stood out to me as well

sleeve, Saturday, 12 September 2020 01:07 (one month ago) link

(totally fascinating, btw)

sleeve, Saturday, 12 September 2020 01:07 (one month ago) link

Very much so!

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Saturday, 12 September 2020 01:14 (one month ago) link

Excellent.

Went down a rabbit hole from that which led me to witness the following sentence fragment

mites in the genus Adactylidium, which mate inside the body of their mother before they are born

imago, Thursday, 17 September 2020 08:07 (one month ago) link

This is life

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adactylidium

imago, Thursday, 17 September 2020 08:09 (one month ago) link

That is metal, gross, and amazing.

Ruth Bae Ginsburg (Leee), Thursday, 17 September 2020 18:16 (one month ago) link

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-54284952

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 26 September 2020 18:11 (one month ago) link

weird heroes

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Saturday, 26 September 2020 18:13 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwxV1wbBrfU

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 5 October 2020 14:44 (three weeks ago) link

the high lonesome sound

Splack Packath (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 5 October 2020 15:06 (three weeks ago) link

I think my neighbour has one of these...

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Monday, 5 October 2020 15:20 (three weeks ago) link

some beautiful pictures in here. a sub to Nat Geo is still worth it btw.
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2020/10/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year/

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 15 October 2020 18:32 (two weeks ago) link


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