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Let's talk about the best weird animals!

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

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

pangolin pangolin pangolin pangolin

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

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

oops (Oops), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I probably garbled that somewhat.

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

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

oops (Oops), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Larry Gowan!

Huck, Friday, 30 July 2004 20:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Came in clear as a whistle NA.

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

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

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

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

Michael White (Hereward), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

Naked mole rat.

Alba (Alba), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

Alba (Alba), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

oops (Oops), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Michael do you mean analogous?

Yes, but my brane is sputtering.

Michael White (Hereward), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

aardvarks!

Maria D. (Maria D.), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Bats!

Maria D. (Maria D.), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

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

WHY.

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

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

No, there was another one native to Australia.

oops (Oops), Friday, 30 July 2004 22:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

meerkats look weird - yet cute

DJ Martian (djmartian), Friday, 30 July 2004 22:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

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

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

Gear! (Gear!), Sunday, 1 August 2004 17:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

haha, Mandee, are you serious??

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Sunday, 1 August 2004 21:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I don't think she is.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Sunday, 1 August 2004 21:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Hey, I thought that was my novelty!

Tuomas (Tuomas), Sunday, 1 August 2004 22:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(ahem, aussies!)

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

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

gem (trisk), Sunday, 1 August 2004 23:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I wonder what makes BusinessInsider empathise with this little fish...

Eallach mhór an duine leisg (dowd), Tuesday, 20 June 2017 03:51 (seven months ago) Permalink

I have been laughing at that peen fish for a good five minutes.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Tuesday, 20 June 2017 17:49 (seven months ago) Permalink

Fuck. Someone just walked by my computer and saw and I loudly exclaimed, "It's not a penis, it's a fish!"

. . .

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Tuesday, 20 June 2017 17:52 (seven months ago) Permalink

great now animals are turning into dildos and swarming on beaches

Dean of the University (Latham Green), Tuesday, 20 June 2017 18:24 (seven months ago) Permalink

what do they think they are, politics?

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Tuesday, 20 June 2017 18:40 (seven months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

GTFO with your photoshop nonsense

Wichita prepares for totality (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 2 September 2017 07:36 (five months ago) Permalink

That's just a photoshop flipbook. (It is very cool)

Eallach mhór an duine leisg (dowd), Saturday, 2 September 2017 18:04 (five months ago) Permalink

Seeing it in motion is like woah.

Germ Leee Adolescents (Leee), Saturday, 2 September 2017 22:30 (five months ago) Permalink

Crazy awesome little pretty monster.

Wichita prepares for totality (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 3 September 2017 01:59 (five months ago) Permalink

looks like a winged lobster

, Sunday, 3 September 2017 13:32 (five months ago) Permalink

that's right, a squid with human teeth

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:06 (four months ago) Permalink

I know a human with squid teeth, so fair's far

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Thursday, 21 September 2017 01:43 (four months ago) Permalink

Have spent part of today reading about octopus intelligence, and man they are amazing

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 10:19 (four months ago) Permalink

Started from here https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n17/amia-srinivasan/the-sucker-the-sucker and went on into wonderland

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 10:23 (four months ago) Permalink

Damn, son. That's fantastic. I now need to read those two books. What a compelling and well-written story. And what a beautiful and tragic creature.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 18:34 (four months ago) Permalink

(if you've got more links please, do share!)

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 18:35 (four months ago) Permalink

Have spent part of today reading about octopus intelligence, and man they are amazing

I've said before, the cephalapods are going to kill us all

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 18:38 (four months ago) Permalink

This one is older and anthropomorphizes a lot, but it has amusing anecdotes and in the end is moving: https://orionmagazine.org/article/deep-intellect/

Insane Clown Fosse (Leee), Wednesday, 27 September 2017 01:04 (four months ago) Permalink

Keffler also noted that, contrary to what you might think, the Giant Pacific octopus, despite being one of the world’s largest octopuses, isn’t actually terribly strong, certainly not enough to squeeze a person in any damaging way, nor are their beaks of any real concern.

>=(

Strong enough to kill a shark.

Klingon T'Kuvma Why Don't You Love Mah? (Leee), Tuesday, 3 October 2017 20:46 (four months ago) Permalink

Must-watch for cephalopd (esp. cuttlefish) fans:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-cxg8mF_Lw

Klingon T'Kuvma Why Don't You Love Mah? (Leee), Friday, 6 October 2017 20:42 (four months ago) Permalink

has the duck with the gigantic corkscrew penis already been posted

Karl Malone, Friday, 6 October 2017 21:00 (four months ago) Permalink

you know what, even if it has

http://i.imgur.com/3qGJmDc.jpg

Karl Malone, Friday, 6 October 2017 21:02 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

heroic spirit animal in an as-yet-to-be-titled studio ghibli film

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Monday, 30 October 2017 18:56 (three months ago) Permalink

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clionidae

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Monday, 30 October 2017 20:30 (three months ago) Permalink

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

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 9 November 2017 17:54 (three months ago) Permalink

The mouth parts on this one! http://www.nikonsmallworld.com/galleries/entry/2017-photomicrography-competition/38

Entree 3000 (Leee), Thursday, 9 November 2017 18:19 (three months ago) Permalink

microanimal #1 looks like Brak from Space Ghost

bodak horseman (voodoo chili), Thursday, 9 November 2017 18:28 (three months ago) Permalink

a tape worm, I think?

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Thursday, 9 November 2017 21:26 (three months ago) Permalink

wild

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 10 November 2017 15:18 (three months ago) Permalink

This splendid twitter thread on weird foxes will be worth your time

in the face of insomnia i will attempt to assign letter grades to the weird foxes. please stand by and watch this space for weird fox letter grades,, thank you

— Colin J Carlson (@ColinJCarlson) November 12, 2017

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:50 (three months ago) Permalink

:-)

cubism is alive and well

Ludo, Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:56 (three months ago) Permalink

excellent grading game by colin there

mark s, Sunday, 12 November 2017 21:07 (three months ago) Permalink

Couldn't see an flying foxes, so that's a demerit.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Sunday, 12 November 2017 21:10 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Looks delicious.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Wednesday, 20 December 2017 10:07 (one month ago) Permalink

Like poached egg on cauliflower.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Wednesday, 20 December 2017 10:08 (one month ago) Permalink

Taken at near noon in sunlight. A missed opportunity for something like this (taken at 25 m in the Maldives in 2014).

Sanpaku, Wednesday, 20 December 2017 20:03 (one month ago) Permalink


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