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Let's talk about the best weird animals!

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

pangolin pangolin pangolin pangolin

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

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

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

I probably garbled that somewhat.

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

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

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

Larry Gowan!

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

Came in clear as a whistle NA.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Naked mole rat.

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

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

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

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

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

Michael do you mean analogous?

Yes, but my brane is sputtering.

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

aardvarks!

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

Bats!

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

WHY.

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

No, there was another one native to Australia.

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

meerkats look weird - yet cute

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

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

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

haha, Mandee, are you serious??

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

I don't think she is.

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

Hey, I thought that was my novelty!

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

(ahem, aussies!)

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

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 year ago) link

five months pass...

https://78.media.tumblr.com/558eb6930f366b8e3a9aee06a0d54cbd/tumblr_p7usycWakG1ui50dco1_540.jpg

The crabs are known for their signature move of always carrying a small living sea anemone around in each of its claws, which helps them catch food and protect themselves from predators (thought to resemble pom-poms or boxing gloves).

http://www2.padi.com/blog/2015/05/14/facts-about-the-pom-pom-crab/

Martin Landau Ballet (Leee), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 19:44 (one year ago) link

nature is awesome

my dreams in the hell-pits (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:51 (one year ago) link

Lots of paper nautilus links this week, here's a good one: https://www.sciencefriday.com/articles/the-seamstress-and-the-secrets-of-the-argonaut-shell/

Martin Landau Ballet (Leee), Thursday, 21 June 2018 19:39 (one year ago) link

Really interesting! Thanks.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Thursday, 21 June 2018 19:49 (one year ago) link

That is a great article.

Paul Reverse and the rediaRs (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 2 July 2018 04:36 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

https://youtu.be/VCJnlpUY-3g

Sea harbors xenomorph shocker.

The Finger Thing Means the Taxes (Leee), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:21 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Wow. That is...just, wow.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Friday, 7 December 2018 23:56 (eleven months ago) link

I love this weird planet.

From Damage Inc. to Metallica Inc. (Leee), Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:07 (eleven months ago) link

Researchers have already determined this is not the result of a human with a personal vendetta against seals and eels because all the cases were reported from remote islands that are only frequented by scientists.

I mean...how would someone even go about doing something like that anyway?

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:13 (eleven months ago) link

It's probably just hip. And everyone knows that having an eel hanging out of our left nostril is the gay nostril.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:15 (eleven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://youtu.be/u7QXdlSBGGY

Siouxie Sioux Vide (Leee), Sunday, 6 January 2019 17:52 (ten months ago) link

A Sometimes Tadpole.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Sunday, 6 January 2019 20:04 (ten months ago) link

those photos are amazing... the one of the newts is like a bosch painting.

visiting, Sunday, 13 January 2019 22:08 (ten months ago) link

agreed; the whole spread is worth exploring. The lamprey though...

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 13 January 2019 23:04 (ten months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Hagfish Day is the third Wednesday in October.

Oleeever St. John Yogurty (Leee), Monday, 28 January 2019 07:16 (ten months ago) link

The colors!

A Grape Ape Agape (Leee), Thursday, 14 February 2019 22:02 (nine months ago) link

https://phys.org/news/2016-04-sexual-reproduction-rotifers-scavenge-genes.html

Sequencing a bdelloid rotifer genome produced a big surprise, as about 8% of the genes looked foreign. Some genes were typical of fungi or bacteria, and endowed the rotifer with handy new properties such as breaking down toxins or using new foodstuffs. This "horizontal transfer" between rotifers and other organisms is ancient and ongoing.

Foreign DNA is spread all over the rotifer genome. So how did it get there? It seems that dehydration makes holes in cell membranes that can suck up DNA. The rotifers' efficient mechanism for repairing double stranded DNA breaks in dehydrated animals is perfect for incorporating foreign DNA into the genome.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2016-04-sexual-reproduction-rotifers-scavenge-genes.html#jCp

Gaseous Clay (Leee), Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00 (nine months ago) link

That's quite amazing!

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 22 February 2019 00:27 (nine months ago) link

Aww: https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/horizontal-gene-transfer-in-bdelloid-rotifers-questioned-64483

TLDR dirty test tubes may have contaminated the DNA sequencing, so the intraspecies horizontal gene transfer is still an open question.

Gaseous Clay (Leee), Friday, 22 February 2019 00:40 (nine months ago) link

five months pass...

Plants are weird too! https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/07/mystery-undead-tree-stump/594673/

With extra credit for this beautiful arrangement:

Underground, trees are intimately connected. The fungi on their roots can wire adjacent individuals to one another and ferry nutrients between them, creating what ecologists have come to call a “wood-wide web.”

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Thursday, 25 July 2019 23:02 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Parasitic barnacles! https://youtu.be/B9_RUwR3RFU?t=375

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:17 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

Rapacious caterpillar!

https://youtu.be/2zfNDvT28rU

Johnny Grottan from the Skeks Pistols (Leee), Sunday, 15 September 2019 16:22 (two months ago) link

that thing looks delicious

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 15 September 2019 19:58 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

spiders flying on electrostatic waves
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/07/the-electric-flight-of-spiders/564437/

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 16:17 (two months ago) link

Amazing!

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 22:20 (two months ago) link

Bat, no way, more like skeklek!

HELLA FITZGERALD (Leee), Friday, 11 October 2019 17:14 (one month ago) link

If wee bats are flying mice this is a flying capybara.

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Saturday, 12 October 2019 18:01 (one month ago) link

lol, bronx zoo just sent me an eblast; check out these d-holes
http://i.imgur.com/UX1xYlW.png

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:15 (one month ago) link

Who's a cute dhole?

HELLA FITZGERALD (Leee), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 18:14 (one month ago) link

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-17/paris-zoo-unveils-blob-organism-with-720-sexes/11610804

"We know for sure it is not a plant but we don't really know if it's an animal or a fungus," Mr David said. "It behaves very surprisingly for something that looks like a mushroom … it has the behaviour of an animal, it is able to learn."

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 17 October 2019 14:37 (one month ago) link

Amazing!

HELLA FITZGERALD (Leee), Thursday, 17 October 2019 17:30 (one month ago) link

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/21/science/loudest-bird-bellbird.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQlxGDNc2c8
http://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/10/21/science/21tb-loudbird/21tb-loudbird-jumbo.jpg

The white bellbird’s second song type is louder than a jackhammer, and approaches, “at its peak, the amplitude of a pile driver” — around 125 decibels, said Dr. Podos. That makes it three times more intense than the call of the screaming piha, the previous record-holder for loudness.

The researchers also discovered a trade-off between song length and amplitude — the more intense the song’s peak, the less time it lasted. “If sexual selection keeps pushing the song to be louder and louder, it’s going to become shorter and shorter,” said Dr. Podos.

One big mystery remains. The white bellbird sings its pile driver tune when a potential mate is nearby. It starts facing away from her, and then whips around to blast the loudest, record-setting note right into her face.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 15:46 (one month ago) link

Is that its natural call? Crazy! (There's another bird that mimics human-made noises like jackhammers.)

HELLA FITZGERALD (Leee), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 16:44 (one month ago) link

fuuuuuuuuuuck
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QdiT3W6KAM

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 27 October 2019 03:22 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Dragonfly covered in morning dew. pic.twitter.com/XPgqxilJWe

— Land of cuteness (@landpsychology) November 7, 2019

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 10 November 2019 16:46 (three weeks ago) link

Dragonfly covered in morning dew. pic.twitter.com/XPgqxilJWe

— Land of cuteness (@landpsychology) November 7, 2019

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 10 November 2019 16:46 (three weeks ago) link

Some of the most interesting mimicry I’ve ever seen — the wings of this moth (Macrocilix maia) mimic two flies feasting on bird droppings. pic.twitter.com/RdYJOcqYoc

— Dorsa Amir (@DorsaAmir) November 9, 2019

Number None, Monday, 11 November 2019 16:25 (three weeks ago) link

very alexander mcqueen

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 11 November 2019 16:41 (three weeks ago) link


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