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Not sure if this one has been posted yet.
Its called a Promachoteuthis Sulcus, Its a deep-sea squid, whit human-like teeth instead of a beak
Atolla wyvillei - Its one of the most fascinating jellyfishes. When attached, it will illuminate, attracting a bigger prey to eat its attacker
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reviving this thread to bring you this awesome site:
incredible stuff for incredulous people. so much wtf at times.
(sorry for the size)
that's a fucking fish!
These things have the most impressive mouths. Skip to 2:00 or so.
"Today I discovered that when a deer sheds its velvet, the antlers are bloody and raw looking for a while afterwards. Disgustingly beautiful."
They bury deep in the sand so you have to dig deep to get them. You have to be careful when you get them because they can be contaminated by red tide.
I never ate them as a kid because they are kind of tough and don't really taste that great. Small clams are much better.
Another weird thing that people have started eating is salmon eggs. I see jars of them sold as caviar. My dad and I used salmon eggs (roe) as bait when we fished. We would preserve the roe with Borax.
One man's bait is another man's caviar.
Hey guys, I'm looking for a gif of a nightmarish deepsea fish, and I'm not sure if I saw it here or not.
This is one scary fish. When it eats, it opens its jaws and it looks like ANOTHER set of jaws pops out from under, all Predator-like, and extends forward to nab prey.
Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
Yeah I just knew them as Cave Whip spiders. Didn't know the correct term for them Vermis thanx.
Originally I became interested after seeing one in Harry Potter.
I'm still not sure if they're considered to be spiders or scorpions though.
My knowledge of scientific biological transmogrifications is only outmatched by my zest for Kung-Fu treachery.
aww look at that adorable chinese water deer, isn't it cute...
who's cute? yes, you are, yes you...
I used to have a couple myself. Not that size, though.Originally I became interested after seeing one in Harry Potter.
Neither. It depends on who or when you ask, but according to wikipedia at least there are eleven living orders of arachnids. Spiders (Araneae) and scorpions (Scorpiones) are only two. Amblypygi is another.I'm still not sure if they're considered to be spiders or scorpions though.
Looks like it's time for my 'look at all these cool weird things' post...
Araneae - Spiders. Two suborders: Mesothelae and Opisthothelae (say that ten times, quickly). The Mesothelae is an old, 'primitive' line, only represented today by the family Liphistiidae in the far east. The liphistiids build trapdoor burrows and look similar to tarantulas, but with abdominal segments. The only living spiders armoured this way.
Opisthothelae is divided into infraorders Mygalomorphae and Araneomorphae. Mygalomorphs are stocky, relatively 'primitive' spiders, defined largely by downward pointing fangs. Includes, among others, tarantulas (family Theraphosidae, which contains the world's heaviest, if not largest spider), funnel webs (Hexathelidae), and 'true' trapdoor spiders (Ctenizidae).
Araneomorphs - the common, 'typical' spiders, including the spinners of spiral webs, but a lot of others too, including hunting and jumping spiders. Characterised by fangs crossing in a pincer fashion.
Scorpiones. A lot of families to list - The Scorpion Files is a decent site to read up on them and peer at photos.
Thelyphonida. The whipscorpions or vinegaroons. So-called because of their ability to spray a vinegar-smelling combination of irritating acid as a defence. Otherwise non-venomous.
Schizomida. Shorttailed whipscorpions. Recently broken off from Thelyphonida. Little guys.
Palpigradi. Microwhip scorpions. Even smaller!
Amblypygi. Long legged, fast, non-venomous. The pedipalps are vaguely scorpion- or mantis-like claws, and the first pair of legs have developed into very thin, long feelers - aka their 'whips'.
Solifugae. The infamous camel spider, sun spider, or wind scorpion. Some daft urban legends about these have been doing the internet meme tour, but they're not venomous, dangerous, or especially hungry for human flesh. They are fast and have extremely strong jaws for their size, though.
Opiliones. Harvestmen or daddy-long-legs. Subject of an urban legend of their own.
Pseudoscorpionida. Pseudoscorpions, natch. Tiny, omnipresent, rarely seen pest-controllers. They have venomous claws and hitch rides on insects.
Ricinulei. Hooded tickspiders. Small blind predators with a... hood.
Acari. Mites and ticks. Last but not least. A mind-boggling array of plant parasites, animal parasites, predators and detrivores.
Apols if any of this stuff has been posted before.
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I was going to post some of this in reply to the Disney - Sexism and Animation topic, but it seemed more appropriate here.
subgroup of a subgroup of a subgroup of a subgroup of a subgroup of a subgroup of a subgroup of Theropoda - the meat-eating dinosaurs. And there are a few subgroups I missed out. For brevity. The line between what's traditionally a 'bird' or a 'dinosaur' becomes very blurred among some of those. You're more likely to hear palaeontologists speak of 'neornithines', 'avialans' and 'non-avian dinosaurs', although to speak of branches and clades, rather than old, strict divisions.
As for entertainment, these days I have trouble watching jackdaws march round the garden without adding my own mental dubs of screeches and roars. And here's a tangent: intelligent dinosaurs wouldn't look like the old anthrocentric dinosauroid concept from '82:
They look like this:
Scroll back up a bit, take a fresh look at some of Biglu's video gifs.
Vegavis would disagree.
Greetings from 1968.giant, cold-blooded egg layers
Hydrothermal worm, viewed under an electron microscope.
My sketchbook thread:
Interesting that before this footage was taken, textbooks would show and describe this fish as having a very concave head with telescopic eyes protruding from it. The transparent dome that the eyes are actually enclosed within never survived the journey to the surface. The fish itself was relatively well known, but no one had any idea that it had this "observatory" for a head...