Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Arabian Toad-headed Agama

Image: Tamsin Carlisle
Phrynocephalus arabicus
After focusing so much on the Secret Toadhead's weird face, I thought it would be nice to take another look at fun, toadhead tail!

Image: Dan Cogalniceanu
Arabian Toadheads are tiny, 5 cm (2 inch) long lizards who are well-adapted to life in the desert. They have to be, since they live in the deserts of the Arabian peninsular.

They have no ear-holes, which ensures they don't get sand in their ears. They also have long scales that act like eyelashes to protect their precious peepers.

Image: Todd Pierson
Arabian Toadheads are fast, agile insectivores who are active in all but the very hottest times of day. They have long limbs and their long toes appear to be serrated with a comb of spikes. I presume that helps them skitter over shifting sands.

Video: Weini17

They seem to be quite proud of those toes. You know when people advice you to "cool your heels"? Arabian Toadheads prefer to cool their toes! They can often be seen resting on the dunes, standing on the tippy-toes of their front legs and the heels of their back legs, using their tail for extra support.

Video: Weini17

Speaking of which, I can watch that crazy tail all day! It's just so exquisitely curly and wurly!

They use it to communicate with each other but... doesn't just look fun, too?

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Rainbow Nudibranch

Image: Ed Bierman
Dendronotus iris
Is this what passes for a rainbow...


Friday, 26 June 2015

Sternaspid Worm

Image: Kelly Sendall, Sergio I. Salazar-Vallejo

These would be one of the less worm-like worms!

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Red-lipped Batfish

Ogcocephalus darwini
Give your auntie Ena a kiss, why don't you?

Sunday, 21 June 2015

REAL monstrosa

Image: Jakob Fahr
Everyone knows beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but what about monstrousness? Surely monstrousness is far more substantial and objective than the wispy, nebulous beauty that exists nowhere but our own minds? It's all about the bulging body parts and too many legs. Even scientists can see that.

Thus we have monstrosa, Latin for monster.

So let's check out some scientifically confirmed (with real science and white lab coats) monsters. By their name we shall know them. Or their face.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Maze Coral

Image: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Meandrina meandrites
Some corals just want you to GET LOST!
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