Friday 30 December 2011

Bristle Millipede

Image: Biopix, G Drange
In one way, the smallest porcupine in the world is the Rothschild's Porcupine from South America. In another way, it's not a porcupine at all. It's a millipede.

Wednesday 28 December 2011

Lion's Mane Mushroom

Image: Wikipedia
Whoa! Er... did Santa snag his beard on something?

This here is the Lion's Mane Mushroom, also known as the Bearded Tooth Mushroom, Pom Pom Mushroom and lots of other names involving beards and hedgehogs. Also Hericium erinaceus, and according to Google Translate erinaceus means 'hedgehog'. So that's nice.

Sunday 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

I'm saying 'Merry Christmas!' to everyone, see?

Also Boxing Day. May your cold turkey remain unusually palatable for a long time to come.

Friday 23 December 2011

Hawaiian Squirrelfish

Image: WorldFish Center - FishBase
Just some random Christmassy garb!

Wednesday 21 December 2011

Christmas Tree Worm

Image: Wikimedia
Do you have a Christmas tree? What colour is it? Blue? Yellow? A gentle cascade of white atop deep reds and mahogany extremities? I sure hope it's not green. Terribly passé...

Sunday 18 December 2011

You scratch my dorsal fin, I'll scratch yours

Image: Aleš Kocourek
Giant Moray
We last left the Moray Eel a fearsome creature of the night, his heart darkened by years of solitude, his face grimacing in the shadow of his own bitter soul. You definitely don't want to kick your football into his garden.

Friday 16 December 2011

Atolla Jellyfish

Image: NOAA
Just in time for the holiday season! Some kind of alternative dreamcatcher. Red with tentacles. Just what the world was calling for!

Wednesday 14 December 2011

Spitting Spider

Image: Michel Vuijlsteke via Flickr
This is absolutely nuts! How on earth have I managed to reach a double-digits age without hearing about this thing?! No fair!

Spitting Spiders do exactly what it sounds like they do. I remember Spider Man could squirt out a gooey mess, and he was 15 when he got bitten by that radioactive spider so... no, never mind. The point is, was Spider Man's gooey mess poisonous? I don't think it was!

Monday 12 December 2011

Himalayan Relict Dragonfly

Image: chochoensis
Now that we know all about the differences between Dragonflies and Damselflies, we can appreciate the confusion caused by the Himalayan Relict Dragonfly and its one and only related species.

Sunday 11 December 2011

What's the Difference Between Damselflies and Dragonflies?

Image: Colon Archilla, Alfredo
Red Setwing, Dythemis rufinervis
A Dragonfly

Dragonflies and Damselflies together form the order Odonata and also happen to comprise some of the objectively best, living things in the world, ever... FACT!

Being so closely related you can appreciate that they'd be pretty similar, but there are also some clear differences. It isn't that the local villagers have to offer up a Damselfly every year to stop the ferocious Dragonfly from coming into town all angry and hungry, but the Dragons are the more formidable beast.

Let's see!

Friday 9 December 2011


Image: Wikimedia
I've long been a fan of the Shoebill. They just look so... dangerous. I'm a huge fan of dangerous things that can't hurt me in any way. In fact, that's my favourite kind of dangerous!

Thursday 8 December 2011

Kitefin Shark

Oh dear.

Oh dear me, no.

It wasn't long after the Cookiecutter Shark that I discovered they have a big brother. It's in a different genus and dissimilar in many ways, but the Kitefin Shark is more closely related to the Cookiecutter than it is to any other shark. Also... TEETH!

Wednesday 7 December 2011


Broadbarred Firefish
Image: Wikipedia
The beautiful, deadly and exquisitely lethal Lionfish. Clear evidence that we can all be murderous and look good doing it!

Sunday 4 December 2011

Cookiecutter Shark

Oh No! There's a shark!


It's only 50 cm (19 inches) long.


Wait... it's a Cookiecutter!


Friday 2 December 2011

Japanese Spider Crab

Image: Wikipedia
The GIANT Japanese Spider Crab! Or Macrocheira kaempferi. Or 高脚蟹, which means "tall-footed crab"... you can say that again!

Thursday 1 December 2011

Red-footed Cannibalfly

Image: Lynette S. via Flickr

When you come across something called the Red-footed Cannibalfly, you don't keep it to yourself. You glory in his name!