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Bizarre creatures: You won’t believe they really exist!

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The Panda Ant

 

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The panda-ant may look cute, but its sting is painful! Technically not an ant but a wasp, its colors and patters are aposematic, warning other predators to stay away. Only the female is wingless, and despite sometimes being referred to as the “cow-killer ant,” its sting isn’t the most deadly or painful: this title belongs to a type of harvester ant that can kill a two-pound mammal with just six stings.

Leaf-Tailed Gecko

 

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As their name suggests, leaf-tailed geckos are named after their broad, flat leaf-like tail which extends out between this lizard’s hind legs. Leaf-tailed geckos are also brown or green in colour and their skin is usually marked in such a way that it resembles tree bark. This gives the leaf-tailed gecko excellent camouflage when it is basking in the sun amongst the branches during the day.

The Living Rock

 

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This bizarre sea creature called the Pyura Chilensis lives off the coast of Chile and Peru is often called a living rock or sea squirt. It is born a male before developing female organs which means it can breed with itself. The unusual mass of organs feeds on algae and microrganisms by inhaling them through seawater.

Chinese Water Deer

 

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The Water Deer (Hydropotes inermis), also known as the vampire deer, is a small deer superficially more similar to a musk deer than a true deer. The males don’t have antlers but get long fangs instead.

Red-Lipped Batfish

 

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This fish would make Darwin proud. In fact, the red-lipped batfish is named after him (Ogcocephalus darwini). This unusual fish has a lot of adaptations that make it look and act very un-fish-like. First, its pectoral, pelvic, and anal fins are modified in such a way that it can rest on the sea floor on them. In some cases, it can move on its pectoral and pelvic fins as if it was walking! The second major adaptation is the modified dorsal fin that resembles the lures of the closely related angler fishes.

Dumbo Oktopus

 

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The most obvious characteristic of dumbo octopuses is their rounded ‘ears’ sticking out of the sides of their heads. No other kind of octopus has these and they are quite large so they look like elephant ears, in particular, the ears of the famous Disney character, Dumbo. That’s how they got their name.

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  1. Herbert Gerhart Hass von Storch Sunday, 1. January 2017, 02:08 AM

    der blobfish hat mir sehr gefallen. Er ist schleimig, fettleibig und seine Nase sieht aus wie eine Kartoffel.
    Ein Prachtexemplar, Mann sollte ihm im aquarium einen Ehrenplatz anbieten.
    Seine Lippen erinnern mich an Kylie Jenna (Sie isst heiss). Kylie Jenner sieht auch aus wie eine Kartoffel, ich mag Kartoffeln, die sind wie Baeume, nur anders!

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