Month: July 2010

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) is often the first bird to return from the winter migration. They’re welcome birds in gardens and house areas, because they hunt out insects. They’re widespread and very common in most parts of Europe, Asia and North Africa, stretching to as far east as northeastern Siberia. As many species that feed mostly

Southern Black Bream

Also known as the blue-nosed bream, southern bream, or black bream, the southern black bream is a type of freshwater fish that is endemic to Australia. They can be found from Western Australia, as well as the east coasts of Australia in Victoria and Tasmania. As a result, they are also known as the Perth

Chinook Salmon

The Chinook salmon is the largest anadromous species in the salmonidae family. The Chinook salmon is a Pacific Ocean salmon and variously known as the king salmon, blackmouth, black salmon, Columbia River salmon, chub salmon, tyee salmon, hook bill salmon, spring salmon, winter salmon, and Quinnat salmon. It is highly valued due to its relative

Leatherback Turtle

The Leatherback Turtle is the largest turtle in the world. All its lief is spent wearilessly swimming through the tropical and temperate seas, looking for food far from the shore. They can be observed in all seas of the world – from Iceland in the north to New Zealand in the south. At first glance

Geoffroy’s Tamarin

Also known as the Panamanian, Red-crested or Rufous-naped Tamarin, the Geoffroy’s Tamarin is a black and white tamarin species with a reddish nape. Geoffroy’s Tamarin is found in Panama and Colombia, and some researchers treat it as a subspecies to the cottontop tamarin. However, research actually indicates that they are two different species of animals.

Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey

Also known as the black-handed spider monkey, Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey originates from parts of Mexico and possibly Colombia. There are 5 subspecies of Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey and some primatologists actually classify the black-headed spider monkey as the same species as Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey. Look up! The 5 recognised subspecies of this monkey are: Nicaraguan Spider

Sea Cucumber

The sea cucumber is a marine animal (not plant) that is an echinoderm from the Holothuroidea class. It has leathery skin, an elongated body like a cucumber, and a single, branched gonad. They are found worldwide on the sea floor. Sea cucumbers are well known as they are used for human consumption, however the actual

Eastmanosteus

The Eastmanosteus is an ancient creatuer from the dinichthyid placoderms genus. It is closely related to the Dunkleosteus which was a giant fish, but with distinctive characteristics. These include having a more zig-zagging structure on the roof of the skull, a tuberculated bone ornament, and a nuchal plate that was much differently shaped to the

Red-faced Spider Monkey

The Red-faced spider monkey, also known as the Guiana spider monkey, is found in the northern areas of South America in Brazil to Guyana, as well as French Guiana. Its name comes from its striking appearance, as this black spider monkey has a glossy black coat, black face, and pink muzzle. A red-faced spider monkey

Dunkleosteus

The Dunkleosteus is a prehistoric fish that lived about 380-360 million years ago in the Late Devonian era. It was one of the largest arthrodire placoderms that ever lived, as it measured up to 10 meters (33ft) long and weighed a whopping 3.6 tonnes (4.0 short tons). It was a carnivorous creature but was a

Mountain Reedbuck

Mountain Reedbuck or Redunca Fulvorufula is a very elegant animal. This antelope inhabits mountainous areas – up to 5 km high (3 miles) nearĀ  African savannas where the plant life is poor. Differently from other African antelopes the Mountain Redbuck stays in the same place for the whole year and does not get involved in

Black-headed Spider Monkey

The black-headed spider monkey is a type of monkey found in Panama, Columbia, and Ecuador. There are 2 subspecies of the black-headed spider monkey: Ateles fusciceps fusciceps – Ecuador Ateles fusciceps rufiventris – southwest Colombia to eastern Panama Curious black-headed spider monkey The Ateles fusciceps fusciceps from Ecuador lives in tropical and subtropical forests that

Cotton-Top Tamarin

Also known as the Pinche Tamarin, the Cottontop Tamarin is a small monkey from South America. It is so light, that this little creature weighs a mere 500 grams! It lives around the edges of tropical rainforests as well as secondary forests. This little creature weighs only 500 grams! This species of tamarins are about

Spider Monkey

Spider monkeys are found in the tropical rainforests of Central and South America. There are 7 types of spider monkeys in the world. Their name derives from their disproportionate long limbs and long tail, which makes them one of the largest monkeys in this region. In fact, their long tail becomes like a 5th hand!

Common Wombat

The Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus) is a medium-sized and very skittish animal with a thick fur. Despite the fact that in appearance it seems like a cross between a badger and a small bear, the Wombat is a marsupial – that is, a mammal with a pouch in which to carry the young. Vombatus ursinus