Month: January 2011

Gorgas’s Rice Rat

Gorgas’s Rice Rat, also known as Gorgas’s Oryzomys or Oryzomys gorgasi is a rodent that belongs to the family Cricetidae. It was first collected alive in 1967 and is only known to inhabit a few locations such as a freshwater swamp in the lowlands of north-western Colombia as well as a mangrove islet in north-western

Blue-faced Honeyeater

The Blue-faced Honeyeater also known as a Bananabird is a bird that belongs to the Honeyeater family. It is the only member of its genus, and there are 3 subspecies that have been recognised. These birds are found in southern New Guinea and northern and eastern Australia. An adult Blue-faced Honeyeater The 3 subspecies are:


The Edmontosaurus is a crestless duck-billed dinosaur which was found in western North America. The fossils found were dated back to the Cretaceous Period, during the late Campanian stage to the end of the Maastrichtian stage which was between 73 to 65.5 million years ago. They were one of the last non-avian dinosaurs before they


The Mesopropithecus is an extinct small to medium-sized lemur from Madagascar. There were 3 species of Mesopropithecus and it is part of the sloth lemur family. The Mesopropithecus was originally scientifically described by Standing in 1905. The skull of the Mesopropithecus globiceps All 3 species of Mesopropithecus were herbivores. They ate seeds, fruits, and leaves

Pantropical spotted dolphin

A species of dolphin that is found throughout the tropical and temperate oceans all over the world is the Pantropical Spotted Dolphin. This species was unfortunately under threat due to commercial fisheries, but due to conservation efforts, their population has successfully bounced back and is now one of the most abundant dolphin species worldwide. They


The common name of the order Euphausiacea is Krill. Also known as euphausiids, these are shrimp-like marine crustaceans that are small inverbrates found in every ocean of the world. They are an important part of the food chain as they are near the bottom of it. They feed on phytoplankton and to a lesser extent,

Common bottlenose dolphin

The Common Bottlenose Dolphins which is also known as Tursiops truncates are normally found in warm and temperate seas worldwide (it is named bottlenose due to the animal having a short rounded snout or ‘beak’ that looks like a bottle). It is actually similar to small whales and falls under the category group known as

Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin

The Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins which is also known as Tursiops aduncus and it nearly resembles the Tursiops truncates but its body is more robust, moderately long beak, falcate dorsal fin, develops ventral spotting when it grows older, and smaller compare to the Common Bottlenose Dolphins. An Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin jumping These dolphins are normally found

Pacific White-Sided Dolphin

The Pacific White-Sided Dolphin, which are also known as Lagenorhynchus obliquidens, are a very active species that is normally found in the cool or temperate waters of the North Pacific Ocean. It is actually similar to the Dusky Dolphin which is common in the southern Pacific Ocean. These types of dolphins are also often used

Maui’s dolphin

The world’s smallest dolphin is Maui’s dolphin. They are actually a sub-species of Hector’s dolphin. They are only found throughout the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. They are amongst New Zealand’s rarest species. As of 2008, unfortunately only less than 110 of these Maui’s dolphins remain due to the large amount of fishing


Lemurs are primates that are endemic to Madagascar island. They are named after the ghosts or spirits called lemurs in Roman mythology because of its reflective eyes, ghostly vocalisations, and nocturnal habitats of certain lemur species. A red ruffed lemur lazing around The lemurs are travellers which arrived on Madagascar island approximately 62 to 65


The Marlin is a fish that is famous for its elongate body, its long rigid dorsal fin which almost forms a crest, and its spear-like bill. Its common name is thought to be derived from a sailor’s marlinspike. These animals are very fast swimmers which reach speeds of up to 110 km per hour. A


The Cochineal is an insect which is famous for which the crimson dye, carmine, is derived from. This insect is actually a parasite which is native to both tropical and sub-tropical Mexico and South America. It lives on cacti and feeds on the cacti’s moisture as well as its nutrients. A drawing of the Cochineal

Common Firecrest

The Common Firecrest, also simply just known as the Firecrest, is a small passerine bird that belongs to the kinglet family. It was first scientifically described by Coenraad Jacob Temminck in 1820. It is found all over temperate Europe and north-western Africa. It is a partially migratory bird. This bird can be found almost everywhere


The Daspletosaurus (or “frightful lizard’ in English) is a the of tyrannosaurid theropoid dinosaur. It lived in the western region of North America during the Late Cretaceous Period which was around 77 – 74 million years ago. It was originally found in Alberta, although some potential speciments were also found in Montana. They were first