Month: July 2010

Macquarie Perch

The Macquarie Perch is a freshwater fish that is native to Australia and found in the Murray-Darling river system. Although it is found predominantly in the Murray-Darling river, its name is derived from the Macquarie River where the specimen was first collected. The Macquarie Perch is native to Australia They are medium-sized fish that are

Dor Beetle

The Dor Beetle feeds on organic matter, left behind by large herbivores. Without this bug, the world would have turned into a large pile of feces a long time ago. The Dor Beetle is a relative to the scarab, which Egyptians believed to be sacred and is still an icon in many Egyptian cults. This

Army Ant

For most people the Army Ant colonies seem dangerous. Hundreds of thousands ants that hunt and move all in one group can surely seem impressive, but they are not dangerous to humans, if not provoked. These ants inhabit territories ranging from south Mexico down to the tropical regions of South Africa. Unlike most ants, this

Edible Dormouse

It’s not often that an animal is named “edible”, and although it may seem rather barbaric, the truth is that in Ancient Rome these Dormice were deliberately bred in special farms, and when a celebration was coming near, they were fed with acorns and chestnuts and then served as a delicacy. Nowadays, this animal, also

Ring-tailed Lemur

The Ring-tailed Lemur has obtained its name for the long, fluffy tail with black and white stripes. They are one of the lemur species endemic to Madagascar, which means only there do they live in the wild. They are very interesting animals, and as many natives know, they can emit a variety of sounds –

Stag Beetle

The Stag Beetle is one of the most widely known bugs in Europe, although recently their numbers have diminished. This small creature became famous, after the artist Albrecht Durer painted a picture of it in real-life size, and this painting was sold for 175 000 Deutsche Marks, which was a very large sum at that

European Sea Sturgeon

Sturgeons are one of the so-called “living fossils”. In the time when dinosaurs ruled Earth, Sturgeon ancestors were the most widespread sea fish. Their appearance hasn’t changed since that time. This fish is also called the Baltic or simply Common Sturgeon. Nowadays, they live in the coastal waters of Europe north of Africa up to

Lemon Shark

The Lemon Shark has obtained its name thanks to the yellowish brown colour of the body. It’s also one of the most observed and known sharks, and it’s very easy to breed them in captivity. In the USA these sharks are used to research the impact of drugs and other substances on hearth activity, vision

European Flounder

The European Flounder is possibly one of the most common food fish. This fish has a flattened and disproportionate body. Although the Flounder is very well adapted to living in seas, it also spends a lot of time in freshwater. This species is widespread in the Scandinavian, middle European and Mediterranean seas, as well as

Mountain Zebra

In the Southwestern mountains of Africa there are still a few Mountain Zebras. They are the only species of zebra that don’t constantly live near a freshwater source and while the various species of zebra may seem identical for a non-specialist, they’re actually as closely related to each other as they are to horses. If

Common Dormouse

The Common Dormouse is a nocturnal predator. This animal spends the night in a tree cavity, thick bushes or a nest. These small mammals inhabit deciduous and mixed type forests in all parts of Europe, except Ireland, Finland and the Iberian Peninsula. Common Dormice were often mistaken to be a small squirrel – the animal

European Water Vole

The European Water Vole is a small, semi-aquatic mammal that lives in all parts of Europe, except for Greece, Ireland and Iberia. Despite its name, the Water Vole can inhabit territories not near water – forests, meadows and gardens, and many of these animals actually spend all their lives on dry land. It should, however,

European Polecat

The European Polecat is a solitary night hunter. These animals are close relatives to skunks, and both can excrete an incredibly unpleasant scent from special glands, almost completely paralyzing the respiratory system of the enemy. The European Polecat inhabits territories in Europe, from the Ural Mountains in East to Spain in West. These mammals have

Apollo Butterfly

The Apollo Butterfly or simply the Apollo is a very beautiful species of butterfly that were once widespread all over the European and Asian meadows. Unfortunately, nowadays they’re almost extinct and very rarely seen. They inhabit territories in meadows and mountains up to 2200 metres above sea level, ranging from Europe to Central Russia. The


The Topi is one of the largest antelopes inhabiting the African savannas and is also possibly the fastest one. When running from danger, these antelopes can even jump over each other. Their natural habitat are the African savannas from Senegal and Sudan, stretching over all the Eastern and Southern African territories. This impressive mammal reaches