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double crested cormorant

photo by amy marques

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Anurognathids-as-potoos by Maija Karala:

Anurognathus ammoni, the tiny Jurassic tree monster, momentarily perching on a branch and giving you a curious look before flying off to catch another mayfly.

Anurognathids had a wide, frog-like mouth, very big eyes for their size and peculiar tufts of pycnofibers (that is, the pterosaur version of feathers) on the trailing edges of their wings. They might have worked like the serrations on owl wing feathers that enable them to fly soundlessly.

I gave this Anurognathus a lichen-toned coloration for camouflaging on tree branches. I suppose it wraps its wings around itself and closes its eyes to slits when sensing danger. Perhaps suddenly opening those huge, bright yellow eyes would also work as an intimidating gesture for predators, much like the eyespots of many butterflies.”

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Honduran Curly Hair Tarantula (Brachypelma albopilosum)

Say hello to my new baby! I’ve been wanting a tarantula for years, and a local pet shop just got a bunch of spiderlings of the exact species that I wanted. It’s too small to know the gender, but it is absolutely adorable!

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A baby Flamboyant Cuttlefish hatchling only a few seconds old, after it had hatched from its egg sac. (via)

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A quick drawing I did inspired by thebrainscoop's post here

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Yellow rat snake

Yellow rat snake is the common name given to the North American rat snake subspecies Pantherophis obsoletus quadrivittata (formerly Elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata), whose distribution goes from the vicinity of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, southward along the coast to include all of peninsular Florida except the northwestern part.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Kristian Bell | Locality: Florida, US

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Chambered Nautilus (Nautilus sp.) - Monterey Bay Aquarium

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