The pigbutt worm or flying buttocks(Chaetopterus pugaporcinus) is a newly discovered species of worm found by scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. The worm is round in shape, approximately the size of a hazelnut, and bears a strong resemblance to a disembodied pair of buttocks. Because of this, it was given a Latin species name that roughly translates to “resembling a pig’s rear.”
The worm has been recently observed residing just below the oxygen minimum zonebetween 900 and 1,200 metres (3,000 to 4,000 feet) deep — even when the sea floor is significantly deeper. The worms have also been observed floating with their mouths surrounded by a cloud of mucus. Current theories suggest that they reside in this area of the ocean because of its cornucopia of detritus and marine snow, and that the worms use these mucus clouds to capture particles of food and “snow.”
One of the earliest land predators, velvet worms (phylum Onychophora) are little-changed since their ancestors emerged from the sea more than four hundred million years ago. Blind, except for the simple light receptors found in some species, they are nocturnal ambush predators. Their soft and jointless bodies help them move silently as they feel their way across the forest floor. When they encounter prey, they immediately spray it with adhesive slime to immobilize it. Then, they press their mouthparts to it and begin the laborious process of feeding. Lacking a stomach, velvet worms must slowly pulp their living food using the combined action of their mandibles and secreted digestive enzymes. Rings of powerful muscles convey the partially-digested slurry to the worm’s rudimentary digestive tract.
(Images via Bio-Morphosis)
Mike the Headless Chicken (April 1945 – March 1947), also known as Miracle Mike, was a Wyandotte chicken that lived for 18 months after his head had been cut off. Although the story was thought by many to be a hoax, the bird’s owner took him to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City to establish the facts of the story.
Poisonous vs. Venomous Animals
Poison is usually released from skin and is absorbed or ingested by the victim.
Venom is delivered or injected through a stinger, harpoon, fangs, and the like.
Pitohui - poisonous (skin and feathers)
Newt - poisonous (skin)
Frog - poisonous (skin)
Cone snail - venomous (harpoon)
Platypus - venomous (spurs on hind legs)
Viper - venomous (fangs)
The different faces of the Poison Arrow/Dart Frog
The most poisonous animal in the world
ANIMAL BITE FORCES, PART 2
ANIMAL BITE FORCES, PART 1
The beautiful Emerald tree boa, Corallus caninus (Boidae), plays an important ecological role in their habitat, helping to control small mammal populations, especially rodents, which can be pests near human settlements.
It is a neotropical species, found in lowland tropical rainforests in the Amazonian and Guianan regions of South America.
Specimen shown was photographed in wild.