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impossible animals


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impossible animals


While some of the world’s species remain in grave danger of becoming extinct, some have already been confirmed as extinct, many new species are being found around the world. Biologists trail the Earth’s deserts, explore further into the jungles and delve deeper into the oceans in order to discover new animals. The results of their perseverance has certainly paid off and their findings have resulted in the uncovering of some pretty astonishing animals. Here are 6 of the world’s most bizarre new species that have all recently been found!


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MARTIALIS HEUREKA ANT

YETI CRAB


WALKING FISH ELEPHANT SHREW PINOCCHIO FROG

BLOBFISH STATISTICS CAMERA TRAP PHOTOS


YETI CRAB This weird little hairy crustacean was discovered in the South Pacific Ocean a few years ago. Its proper name is Kiwa hirsuta but everyone seems to prefer the more suited nickname of the Yeti Crab. A whole year of studies was made on this creature and scientists say there is still a lot they don’t understand about it. One thing we do know is that their hairy pincers are crucial to their survival as they serve as antennes for orientation. Hairy yet clever!


30 cm


MARTIALIS HEUREKA ANT This ant was discovered in Brasil in 2008. It`s generic name means „from Mars“ and was given due to its unusual morphology, and the species epithet heureka indicates the surprising discovery. The pale, only 5 milimeter high insect is blind, lives subterestial and snatches it`s prey with long tweezerlike callipers.


2 mm


ELEPHANT SHREW In 2005 Francesco Rovero set a number of camera traps in the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania, and he got a big surprise. One of his photographs showed a large elephant shrew that he had never seen before. Elephant shrews are relatives of the elephant.


10 cm


WALKING FISH This animal is a type of coelacanth discovered in Indonesia 2010. Scientists believed it had died out 80 Million years ago until they found it. They prefer to walk under water instead of swimming.


40 cm


PINOCCHIO FROG An international team of researchers was camping in the Foja mountains of Indonesia when herpetologist Paul Oliver spied a frog sitting on a bag of rice in the campsite. On closer look it turned out to be a previously unknown type of long-nosed frog. The scientists dubbed it Pinocchio. When the frog is calling, its nose points upward, but it deflates when the animal is less active. “We were sitting around eating lunch,” recalled Smithsonian ornithologist Chris Milensky. Oliver looked down and there’s this little frog on a rice sack, and he managed to grab the thing.


2 cm


BLOBFISH Rarely seen by humans until now, the Blobfish has been found in the deep sea off the coasts of Australia and Tasmania in 2000. Their flesh is just a gelatinous mass that has a density that is slightly less than water, allowing it to float above the sea floor without using any energy. How does it survive? It eats anything that happens to float in front of its pretty face. What about predators? Even a shark would reconsider chowing down on a blobfish!


800 m

30 cm


CAMERA TRAPS Haven’t you ever wanted to know and see what moves about when you are not there…? Hidden cameras can produce spectacular images: Mountain beavers trundle shyly on the way to a stream, playful foxes scamper along a fallen log, snow leopards prowl in the middle of the night, and all of it gets recorded without the presence of single human being. A camera trap is an automated camera used to capture photographs of wild animals. A camera trap is installed in a site that a rarely-seen animal is expected to visit. When a motion or infrared sensor detects the presence of an animal, a photo is taken. Putting camera traps in the middle of a desert, jungle, savanna or a mountain will quickly help you create an „inventory“ of the species in that particular ecosystem.

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SPECIES STATISTIC A statistic showing the variety of animals on the example of reptiles Numbers of species:

2008 2011

23 24 CROCODILES


3149 3315 SNAKES 313 317 TURTLES


Heureca Martialis Ant

FOR THOSE WHO STILL DO NOT BELIEVE …

Blobfish


Pinocchio Frog

Walking Fish

Elephant Shrew

Yeti Crab


Julia Schubert / 2011 Design for publishing



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