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Aye Aye

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The aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) is a lemur, a strepsirrhine primate native to Madagascar that combines rodent-like teeth that perpetually grow.
It is the world’s largest nocturnal primate, and is characterized by its unusual method of finding food; it taps on trees to find grubs, then gnaws holes in the wood using its forward slanting incisors to create a small hole in which it inserts its narrow middle finger to pull the grubs out. This foraging method is called percussive foraging, and takes up 5–41% of foraging time. The only other animal species known to find food in this way is the striped possum. From an ecological point of view the aye-aye fills the niche of a woodpecker, as it is capable of penetrating wood to extract the invertebrates within.
The aye-aye is the only extant member of the genus Daubentonia and family Daubentoniidae. It is currently classified as Endange…

Japanese Spider Crab

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The Japanese spider crab has the greatest leg span of any arthropod, reaching up to 5.5 m from claw to claw. The body may grow to a size of 40 cm in carapace width and the whole crab can weigh up to 19 kilograms, second only to the American lobster among all living arthropod species.
This crab was known to the Japanese for the serious injuries it can cause with its strong claws. The Japanese spider crab is occasionally collected for food, and even considered a delicacy in many parts of Japan and other areas in the region.
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Pink fairy armadillo

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The pink fairy armadillo (Chlamyphorus truncatus) or pichiciego is the smallest species of armadillo. This desert-adapted animal is endemic to central Argentina and can be found inhabiting sandy plains, dunes, and scrubby grasslands.
Pink fairy armadillos have small eyes, silky yellowish white fur, and a flexible dorsal shell that is solely attached to its body by a thin dorsal membrane. In addition, its spatula-shaped tail protrudes from a vertical plate at the blunt rear of its shell. This creature exhibits nocturnal and solitary habits and has a diet that is mainly composed of insects, worms, snails, and various plant parts.
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What makes poison dart frog resistant to their on poison?

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© Brian Gratwicke | CC BY 2.0Contents1 Poison Dart Frog2 How is the toxin produced?3 Physiology of the toxin4 Why doesn’t the toxin affect the frog itself?5 References

Poison Dart Frog
Golden poison frog (Phyllobates terribilis) is one of the deadliest poisonous animals in the world. These animals are endemic to the Pacific coast of Colombia. An average one milligram of poison available in one frog is enough to kill 10-20 humans[1]. Indigenous people carefully expose the frog to the heat of a fire, and the frog exudes small amounts of poisonous fluid. The tips of arrows and darts are soaked in the fluid. Their deadly effect kept for over two years[2]. The interesting question is, what makes the frog itself resistant to this deadly poison!
How is the toxin produced?
These animals store Batrachotoxin, a steroidal alkaloid toxin in their skin glands. This toxin is not actually synthesized by …

New ant species discovered with a metal reinforced mouth parts

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© Phillip Barden, Hollister W. Herhold & David A. GrimaldiContents1 Newly discovered extinct ant species2 What is a trap jaw mechanism?3 Taxonomic position of new species4 Mouthparts make these ants unique5 So how did they eat?6 Bibliography

Newly discovered extinct ant species
A new species of trap jaw ant and has been described by a group of scientists from USA. This new species of ant described is already extinct and estimated to have lived almost 100 million years ago. The specimen was found preserved in amber dated 98 million years from Myanmar.
What is a trap jaw mechanism?
Ants with trap jaw mechanism can keep their mandible in open position. Then they can close it rapidly by striking it with clypeus above. (Clypeus is a broad plate at the front of an insect’s head.) Clypeus is usually reinforced in these ants. Most of the trap jaw ants have a trigger hairs associated with mandi…

Orchid Mantis

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A beautiful orchid, isn’t it? But it is an insect, commonly called as Orchid mantis. It is known by various common names including walking flower mantis and orchid mantis. It is one of several species known as flower mantises from their resemblance and behaviour. This one, Hymenopus coronatus, can be found in the rain forests of Southeast Asia.
More information can be fount at

https://www.keepinginsects.com/praying-mantis/species/orchid-mantis/

Panda Ant

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Even though it seems like an ant, it is not! This is one of 3,000 species of wasps in the family Mutillidae of Order Hymenoptera. Commonly known as Velvet ants, but black and white specimens are sometimes known as panda ants due to their hair coloration resembling that of the giant panda. Their bright colors serve as aposematic signals. They are known for their extremely painful stings, hence the common name cow killer or cow ant. However, mutillids are not aggressive and sting only in defense. Unlike true ants, they are solitary, and lack complex social systems.