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General PSA

If you’re not a specialist in the field of monstrumology and haven’t studied extensively on what the creatures the study focuses on are capable of, do not seek them out. Plenty of people have been killed looking for a rush of adrenaline having not properly prepared themselves. Going into the field is not like shooting something in a game, it really is dangerous and additionally going in guns blazing could potentially hurt the species as a whole as most of them are already endangered. Monstrumology is not a right of passage it is a science, please don’t make it out to be some exciting extreme hunting sport and get yourself killed in the process. Thank you.

unfollower:

i dont get why people say ‘tea is just leaf water’ and then act like coffee’s so great like what do u think you’re drinking. bean water is what

libutron:

Hammerhead worm

This is an unidentified species of a land planarian belonging to the genus Bipalium (Tricladida - Geoplanidae).

Most land planarians are tropical in distribution due to their requirement for hot and humid environments. All are nocturnal in habit and are voracious predators of soft-bodied invertebrates, which are detected via chemical cues and subdued with copious amounts of mucous and an eversible pharynx.  

Reference: [1]

Photo credit: ©Paul Bertner | Locality: Mulu National Park, Camp 5, Miri, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia

libutron:

Spiny orb-weaver: the Long-winged Kite Spider - Gasteracantha versicolor

Spiny orb-weavers come in a wide variety of shapes and colors. These spiders belong to the genus Gasteracantha within the Araneidae family, and are remarkable for the hard, horny epidermis of their abdomen, which is also armed with two, four, or six prominent spines, varying in length, strength, and direction, and issuing from different points of the margin. The abdomen is also marked on the upperside, and occasionally underneath, with numerous symmetrically disposed cicatricose spots, varying a little in number, size, form, and position.

Gasteracantha versicolor is one of the about 170 species currently recognized into the genus. It is commonly named Long-winged kite spider and can be found in the tropics and sub-tropics, where it occurs in forests. It has an extensive range, from central, east and southern Africa to Madagascar.

The female of this species is 8 to 10 mm long, with a large, glossy and brightly colored abdomen. The hardened abdomen has six peripheral spines, with the lateral pair longer and slightly recurved. Males are much smaller, less colorful and lack the thorny abdominal projections.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Paul Bertner | Locality: Andasibe National Park, Madagascar

currentsinbiology:

earthlynation:

Las Gralarias Glassfrog (Nymphargus lasgralarias) (by Lucas M. Bustamante-Enríquez)

Tadpode bubbles…

thedayalicemetthesquid:

the glass squid.

New Study Outlines 'Water World' Theory of Life's Origins

emergencenews:

Michael Russell and Laurie Barge of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.Michael Russell and Laurie Barge of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., are pictured in their Icy Worlds laboratory, where they mimic the conditions of Earth billions of years ago, attempting to answer the question of how life first arose. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

microecos:

My first attempt at iphone photogrammetry. A walrus palate dredged up from the sea floor off of Cape Cod. Pretty fun! #fossils #fossil #photogrammetry #123d #autodesk #walrus #nmnh #smithsonian (at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History)

neaq:

Visitor Pictures: Everyone needs some (time with the) cuttles now and then. So cute, right? And then this video. It will blow your mind.

of-the-deep:

Now with bonus diagram! The Black Swallower (thank god for context) is named because of its ability to swallow prey 10 times its mass, due to its detachable jaw and expando-stomach. Scientists guess that it grabs prey by the tail, and slowly pulls it into its stomach inch by inch.

Most of the specimens we have found have been buoyed up to the surface by gases because they swallowed something so large they could not digest it before it began to decompose. That shit cray.

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