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Plated MiceThe Plated Mice (Polyplacomyidae) are a family of rodents in the superfamily Muroidea native to the deserts, grasslands, tropical, subtropical, temperate and alpine forests and other alpine environments in central, eastern and north-eastern Asia. They have a series of 17-20 horizontal rectangular horny plates along their back attached to their back by the top of the plate, their tails too are covered with 20-30 smaller rectangular horny plates attached to the tail similarly. They range between 120 and 150cm in length, a third of which is their tail. They are omnivorous and feed on seeds, fruits, nuts, roots and tubers, invertebrates, eggs, amphibians, reptiles and small birds and mammals. Females give birth to four to six, rarely eight, offspring, which they raise inside a secluded nest within a log or a crevice within rocks, or similar shelter. Most species are terrestrial and live in forests or environments with lots of foliage, though there are some arboreal species and some species
Tentacle-mouthed Phantom FrogThe Tentacle Mouthed Phantom Frog (Anopsibactrachus albus) is a species of frog native to the cave systems of central Asia. The range between 7 and 9cm in length and are pale white in colour. Their mouths are surrounded by a ring of fleshy tentacles, used to detect prey and find their way around the pools they live in as they lack eyes and are completely blind. Their prey consists of crustaceans, fish and smaller amphibians. Whenever a male and a female meet they will always mate. Females only lay a few eggs, which hatch directly into frogs.
Pit LeechesThe Pit Leeches (Sarlaccoides sp) are a genus of Leeches native to the tropical forests and swamps of Indonesia. Their “lip” has grown into a large pit, making up a quarter to a third of their total body length, depending on the species. They bury themselves vertically in the ground, the rim of their lip level with the ground surface. Some species entice prey with scents, fleshy lures and even glowing lures. During the mating season, Pit Leeches detach themselves from their pits, which they then eat. They then leave the ground, find a mate and lay their eggs in the soil. Once they have mated and laid their eggs, they dig themselves a new burrow, grow a new pit and start their sedentary lives again. Their prey consists of insects and other invertebrates, and small reptiles and amphibians. They range between 12 and 30cm.
Tenant ShrimpThe Tenant Shrimp (Ichtyophilocaridae) are a family of shrimp native to coastal waters in the north Pacific ocean. Each species of Tenant Shrimp is in a symbiotic relationship with a particular species of Lodgefish. They are between 2 and 5cm in length. Several Tenant Shrimps of the same species live inside the mouths of the appropriate species of Lodgefish, even laying their eggs inside the protection of its mouth. To gain entry to their hoists mouth they caress a series of fleshy growths in a particular on their hosts chin. They cater to their hosts every need; cleaning it, feeding it, and alerting it of predators and other threats.
LodgefishThe Lodgefish (Macrocephaloicthidae) are a family of fish descended from Gobies native to coastal waters in the north Pacific ocean. Each species of Lodgefish is in a mutualistic relationship with a particular species of Tennant Shrimp. They are between 7 and 16cm in length, their head making up a third of their length. Their heads are also quite large and wide, and their mouths are quite cavernous, housing their Tenant Shrimps. The adults lead an entirely sedentary life, and are catered to entirely by Tenant Shrimps. The skin of Lodgefish is hard and knobbly. Lodgefish settle themselves in a crevice amongst rocks or coral, and releases a pheromone that invites the appropriate species of Tenant Shrimp to live with it. Although effectively blind, Lodgefish are warned of predators and intruders by their Tenant Shrimps, which they aggresively attack with headbuts and whacks of their tail. During the mating season, males temporarily abandon their crevice in search of as many females as he
Tortoise-cracking EagleThe Tortoise-cracking Eagle (Chelyphagus melanopsis) is a species of Eagle native to the arid and semi-arid environments of northern Africa and the Mediterranean. It is 56-64cm in height with a wingspan of 112-128cm. As its common name suggests, it feeds entirely on Tortoises, which it cracks open by bashing them against a rock. The upperside of its body and wings is a golden brown colour with black speckles. Its tail feathers and the tips of its primary wing feathers are entirely black. The underside of its body and wings, as well as the bottom quarter of its leg feathers, are white. Its eyes are surround by black blotches. During the breeding season, males impress females by building nests out of any plant material he can find and decorates it with pieces of Tortoise shells. Together, both parents 2-3 chicks.
OrthoceratheresThe Orthoceratheres (Orthoceratherinae) are a subfamily of large-bodied browsers in the family Cervidae native to the temperate and sub-tropical deciduous and coniferous forests of North America and northern Asia. They are heavily built and generally reach 2-2.4m in height. They live in small herds of a few females and their fawns, some subordinate males and a dominant male. Males have two straight horns growing forward out of their brow. While both genders are covered with short thin hair, males have particularly long thick shaggy hair along their chin, neck and on their chest and the insides of their forelegs.
FlatsnakesThe Flatsnakes (Cryptoboa sp, Plateoboa sp, Xenophis sp) are three genera of snakes in the family Boidae, native to sandy bottomed rivers in central and southern Africa. In a curious case of convergent evolution they have laterally flattened into a long, broad paddle shape and both of their eyes, ears and nostrils are on the same side of their head, like Flounders. Species are typically between 1 and 2m in length, and all feed on fish and amphibians and are cryptically patterned and camouflaged. Of the five species, three are ambush predators, burying themselves in the riverbed (C. reticulatus, P. maculatum, P. psamomimus), while the other two species are active swimmers and hunters (P. melanognathus, X. virgatocephalus). They swim with lateral undulations of their body, but because of their sideways orientation this looks like up-and-down undulation, combined with “gliding”, a state where their bodies are stiffened and flattened as much as the can and held in that st
TerrorfowlThe Terrorfowl (Deinopavo sp) are a genus of predatory birds descended from Peafowl native to tropical, subtropical and temperate forests, grasslands, deserts and mountains of India, south-east Asia, the Middle East and south-eastern Europe. They range between 1.6 and 3.3m in height. They are solitary hunters, sometimes hunting in mated pairs, of medium-large mammals and birds, sometimes taking smaller species as well. The method of hunting differs from species to species, some are heavily built ambush hunters while others are lightly built cursorial pursuit predators. During the mating season, males grow long, flamboyant tail feathers which are used to impress females and intimidate other males, and are shed once the mating season is over. Once a pair are mated, both of them will raise a single, sometimes two, egg and chick together in terrestrial nests made of sticks, dirt or rocks, depending on where they live.
Vulture CrabVulture Crab (Vulturicancer mediterraniensis)
This terrestrial crab has a hard, waterproof exoskeleton. It lives in the Mediterranean and scavenges from dead animals and even exhibits cannibalism. Females lay large clutches of eggs in what few bodies of water remain and will even fight one another for any particular body of water. They are 8cm in length.
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