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Re: Creatures & Monsters, Real & Imagined

Postby Arion » Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:07 pm

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Oh cool...

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Those colors are amazing.

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Postby sdsichero » Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:28 pm

Arion wrote:
Those colors are amazing.


Yeah it's nice. The insect kingdom has some amazing color...

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Postby sdsichero » Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:05 pm

Fish has shield against piranhas

PARIS – An “armored” fish living in the Amazon has evolved a remarkable multilayer defense against the voracious piranha.

Microscopic examination and mechanical testing have revealed the secrets of the Arapaima gigas, one of the biggest freshwater fish on the planet. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley found its scales have an ultratough shell, designed to “promote tooth fracture at the point of penetration.”

The scales also have a corrugated shape, designed to deflect pressure to a thicker, more elastic layer of collagen that lies underneath. The collagen itself is arranged in twisted overlapping layers. They can slide slightly in response to a bite, causing its pressure to be spread over a wider area.


I think the fish is endangered though... :?
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Re: Creatures & Monsters, Real & Imagined

Postby Stephen Day » Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:15 pm

sdsichero wrote:Fish has shield against piranhas



I think the fish is endangered though... :?


A fish like that deserves to survive.
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Postby sdsichero » Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:30 pm

Of 70,000 Crustacean Species, Here’s The First Venomous One

If you wanted to find a venomous animal, you could do far worse than picking up a random arthropod—the group of animals that includes spiders, scorpions, centipedes, ants, bees and wasps. The group includes hundreds of thousands of venomous members, who inject their debilitating chemical weapons via fangs and stings.

Within this toxic dynasty, one of the major arthropod groups—the crustaceans—sticks out. There’s no such thing as a venomous crab or lobster, prawn or shrimp. There are some 70,000 species of crustaceans and, until recently, it seemed that all of them were venom-free.

The only exceptions live in coastal caves, which are connected to the ocean by underground tunnels. The dark, salty worlds are home to blind, white, sinuous creatures called remipedes. Although they look a lot like white centipedes, that’s just a coincidence. They’re actually crustaceans, and possibly close relatives of the insects.


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Postby achilles » Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:06 am

sdsichero wrote:Fish has shield against piranhas



I think the fish is endangered though... :?


Judging from River Monsters, (yeah, I watch a show about fishing), Jeremy Wade is solely responsible...

Just kidding, he catches and releases most of his fish. And they got him back, damaging his heart permanently once when one jumped out of the water and hit his chest. Fortunately for him, it was a small one...

And man, all those researchers had to do was ask him, he's been going on about those things for years now on his show.

I confess to a small desire to see one up close. AFAIK, they're doing well in remote stretches of the Amazon. And hanging in there in the non-remote places. It IS getting hard to find the truly giant ones though.
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Postby sdsichero » Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:28 pm

achilles wrote:
Judging from River Monsters, (yeah, I watch a show about fishing), Jeremy Wade is solely responsible...

Just kidding, he catches and releases most of his fish. And they got him back, damaging his heart permanently once when one jumped out of the water and hit his chest. Fortunately for him, it was a small one...

And man, all those researchers had to do was ask him, he's been going on about those things for years now on his show.

I confess to a small desire to see one up close. AFAIK, they're doing well in remote stretches of the Amazon. And hanging in there in the non-remote places. It IS getting hard to find the truly giant ones though.


Makes me wonder how close they are to the old armored fishes from the Devonian period...
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Postby sdsichero » Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:22 pm

Gah

A new thing to fear: getting tarantula hairs stuck in your eyes.

As if eye injuries weren’t creepy and weird enough, now we have to worry about tarantulas being involved. Apparently, these giant spiders have hairs that serve as defensive weapons that they can flick or press into your flesh (or your eyes) to cause long-term pain. Delightful!
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Postby achilles » Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:20 am

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Makes me wonder how close they are to the old armored fishes from the Devonian period...


They certainly look prehistoric. Cool fish.
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Having been bitten twice by black widow, and with the scars to remember those bites by, I can say I'm not a fan of spiders.
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Postby sdsichero » Thu Oct 24, 2013 3:04 pm

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Having been bitten twice by black widow, and with the scars to remember those bites by, I can say I'm not a fan of spiders.


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Postby The Old Doctor » Thu Oct 24, 2013 3:21 pm

I hate and fear spiders.
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Postby sdsichero » Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:17 pm

Cat-Scratch wrote:I hate and fear spiders.


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Postby achilles » Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:24 pm

Ah, perhaps revealing my secret weakness wasn't such a good idea after all. Did I mention I hate and fear beautiful busty blonde women?
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