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Ball-bearing Treehopper

ball-berring treehopper

The ball-bearing treehopper (Bocydium globulare), native to South America.

My favorite “go home evolution, you’re drunk” insect. The purpose of the balls on the pronotal extensions has yet to be definitively explained.

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Photograph by Sergio Moscato

From posted 7/17/13

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These fish are completely amphibious, and use their pectoral fins to walk around on land. They have a large gill chamber that retains water and closes tightly when they are not immersed in water.

  • As their name implies, these fish use their fins to move around in a series of skips. They can also flip their muscular body to catapult themselves up to 2 feet (60 cm) into the air.
  • The ability to breathe through their skin and the lining of their mouth (the mucosa) and throat (the pharynx). This is only possible when the mudskipper is wet, limiting mudskippers to humid habitats and requiring that they keep themselves moist.
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Bleeding tooth fungus


The bleeding tooth fungus grows in Europe and North America. While young, the fungus looks like it is oozing blood. The red liquid is actually an anticoagulant. It lives on the roots of conifer trees and exchanges nutrients in a mutually beneficial relationship.

Now, I know that “bleeding tooth” sounds incredibly appetizing, but while they aren’t toxic, they are considered inedible.

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Photo: Bernypisa

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Dumbo Octopus

The Dumbo Octopus belongs to the genus Grimpoteuthis, and is given its nickname based on its resemblance to the large-eared Disney elephant. They can live up to 7,000 meters below the surface, though many are found between 1,000 and 4,000 meters. It feeds unlike any other octopus, by skimming the surface of the sea floor looking for crustaceans to swallow whole.


The largest specimen on record was 1.8 m (6ft) long, weighing 5.9 kg (13 pounds).

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