Some animals living on Earth have an aspect so unusual that it is sometimes difficult to believe that they exist well. A short overview of these strange nature.
The terrestrial fauna is full of specimens some of which have been identified when others remain to be discovered. With 15,000 newly listed species each year, it is quite challenging to keep up to date. However, some animals are worth seeing, and for a good reason, they have an aspect that surprised many. Here is a selection of ten bizarre animals generally unknown to the public.
10 – The pig-nosed turtle
There are more than 300 races of turtles on Earth. While many of them differ in size or shell, the pig-nosed turtle (Carettochelys insculpta) has a much more distinctive feature. As the name suggests, everything happens at the level of its prominent snout that looks very much like a pig’s snout. The nose of this freshwater animal allows her to spot small crustaceans that she feeds in her environment including China, Papua New Guinea, and northern Australia.
9 – Moloch
To hear like that, difficult to guess what is a Moloch bristling but we quickly understand that the animal has an unusual appearance. Also known as the Thorny devil, Moloch horridus is a small reptile of the same family as lizards. Relatively unknown, it evolves in arid areas of Australia.
His particularity? His body is covered with thorns that he uses to hide and dissuade his predators.
8 – The fly with stalked eyes
If flies may seem trivial in the eyes of ordinary mortals, one of them is surprising: the fly with stalked eyes. It is not one but several species belonging to the Diopsidae family. These flies are distinguished by their two long stems connecting their eyes to the entire body. This unique morphology may have occurred under the influence of natural and sexual selection, according to the researchers. The exaggerated distance between their eyes would thus be a real ornament to attract females.
7 – The Nautilus
If it does not look exactly like its cousins the octopus, the Nautilus is indeed a cephalopod. From its scientific name Nautilus Pompilius, the Mollusc is endowed with numerous tentacles that are hidden in its shell. Indeed, the latter is composed of several rooms separated by partitions. Only the first houses the body of the animal, the others are filled with a mixture of gas and liquid. The shell thus ensures for the nautilus both a role of protection and flotation device.
6 – The giraffe beetle
Less known but equally impressive, the giraffe beetle (Trachelophorus giraffa) is ranked sixth in the top 10. It is a species of weevil of the beetle family found on the leaves of Madagascar. Specimens of this species have an extremely long neck relative to the rest of the body, and that of males is even more impressive than that of females.
5 – The batfish
Midway through the ranking is Ogcocephalus Darwini, a bat species. The name is enough to guess that the animal is not like the others. However, it does not predict the particularity of this fish that moves on the seabed off the coast of Costa Rica. Indeed, if this species is so strange, it is that it sports some curious prominent red lips. Another quirk: Batfish are bad swimmers who use their fins to lean against the seabed.
4 – The octopus Dumbo
As comical as strange, in the fourth position, the octopus Dumbo. This nickname is used to designate the octopods belonging to the genus Grimpoteuthis. As their name suggests, these specimens have two fins at the top of their heads that look somewhat like elephant ears. Hence the reference to the famous character. They are found in the abyss at depths between 500 and 4000 meters where she uses her “big ears” like a jellyfish.
3 – The axolotl
The axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) is a staple of the quirks of nature and wins a well deserved third place. This animal is an amphibian, a species of urodeles in the same way as salamanders or newts. Its specificity is in the fact that it spends all its life in the larval state without ever turning into an adult. Measuring up to 30 centimeters, the axolotl has a unique appearance characterized by eyes without eyelid and gills shaped ferns. He is also able to reconstruct his damaged organs.
2 – Condylura cristata
Silver medal of extravagance, the Star-nosed Condylura (Condylura cristata) is a species of small mole with a very characteristic snout. It consists of 22 tactile organs, resembling small tentacles. In all directions, these organs are connected to nerve fibers and allow the animal to explore the environment and navigate underground. The Star-nosed Condylura is found in eastern Canada and the northern United States.
1 – Glaucus Atlanticus
Glaucus atlanticus handily wins the top of this top, and when we see it, we understand why. This is a small gastropod mollusk of the order of nudibranchs that looks so amazing that some people describe it as a real Pokémon. Present in tropical waters, this specimen has a flattened and tapered body extended by some 80 appendages. These are grouped and radiate on both sides of the body that mixes white, gray and several shades of blue. Glaucus feeds on extremely irritating hydrozoans. Immune to the toxins of his prey, he diverts their substances and stores them in specialized bags for personal use.