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Amazing Caddisfly Larvae Builds protective cases out of Gold and other precious gems

The caddisfly larvae is aquatic and can be found in a variety of habitats such as streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, springs and even temporary waters. The caddisfly larvae collects whatever material it can to form its protective case, bonding the various materials together with silk that it excretes from its salivary glands near its mouth. Different species of caddisfly tend ... Read More »

Lamprey “The Ancient Blood Sucker”

Lampreys are some of the most primitive vertebrates alive today. They are known as cyclostomes, which means ’round mouths’ and refers to the fact that they have no jaws, having instead a round sucker-like mouth filed with teeth. A further primitive characteristic is that the skeleton consists of cartilage and not bone. Lampreys are similar in shape to eels, and ... Read More »

Meet the smaller, cuter versions of animals we don’t usually think as being tiny

 The Baluchistan pygmy jerboa, or the dwarf three-toed jerboa, (Salpingotulus michaelis)   Borneo Pygmy Elephant      Brookesia Micra Chameleon    Bumblebee Bat  The pygmy three-toed sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus), also known as a monk sloth or dwarf sloth    The Etruscan shrew (Suncus etruscus)   The fennec fox or fennec (Vulpes zerda)  Irukandji Jellyfish   The Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor) ... Read More »

Scientists discover new species of legless lizards at Los Angeles Airport

Four previously unknown species of legless lizard were described in California by researchers from the University of California at Berkeley and Cal State-Fullerton. The species, all members of the Anniella genus, were hiding in plain site, living in marginal habitats that included “a vacant lot in downtown Bakersfield, among oil derricks in the lower San Joaquin Valley, on the margins ... Read More »