Nature and evolution certainly have a way of constantly surprising and shocking us. With all the possible variations of weird-looking animals out there, one would think that there is little left to make us gasp. These nothing-short-of-unique animals will, however, prove us all wrong. Here are 10 of the most bizarre life forms found on our beautiful blue planet.
10. Fog-Basking Beetle
This inhabitant of the Namib desert in Western Africa came up with the most fantastic way to collect water. The Tenebrionidae beetle performs a headstand as it tries to capture drops of water created from the fog in the Namib desert.
9. Lowland Streaked Tenrec
When we talk about defensive strategies, we must mention the tenrec. While it feeds only on small insects and worms that it finds in the ground, this mammal has very sharp quills that will scare away the predators. It can erect the quills, point them and attack fiercely, so do not mess with these guys!
8. Proboscis Monkey
We know that mosquitoes have them, but monkeys? This species of monkey, also known as Orang Belanda (Dutchman), eats only fruits that are not unripe, and it does so with a little help from its funny-looking nose. The reason why the proboscis monkeys choose to eat fruit that is not ripe is that the sugar found in (more) fermented fruits leads to a potentially fatal bloating of the stomach.
7. Leaf-Horned Frog
If your primary source of foods is small rodents, crabs, and lizards, you better adapt to the environment. This is precisely what this species of frog did - as it hunts prey on the forest floor, it can camouflage the scales found on the skin to be almost undetectable.
6. Puss Moth Larva
The colors of this moth species are gorgeous, but check out how it looks from upfront. Scary. This is exactly what the puss moth larva wants, a look so repelling it turns down predators. If someone does not care about the looks, well, that is where the ability to squirt acid comes in handy.
5. Tarsier Monkey
This species is so weird it even made its way into the world of internet memes! And it is all because of those enormous eyes.
But, tarsiers utilize their vision capabilities in the most efficient way when they catch their prey (mostly) birds flying from one tree to another. That ability comes from the very long tarsus bones found in their feet, which inspired the name this species got.
A very specific thing about the Mexican mole salamander is that these species larvae never go through with the process of metamorphosis. This means that it does not change the form, from juvenile to adult, and remains in the water. However, the axolotls can regenerate parts of their limbs.
3. Macropinna Microstoma
One more weird fish lurking below 2000 ft is Macropinna microstoma. One extraordinary physical feature of the fish is the transparency of its body. The head of the fish looks like a dome, which you can see through, spotting even the lenses of the eyes.
2. Sloane’s Viperfish
If this gorgeous creature does not deserve a horror film honoring its looks, hardly anyone does. Living in the deep sea, the viperfish has incredibly long fangs, which come out as swords all the way up to its eyes. It also has the ability to emit light from their back, which quickly attracts prey in the dark waters.
Currently, on the most wanted list because of its connection with the COVID 2019 or the coronavirus, the pangolin is a strange one for sure. This is the only mammal that has its whole body covered in scales. The animal uses the scales for protection and creates tough-to-break armor if threatened. The pangolin was endangered before the epidemic, and it could possibly be extinct in the near future.
What is a peculiar thing about Axolotls?
A very specific thing about the Mexican mole salamander is that these species larvae never go through with the process of metamorphosis.
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