Animals in the News (via The Atlantic).

In March of 2013, I uploaded a blog post called Animals of Reddit. The blog post prompted a lot of questions, comments and responses. Even though we have not yet reached the topic of animals, the due date of the 5 comment blog participation is drawing near. I want to help you reach the end stretch of your assignment.

This said, the following post will include a gallery of animals that have gained some notoriety in news–via The Atlantica publication over 150 years old. While looking at these pictures, it is important that you think about concepts that we’ve already discussed in class; which include: protein synthesis, homeostasis, heredity and genes, taxonomy and cladistics, the characteristics of life, the chemistry of life, etc. Needless to say, this post, along with the Animals of Reddit post, will be revisited in the near future.

I encourage you to participate in any way that you deem possible; but it will be especially noteworthy if your participation includes high quality, high-res pictures of rare animals–make sure you include the url (or link) from where you got the picture.

Uroplatus sikorae -- These animals are reptiles. They are not amphibians, as many people in Puerto Rico are led to believe.

Uroplatus sikorae — These animals are reptiles. They are not amphibians, as many people in Puerto Rico are led to believe.

bumble Bee

The bumble bee belongs to the genus Bombus. Bees are fundamental for any ecosystem. Their sexual behavior allows for plants to cross-pollinate and reproduce as well.

A good title for this picture could be 'Serendipity'. Pure chance allowed the capture of this magnificent and rare image: "Remote cameras set up to track Siberian tigers in Russia caught the golden eagle attack on a sika deer, snapping three photos as the massive bird dug its talons into the distressed animal's back."

A good title for this picture could be ‘Serendipity’. Pure chance allowed the capture of this magnificent and rare image: “Remote cameras set up to track Siberian tigers in Russia caught the golden eagle attack on a sika deer, snapping three photos as the massive bird dug its talons into the distressed animal’s back.”

elephant crying

This elephant was injured by his mother in a zoo in Shandong, China: “Asian elephant calf Zhuangzhuang which was stamped on and injured by his mother after his birth, cries in a zoo in Rongcheng, Shandong province, China, on August 31, 2013.”

Baby Snow Leopard

This baby snow leopard (Uncia uncia) is a an endangered species. They live in the cold, mountainous regions of Northern India, Nepal, Tibet, among other Central Asia countries.

Waxy Monkey Frog

Phyllomedusa sauvagii (a.k.a. Waxy Monkey Leaf Frog) has adapted to meet the demands of life in the trees. It does not need to return to the ground during the mating season; rather, it lays its eggs down the middle of a leaf before folding the leaf, sandwiching the eggs inside. Its nest is attached to a branch suspended over a stream, so the hatching tadpoles drop into the water

Galápagos sea lions.

Galápagos sea lions.

Maine Iguanas

Amblyrhynchus cristatus is an iguana found only on the Galápagos Islands that has the ability, unique among modern lizards, to live and forage in the sea, making it a marine reptile. The iguana can dive over 9 m (30 ft) into the water. It has spread to all the islands in the archipelago, and is sometimes called the Galápagos marine iguana. It mainly lives on the rocky Galápagos shore, but can also be spotted in marshes and mangrove beaches.

Booby

The feet of Sula neobuxii.

A young Galápagos Sea Lion, Marine Iguanas in the background, in Bahia Fe, Santa Cruz Island.

A young Galápagos Sea Lion, Marine Iguanas in the background, in Bahia Fe, Santa Cruz Island.

dilemma

This gallery could not be complete without insects, nature’s most successful animals. This is Euglossa dilemma, a bee from the genus Euglossa. It is an orchid bee, meaning that it has coevolved with a particular species of orchid.

eggs, beautiful eggs

These are the eggs of Murgantia histrionica, a bug that loves cabbages.

A jumping spider is easily recognizable by the pattern of its eyes.

A jumping spider is easily recognizable by the pattern of its eyes.There are thousands of species, making it the most bio diverse group of spiders.

Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

With the Steel Blue Cricket Hunter (Chlorion aerarium)–possibly the most epic name for an insect ever–we conclude this second gallery of animals curated from the web. Remember, if you come across animals that could be added to this or other galleries, don’t hesitate to put a link on the comment section of this blog post.

Animals of Reddit.

Reddit.com is referred to as the “front page of the internet”; meaning that anything worth a look at on the web ends up here, before it even reaches conventional media (newspapers, TV, etc.). Most of the memes that appear on your Facebook wall, or on your Twitter timeline, have their origins here. Reddit caters to the taste of almost everyone. There are sections (subreddits) that manage a lot of multimedia: videos, text (news articles), and photos. This large community has gained world wide attention; including the POTUS (President of The United States, Barack Obama). Thus, to have a proper idea of the role of the Internet during the first decade of the 21st Century, reddit cannot be ignored.

In this post I will share images taken from the subreddit of photos (r/pics). This 14 picture gallery will show pics of animals from various phyla: chordates (amphibians, birds, mammals, reptiles), cnidarians (jellyfish), molluks (squids), etc. Some of the images display rare behavioral traits of animals:

The Snake and The Dragonfly. Both animals are predators.

The Snake and The Dragonfly. Both animals are predators.

The Jellyfish (not an actual 'fish') and the Turtle. Who gets the better end of the deal?

The Jellyfish (not an actual ‘fish’) and the Turtle. Who gets the better end of the deal?

Stereomicroscopy of a chicken embryo (trust me, not rendered nor photoshopped).

Stereomicroscopy of a chicken embryo (trust me, not rendered nor photoshopped).

Squids are cephalopods--the geniuses of invertebrates.

Squids are cephalopods–the geniuses of invertebrates.

The regal ring snake is good at advertising. Its colors say: "stay away."

The regal ring snake is good at advertising. Its colors say: “stay away.”

Polar bears at a family picnic.

Polar bears at a family picnic.

Sea lions are remarkable predator. They have huge canines and incredibly powerful jaws--as shown here.

Sea lions are remarkable predators. They have huge canines and incredibly powerful jaws–as shown here.

This is a Milk Frog; native to the Amazon Rainforest.

This is a Milk Frog; native to the Amazon Rainforest.

Defeated King. An epic story can be told just by reading the scars of this male African lion--needless to say, an alpha male.

Defeated King. An epic story can be told just by reading the scars of this male African lion–needless to say, an alpha male.

The lynx is an excellent predator. Their habitats include North America, Western, Central, and Eastern Europe, Western, Central, and Eastern Asia. Basically, most of the northern hemisphere of the planet.

The lynx is an excellent predator. Their habitats include North America; Western, Central, and Eastern Europe; Western, Central, and Eastern Asia. Basically, most of the northern hemisphere of the planet.

Gorillas are the next closest living relative to humans after the bonobo (pygmy chimp) and the common chimpanzee. The greatest of the great apes (humans included).

Gorillas are the next closest living relative to humans after the bonobo (pygmy chimp) and the common chimpanzee. The greatest of the great apes (humans included).

Eyes are amazing organs.

Eyes are amazing organs.

Owls can turn their necks up to 270 degrees. They have tubular eyes, shaped like binoculars. These are are great for long distance and hunting, but are stationary. They move their heads instead.

Owls can turn their necks up to 270 degrees. They have tubular eyes, shaped like binoculars. These are great for hunting–owls have great eyesight–but are stationary. To compensate for the lack of eye movement, owls move their heads instead.

The bumble bee bat, also known as Kitti's hog nosed bat, is a vulnerable species of bat that is native to Burma (Southeast Asia). This bat is probably  the world's smallest mammal.

The bumble bee bat, also known as Kitti’s hog nosed bat, is a vulnerable species of bat that is native to Burma (Southeast Asia). This bat is probably the world’s smallest mammal.

Many more images, just as remarkable as these ones, are uploaded daily. They give us a glimpse of the wonderful biodeversity in the animal kingdom–this biodiversity is another piece of evidence that accounts for the success of animals. Suggestions for the growth of this gallery are welcome. Don’t forget to put the hyperlink in the comment section of the post. I expect this gallery to grow with your input (remember to name the animal as well).