The Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) is a common name for the tadpole form of the yellow-spotted, brown salamander found in Mexico and the western United States. It is unusual in that it attains maturity and reproduces in the tadpole stage of life. It does not have the hormone that helps other amphibians change from larvae into adults. Instead, the axolotl stays in the water and keeps its gills, undeveloped legs, and finned tails for its entire life. The tadples grow eventually to reach 30 cm in length in a process called neotony.
The Indian purple frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis) is a unique burrowing frog that spends most of its life underground. It is so different fro all other frogs that it belongs to a family of its own. The Indian purple frog is able to spent eleven months in a burrow, has a small distribution range and is critically endangered. It is restricted to the Western Ghats complex of Southwestern India, a known biological diversity hotspot.
Instead of scales like most fish have, deep-sea Anglerfish have thin skin. It is so thin that it slips right off if a person tries to pick up the fish. Anglerfish have weak, floppy muscles. The smallest anglerfish is less than one-quater inch (64 mm). The largest may grow up to six feet (2 m) in length. The shape of the anglerfish's is more like a cone instead of an oval or sphere.
The Elephant Hawk Moth (Deilephila elpenor) gets its name from the caterpillar’s resemblance to an elephant’s trunk. It is a large, strong-flying moth, attractively colored pink and green. Colors seem to shimmer when the moth is in flight. This species has good night vision, and feeds at night on nectar from flowers such as honeysuckle. It is most active at night.
The Dumbo octopus from genus Grimpoteuthis is known after the Disney elephant who could fly with his ears.
The Giraffe Weevil is a baked bean-sized beetle. Its long neck, tiny head and furry antennae makes it look like nothing else on Earth.
The Fennec Fox is the cutest canid on earth. Learn about how superbly it is adapted to the life in places where no other creature would survive.
The Giant Isopod is the largest known isopod species of deep-sea bottom-feeding crustaceans. This impressive predator has large anterior eyes with a wide binocular field.
The critically endangered New Zealand Kakapo is a flightless nocturnal parrot which has some asolutely unique features.
Using its fins to walk, rather than swim, along the ocean floor, the Red Handfish reminds of a cute cartoon character. This critically endangered species needs urgent intervention to be saved from extinction.
The Shoebill is an uncommon waterbird from Africa threatened by pet trade. This giant gray bird looks like a massive stork, except that its beak is like a Dutch wooden clog with sharp edges and hooked tip.
The Aye-Aye is one of the most unique primates in the world. It has several features that enables him to exploit food resources unavailable to most other animals in Madagascar. His behavior also distinquishes him from most other lemurs.
The Blue glaucus is a very odd looking animal. It spends all its time upside down and the camouflage patterns are found on its front. It also consumes deadly poisonous animals without being harmed.
The unusual appearance of the Hairy frogfish is designed to conceal it from predators and sometimes to mimic a potential meal to its prey.