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Ian Dunn
729501.  Fri Jul 23, 2010 3:32 pm Reply with quote

I've just come across this article from MSNBC listing some quite interesting animals and plants that have recently come to light. These are:

* The Bomb-Dropping Worm Swima bombiviridis - Found of the coast of Florida, it can throw away it's green gills to trick predators.

* The Rat-Eating Pitcher Plant Nepenthes attenboroughii - Found in the Philippine island of Palawan, it is the size of an American football and can eat rodents. It is named after David Attenborough.

* The Weird Malagasy yam Dioscorea orangeana - Weird because it grows several digital lobes instead of just one.

* The Hard-to-classify slug Aiteng ater - Found in Thailand, it is one of the few sea slugs to eat insects. It is named after a puppet popular in southern Thailand.

* The Flat-faced frogfish Histiophryne psychedelica - Found around Indonesian (something for Series I maybe), it's colourful looks are believed to help it beldn in with venomous corals.

* The Golden-Orb spider Nephilia komacip - Not yet seen alive, but believed to be in Southern Africa and to create a series of interesting webs.

* The Phallic mushroom Phallus drewesii - A fungs which looks like a penis. Need I say more?

* The Dracula minnow Danionella dracula - A translucent fish discovered in Myanmar/Burma, with males displaying sharp fangs.

* The Omar electric fish Gymnotus omarorum - An electric fish that for many years was thought to be part of G. carapo., but is actually its own species. It is named after pioneers in the study of electrogenesis, Omar Macadar and Omar Trujillo-Cenoz.

* The Killer Sponge Chondrocladia (Meliiderma) turbiformis - A sponge which eats flesh, first discovered off the New Zealand coast.

Alfred E Neuman
729523.  Fri Jul 23, 2010 5:04 pm Reply with quote

Ian Dunn wrote:
* The Phallic mushroom Phallus drewesii - A fungs which looks like a penis. Need I say more?

Rather that than vice-versa...

729527.  Fri Jul 23, 2010 5:20 pm Reply with quote

Since these are family forums and hence some members might not be familiar with penes, the link below is for men over 18 and married women only.

Picture of a Phallus drewesii

729571.  Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:43 am Reply with quote

Rat eating pitcher plant Roland beware!

"Discovered two years ago and formally named after famed naturalist Sir David Attenborough earlier this year, the exotic plant has recently gained media attention. Nepenthes Attenboroughii, a giant rat eating pitcher plant was found in Palawan, Philippines. Nepenthes Attenboroughii is said to be the largest rodent eating plant and was discovered at Mount Victoria in the municipality of Narra. It was discovered by Alastair S. Robinson, Stewart R. McPherson and Volker B. Heinrich in June 2007, during a two month research expedition to catalog the different species of pitcher plant found across the Philippine Archipelago. They have heard reports of unusual exotic plants from missionaries who got lost in the dense jungle and decided to explore it. A previously unknown variety of pitcher plant, it is so big that small rodents could be trapped inside and slowly dissolved by flesh-eating enzymes." (


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