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06-08-2015, 09:19 PM
RE: Metazoa info
(06-08-2015 03:54 PM)Metazoa Zeke Wrote:  The sail differs from other sails dinosaurs have. Some point that the sail is more like a hump. The use is not well known. Some speculate it was for temperature regulation.

Since the animal was aquatic, it would seem to me that the sail was actually a dorsal fin, which would perform the same functions as modern day aquatic animals in which it would act to stabilize the animal against rolling, to assist in sudden turns, and to help propel the animal through the water.

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06-08-2015, 09:29 PM
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(06-08-2015 09:19 PM)Free Wrote:  
(06-08-2015 03:54 PM)Metazoa Zeke Wrote:  The sail differs from other sails dinosaurs have. Some point that the sail is more like a hump. The use is not well known. Some speculate it was for temperature regulation.

Since the animal was aquatic, it would seem to me that the sail was actually a dorsal fin, which would perform the same functions as modern day aquatic animals in which it would act to stabilize the animal against rolling, to assist in sudden turns, and to help propel the animal through the water.

That is a good idea, but many other non-aquatic dinosaurs do have sails. Though it could be that it was used for attracting makes.

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07-08-2015, 07:14 AM
RE: Metazoa info
(06-08-2015 09:29 PM)Metazoa Zeke Wrote:  
(06-08-2015 09:19 PM)Free Wrote:  Since the animal was aquatic, it would seem to me that the sail was actually a dorsal fin, which would perform the same functions as modern day aquatic animals in which it would act to stabilize the animal against rolling, to assist in sudden turns, and to help propel the animal through the water.

That is a good idea, but many other non-aquatic dinosaurs do have sails. Though it could be that it was used for attracting makes.

True, and/or those sails could also have been used to keep the animal balanced on land. I also think that the sails on land animals may have been something left over from earlier ancestors who may have originally been aquatic.

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07-08-2015, 04:16 PM
RE: Metazoa info
Red fox

[Image: 640px-Red_Fox_(Vulpes_vulpes)_-British_W...ntre-8.jpg]

Vulpes vulpes

Size: 75-145.5cm

Weight: 3-11kg

Life expectancy: 5 years

When it first appeared: The Red fox first appeared 0.7 MYA, in the mid Pleistocene

Location: The red fox has a large habitat range. It can be found in forest, mountains, farms, suburbs, grasslands, and deserts. They also have a large rang, living in most of Asia, east and northern mid west you U.S. , Canada, Alaska, Morocco, and introduced to most of Australia.

[Image: Red_fox_rangemap.png]

Taxonomy:
Class: Mammalia
Clade: Holotheria
Superlegion: Trechnotheria
Legion: Cladotheria
Sublegion: Zatheria
Infralegion: Tivosphenida
Subclass: Theria
Clade: Eutheria
Infraclass: Placentalia
Subcohort: Exfroplacentalia
Magnorder: Boreoeutheria
Superorder: Laurasiatheria
Clade: Scrotifera
Clade: Ferungulata
(unranked): Pegasaferae
(unranked): Zoomata
(unranked): Ferae
(unranked): Carnivoramorpha
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Caniformia
Family: Canidae
Subfamily: Caninae
Tribe: Vulpini
Genus: Vulpes
Species: Vulpes vulpes

Diet: Red foxes are omnivores. They will eat rodents, game birds, raccoons, fish, insects, reptiles, berries, apples, plums, grapes, acorns, grass, tubers, cherries, and opossums.

Anatomy: Red foxes have a pretty strong sense of hearing. They can locate sounds up to 700-3,000 Hz. They also have anal sacks which are said to smell like violets.

Behavior: Red foxes are nocturnal. red foxes are also shy, as they try to avoid humans. Red foxes have been known to dig dens in order to avoid bad whether. Red foxes are social animals. They will live in social groups from 3-4 adults. These foxes use body movements to communicate. They are also territorial. The dominant red foxes are able to claim territory. Submissive foxes will approach the dominant one in a submissive position.

Reproduction: In fox groups, only one female will mate usually, though sometimes three will. Red foxes reproduce once during the spring. It is said that for the most part Red foxes are monogamous, though there are polygamous groups. The red fox gestation period is 49-58 days. The females have up to 4-6 kits. The females will raise the kits till they reach adulthood. Both the mom and dad care for their young. The young will stay in the den for 10 months.

Relationship with other animals: Other foxes share rivalries with the red fox. The red fox will fight, kill, and compete with these foxes. Despite being powerful, grey foxes and corsac faxes can beat the red fox. Wolves will kill foxes when competing for food. Red foxes will also kill small mustelids. Europeans badgers will share their dens with Red foxes, though they will evict vixens if they have kits.
Red foxes are preyed on by leopards, caracals, lynxes, cougars, bobcats, eurasioan eagle owls and golden owls. Parasites of the red fox include the rabbit flea, the ear mite, the itch mite, the castoar bean tick, ixodes hexagonus, demodex folliculorum, notedres, and linguatula serrata. Humans have hunted red foxes as well.


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http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Vulpes_vulpes/

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/23062/0

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/an...s/red-fox/

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08-08-2015, 10:23 PM
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Red swamp crawfish(requested by RocketSurgeon76)

[Image: Crayfish.png]

Size: 5.5-12cm

Weight: capable of reaching 50g

Life expectancy: Average 2-3 years

When it first appeared: No data

Location: The red swamp crawfish can be found in slow flowing rivers and creeks. They are native to the states Oklahoma, Florida,Kentucky,Tennessee, Alabama,Mississippi, Louisiana,Arkansas,Missouri,Illinois, and Texas. They have been introduced in more states however.

[Image: pr_clarkii.gif]

Taxonomy:
Class: Malacostraca
Subclass: Eumalacostraca
Superorder: Eucarida
Order: Decapoda
Suborder: Pleocyemata
Infraorder: Astacidea
Superfamily: Astacaidea
Family: Cambaridae
Genus: Procambarus
Species: Procambarus clarkii

Diet: Any organism, plant or animal or etc, that it can catch will be eaten

Anatomy: Being the most invasive crawfish, it is said to be immune to many things other crayfish aren't (i.e poisonous salamanders).

Behavior: This crawfish is said to be aggressive. In aquariums they will attack other animals including their own. They are solitary.

Reproduction: These crawfish will breed in the fall. The females will lay up to 650 eggs in soft sediment. Some research says they may also be able to reproduce via parthenogenesis.

Relationship with other animals: In invasive areas, it competes with other crawfish. Because of it being invasive, humans want to stop it from growing in population in invasive states.

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http://www.dfw.state.or.us/conservations...tSheet.pdf

http://wdfw.wa.gov/ais/procambarus_clarkii/

http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Proc...s_clarkii/

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08-08-2015, 10:36 PM
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†Alligator prensalis (requested by RocketSurgeon76)

[Image: 3757317310_4e695568c2_b.jpg]

Size: No data

Weight: Estimated 17.4kg

Life expectancy: No data

When it first appeared: The gator debuted in the Oligocene 37 MYA

Location: The fossils of this animal where found in Brule formations, South Dokata and the Chadron formation, North Dakota.

Taxonomy:
Class: Reptillia
Clade: eureptilia
Clade: Romeriida
Clade: Diapsida
Clade: Neodiapsida
Clade: Sauria
Clade: Archosauromorpha
Clade: Archosauriformes
Clade: Crurotarsi
Clade: Archosauria
Clade: Pseudosuchia
Clade: Suchia
Clade: Paracrocodylomorpha
Clade: Loricata
Clade: Batyotica
Superorder: Crocodylomorpha
Clade: Crocodyliformes
Clade: Mesoeucrocodylia
Clade: Metasuchia
Clade:Neosuchia
Clade: Eusuchia
Order: Crocodilia
Clade: Brevirostres
Superfamily: Alligatoroidea
Clade: Globidonta
Family: Alligatoridae
Subfamily: Alligatorinae
Genus: Alligator
Species: †Alligator prenasalis

Diet: There is no real data on its diet, but you can say it ate fish and other small animals.

Anatomy: It is similar to modern alligators, so it has many similar abilities like a ability to sense movements in the water

Behavior: No data

Reproduction: No data

Relationship with other animals: It is one of the oldest alligators. Other than that, there is no data

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http://eol.org/pages/4472571/details

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alligator_prenasalis

http://fossilworks.org/?a=taxonInfo&taxon_no=172984

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08-08-2015, 11:34 PM
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(07-08-2015 04:16 PM)Metazoa Zeke Wrote:  Anatomy: Red foxes have a pretty strong sense of hearing. They can locate sounds up to 700-3,000 Hz. They also have anal sacks which are said to smell like violets.

Didja just chuck this in to see if anyone reads these posts? Or is there a biologist somewhere who's Phd involved sniffing fox butts?

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08-08-2015, 11:41 PM
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(08-08-2015 11:34 PM)morondog Wrote:  
(07-08-2015 04:16 PM)Metazoa Zeke Wrote:  Anatomy: Red foxes have a pretty strong sense of hearing. They can locate sounds up to 700-3,000 Hz. They also have anal sacks which are said to smell like violets.

Didja just chuck this in to see if anyone reads these posts? Or is there a biologist somewhere who's Phd involved sniffing fox butts?

I read this. It was mentioned in the wikipedia article.

It sources this from a book by Stephen Harris and Yalden Derek called Mammals of the British isles, written in 2008. I also said said so that you can know that it was not confirmed, but was research and someone said that it smelled like violets.

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10-08-2015, 04:36 PM (This post was last modified: 10-08-2015 04:39 PM by Metazoa Zeke.)
RE: Metazoa info
Portuguese man o' war

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Physalia physalis

Size: Has 50m long tentacles.

Weight: No data

Life expectancy: Despite the name it can be found around ocean waters from Portugal to South africa, in the Atlantic, Indian and pacific ocean. They are seen floating across the water.

When it first appeared: No data

[Image: map-portuguese-man-of-war-160-20152-cb1438266069.gif]

Taxonomy:

Class: Hydrozoa
Subclass: Leptolinae
Order: Siphonophorae
Family: Physaliidae
Genus: Physalia
Species: Physalia physalis

Diet: This animal is a carnivore, and feeds on small fish and plankton

Anatomy: This animal is well know for its venom. The sting of this man o' war can paralyze fish and prey with its sting. Even detached stingers can sting. They are also not one animal but a colony of animals.

Behavior: It floats and eats, that's it.

Reproduction: Not much is know about when these animals mate. They do reproduce sexually, and release eggs and sperm. The eggs have been floating in deep water.

Relationship with other animals: The man o' war is important for many animals. The man o' war fish, clown fish, and the yellow jack benefit living in the stingers, in turn the fish protect the man o' war from predators. The portuguese man o' war is prey to glacus atlanticus, the ocean sunfish, and the logger head turtle. The blanket octopus will take the stingers of the portugese man o' war

[Image: portuguese_man-o-war_md_20100815_01.jpg]

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http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/an...an-of-war/

http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/portu...o-war.html

http://eol.org/pages/1005764/details

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10-08-2015, 04:59 PM
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Alligator snapping turtle

[Image: cs-alisnapper.jpg]

Macrochelys temminckii

Size: 66cm

Weight: 100kg

Life expectancy: they on average live from 11-45 years

When it first appeared: No data

Location: It is found as far west as east Texas, as far east as west Florida and as far north as Iowa. They live in lakes, with only females willing to go on land.

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Taxonomy:
Class: Reptilia
Clade: Eureptilia
Clade: Diapsida
Clade: Neodiapsida
Clade: Neodiapsida
Clade: Sauria
Clade: Pantestudines
Clade: Testudinata
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Clade: Polycryptodira
Family: Chelydridae
Genus: Macrochelys
Species: Macrochelys temminckii

Diet: These turtles mostly eat other animals. They eat fish, mollusk, amphibians, snakes, crayfish, aquatic mammals, water birds, worms, and aquatic plants.

Anatomy: This animal is know for its bite. The mouth may be hard but its bite force is not as strong as people think it is, going up to 158±18 kgf. It also has a cool worm like tongue, used to lure prey so it can eat.

Behavior: Alligator snappers are solitary. They will spend 40-50 minutes under water. They hunt by remaining still and with their mouth open, wiggle their tongue to lure prey.

Reproduction: Macrochelys temminckii reaches sexual maturity at 12 years. Depending on region it will mate early or late spring. The female will lay up to 8-52 eggs, with the eggs taking 100-140 days. There is no parental care, so the young must defend themselves when they hatch.

Relationship with other animals: Not much is know about its relationship with other animals besides its prey.

[Image: adam-jones-alligator-snapping-turtle-mac...aptive.jpg]

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http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Macr...emminckii/

https://www.nwf.org/Wildlife/Wildlife-Li...urtle.aspx

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/an...ng-turtle/

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