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29-04-2014, 05:40 PM
RE: Metazoa info
So any animals you want to see?

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05-05-2014, 07:20 PM
RE: Metazoa info
White cave velvet worm

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Peripatapis Alba

Length:10 cm

Weight:unknown

Life Expectancy:9-11 years

First appeared:unknown

Location: Like the name says, this animal likes to live in caves like the wynberg cave in south Africa. The caves must be deep, moist and dark.

Taxonomy:

Class:Udeonychophora
Order:Euonychophora
Family:Peripatopsidae
Genus:Peripatopsis
Sepcies:Peripatopsis Alba

Diet: Eats insects and arachnids that live in its caves.

Anatomy: Like other velvet worms this animal has a slime gland in which to ensnare prey. They also have antenna. The most interesting is its hydrostatic skeleton. This skeleton is acted on by muscles, and provide internal bodily fluid.

Behavior:This animal is actually social. In fact they can eat in packs, and with a social hierarchy, with the dominant female feeding first,then other females, then the males, last the young get to eat. The hierarchy is based on how many social interactions an individual has had. Also the social interaction will lead to a clustering to form an aggregate. Males and females are the most common and cluster the best, males and males are the least common and get along the worst.

Reproduction: These animals reproduce sexually, but not much is known on its perental care or its reproductive cycle.

Interactions with other animals: Not much interaction is known outside humans, its prey and each other.

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Just crawling around

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http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/16618/0

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05-05-2014, 07:34 PM
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Giant Squid(requested by laza)

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Architeuthis dux

Size: 43ft females, 33ft males

Weight: 606lbs females, 330lbs males

Life expectancy: Not known

When it first appeared:Not known

Location: Live in deep oceans. Have been found in different locations in every ocean besides Indian and Antarctic.

[Image: Architeuthis_distribution.gif]

Taxonomy

Class:Cephalopoda
Subclass:Coleoidea
Cohort:Meocoleoidea
Superorder:Decapodiformes
Order:Teuthida
Superorder:Oegopsina
Family:Acrchiteuthidae
Genus:Architeuthis
Species:Architeuthis Dux

Diet: They eat deep sea fish and other squid

Anatomy: These animals have the biggest eyes in the animal kingdom. They also have the most powerful tentacles of all squids.

Behavior: Not much is known accept that these animals are solitary.

Reproduction: Females lay 11lbs of eggs, each 0.20 to 0.055 inches long and 0.012 to 0.028in wide. Mating ritual is not really known, but it is said the males penis ejects sperm from a neeham's sac, and that females have a single median ovary near the rear mantle.

Interaction with other animals: Sperm whales are the rivals of these animals, as they are its prey. Sperm whales have been found with scars left by these animals.

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WILL SHOW FACE FOR FOOD

Other sources:

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/an...ant-squid/

http://ocean.si.edu/giant-squid

http://marinebio.org/species.asp?id=156

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05-05-2014, 07:38 PM
RE: Metazoa info
Hey, U Y NO include the Mimic Octopus?! The most awesome of octopi being left out aint right!

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05-05-2014, 07:51 PM
RE: Metazoa info
Heart worm

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Dirofilaria Immitis

Size: Females 10-12 inches, males 4-6 inches

Weight: No avaliable data

When if first appeared: In the cretaceous period around 100 million years ago

Location: Found around the world in the heart and lung arteries of other animals.

Taxonomy:

Class:Secerentea
Subclass:Spiruria
Order:Spirurida
Superfamily:Filarioidea
Family:Onchoceridae
Genus:Dinofilaria
Species:Dirofilaria Immitis

Diet: The host

Anatomy: No special anatomy

Behavior:This animal shares its home with others of its species,however there is no social interactions

Reproduction: Males and females mate in the heart and lung arteries. The eggs are released in the blood and is then sucked by a mosquito. The mosquito releases eggs into the next host.

Interactions with other animals: This animal is a parasite. Dogs, Cats, Wolves, Coyotes, Foxes, Ferrets, Sea lions, the African Leopard, Beavers, even Humans and Mosquitoes, though it is rare in humans and mosquitoes are just an intermediate host. Humans are the deadliest animal to the heartworm.

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Strength in numbers they say

Other sources:

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/heartworm

http://www.capcvet.org/capc-recommendati...-heartworm

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care/heartworm

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05-05-2014, 08:19 PM (This post was last modified: 05-05-2014 08:39 PM by Metazoa Zeke.)
RE: Metazoa info
XMegatherium Americanum(requested by blackhand293)

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Size: 20ft

Weight:4 tons

Life expectancy: Not known

When it first appeared: Late pliocene 2 million years ago.

Location: Fossils were found in Lujan River

Taxonomy:

Class: Mammalia
Clade:Holotheria
Superlegion:Trechontheria
Legion:Cladotheria
Sublegion:Zatheria
Infralegion:Tribosphenida
Subclass:theria
Clade:Eutheria
Infraclass:Placentalia
Subcohort:Exafroplacentalia
Superorder:Xenarthra
Order:Pilasa
Suborder:Folivora
Family:XMegatheriidae
Tribe:XMegatherinni
Subtribe:XMegatheriina
Genus:XMegatherium
Type Species:XMegatherium Americanum

Diet: Is said to eat plants, but is also been claimed to also eat meat.

Anatomy: This giant sloth had large claws and its size indicates its muscles size. This shows that it had large muscles and had power to back up those claws. They also had a skeletal structure to allow them to stand.

Behavior: This animal is found as being social. Other than that nothing else is known about its behavior

Reproduction: Not known

Interaction with other animals: This animal was the smilodons worst enemy, as it could steal their kills with no backlash.

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The fossil of the once powerful animal

Other sources:

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/speci...index.html

http://www.abc.net.au/beasts/evidence/prog5/page4.htm

http://www.slothsanctuary.com/about-slot...und-sloth/

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05-05-2014, 08:38 PM
RE: Metazoa info
XAustralopitheucs Aferensis

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Size: 4ft 6in male, 3ft 9in female

Weight:90lbs male, 66lbs female

Life expectancy: Not known

Location: The fossils were found in africa in locations like Hadar, Ethiopia, and Kenya.

[Image: Hadar,_Ethiopia_%3B_Australopithecus_afa...ry_map.png]

Taxonomy:

Class: Mammals
Clade: Holotheria
Superlegion:Zatheria
Infralegion:Tribosphenida
Subclass:Theiria
Clade:Eutheria
Infraclass:Placentalia
Subcohort:Exafroplacentalia
Magnorder:Boreoeutheria
Superorder:Euarchontoglires
Grandorder:Euarchonta
Mirorder:Primatomorpha
Order:Primates
Suborder:Haplorrhini
Infraorder:Simiiformes
Pravorder:Catarrhini
Superfamily:Hominoidea
Family:Hominidae
Subfamily:Homininae
Genus:XAustralopithecus
Species:XAustralopithecus Afarensis

Diet: Was a frugivore

Anatomy: This animal is a transitional fossil. This animal had many traits similar to humans. Its thigh bones where pointed more inside the that of a chimpanzee. It also had a hip more similar that a chimpanzee, however it was wider than that of a human. It also had toes in the shape of chimps but had a big toe more like a human, meaning that it could climb like a chimp but can still walk in a bipedal way. Despite it being bipedal it did not walk like humans.

Behavior This animal was social. There would be one Male and the rest a were females to breed. It is also said that they make stone tools.

Reproduction: Not known

Interactions with other animals: Not known

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The fossil of a A.Aferensis named Selam

Other sources:

http://humanorigins.si.edu/evidence/huma...-afarensis

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/...afarensis/

http://australianmuseum.net.au/Australop...afarensis/

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05-05-2014, 09:08 PM
RE: Metazoa info
Ruby Throated Hummingbird

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Archilochus Colubris

Height: 2.8 to 3.5 in

Weight: 0.13oz

First Appeared:Not known

Location: Likes to live in warm areas in gardens, orchards , and forest. Live in eastern united states and the Canadian planes in summer,and mexico, the southern part of Florida and central america in winter.

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Taxonomy:

Class:Aves
Clade:Avebrevicauda
Clade:Pygostylia
Clade:Ornithothoraces
Clade:Euornithes
Clade:Ornithurae
Clade:Carinatae
Subclass:Neoornithes
Infraclass:Neognathae
Clade:Neoaves
Clade:Metaves
unranked:Cypselomorphae
Order:Apodiformes
Family:Trochilidae
Genus:Archilochus
Species:Archilochus Colubris

Diet: This animal will eat nectar from flowers but will also eat sugar water.

Anatomy: Like all hummingbird the ruby throated humming bird has fast beating wings, up to 40-80 beats per second. Because of this evolutionary benefit they must breath fast and have a fast heart beat. They have 250 breaths per minute and 25- beats per minute while resting and 1200 beats per minute while feeding.

Behavior: The ruby throated humming bird is a fierce animal. Despite its size they are willing to fight off any animal. Ruby throated humming birds have been known to fight hornets and even the hawks and falcons that hunt them. Ruby throated humming birds are solitary and will fight with other humming birds of its species for food.

Reproduction: Males will mate with multiple females. To court females, males fly up and dive while making U shaped pattern during the dive. Females build a nest out of webs and plant parts. A female will lay 1-2 eggs. Females will take care of the young.

Interaction with other animals: Hornets and Bees are animals that rival with the Ruby throated hummingbird. They will chase these animals away from feeders and flowers that they want to eat from. They also have to deal with animals like the Red-Tailed Hawk, which are one of its predators. Humans interact with these animals by leaving out hummingbird feeders. House hold cats and dogs are one of the only animals that Ruby throated humming birds don't know how to really deal with.

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Today is a bad day to be a bee

Other sources:

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/ruby-...ifehistory

http://www.arkive.org/ruby-throated-humm...-colubris/

http://www.beautyofbirds.com/rubythroate...eding.html

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07-05-2014, 05:17 PM
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Mimic Octopus(requested by Free Thought)

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Thaumoctopus Mimicus

Size: 2ft 25in

Weight: Not known

Life Expectancy: 9 months

When it First appeared: Not known

Location:These animals live in warm shallow waters. They live in areas In and around Indonesia and Malaysia.

[Image: Location_Malay_Archipelago.png]

Taxonomy:

Class: Cephalopods
Subclass:Coleoidea
Cohort:Meocoleoidea
Superorder:Octopodiformes
Order:Octopoda
Suborder:Incirrina
Family:Octopodidae
Subfamily:Octopodinae
Genus:Thaumoctopus
Species:Thaumoctopus Mimicus

Diet: This animal eats small fish and crustaceans

Anatomy: This animal has three hearts in its mantle. Like most octopus it can change its skin pigment. This is due to pigment sacs called chromatophores.

Behavior: This animal is known for its ability to act like other animals. This animal will mimic seasnakes, lion fish, jelly fish, and flatfish to name a few. This is done so that it can escape from predators. This animal is solitary.

Reproduction: While mating males will insert his hectocotylus into the females mantle. After depositing sperm, the hectocotylus drops off and he dies. The female cares for her young, but instead of a nest she carries the young with here. She dies when they are born.

Interaction with other animals: Besides mimicking other animals, not much is known about its interspecific relationships.

[Image: mimic-octopus-o.gif]

The mimic in action

Other sources:

http://www.dive-the-world.com/creatures-...ctopus.php

http://marinebio.org/species.asp?id=260

http://eol.org/pages/3100227/overview

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07-05-2014, 05:42 PM
RE: Metazoa info
Honey Badger (Blackhand293)

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Size: 22- 30 in

Weight: 20-35lbs males, 11-22lbs females

Life Expectancy: 24 years

When it First appeared: Middle Pliocene 3.6 million years ago

Location: The honey badger lives in grasslands, forest, deserts, and mountains. They are found in most of africa, india, and saudi arabia.

[Image: honey_badger_range.jpg]

Taxonomy:

Class:Mammalia
Clade:Holotheria
Superlegion:Trechnotheria
Legion:Cladotheria
Infralegion:Tribosphenida
Subclass:Theria
Clade:Eutheria
Infraclass:Placentalia
Subcohort:Exafroplacentalia
Magnorder:Boreoeutheria
Superorder:Laurosiatheria
unranked:Zooamata
unranked:Ferae
unranked:Carnivoramorpha
Order:Carnivora
Suborder:Caniformia
Superfamily:Musteloidea
Family:Mustelidae
Subfamily:Mellivorinae
Genus:Mellivora
Species:Mellivora Capensis

Diet: These animals will eat almost anything. Honey,berries, roots, snakes, birds, baby cheetahs, and even lion kills just to name a few.

Anatomy: The honey badger has two pairs of mammae, which cause a smelly and pungent odor. This smell is actually said to calm down bees. The tongue has a strange and sharp backward pointing papillae to assist it in eating. Also there skin is though enough that porcupine quills and bee stings rarely penetrate.

Behavioar: This animal is highly aggressive. Its fould behavior makes it one of the most fearless animals. Its nasty attitude scares away lions, hyenas, and even cape buffalo. This animal is of course solitary, however they hunt in pairs during their mating season.

Reproduction: The mother will raise a litter of 1-4 young. She will relocate dens every 2-5 days. After 8 months young leave then den but still stay with the mother. After a year the young leave.

Relationship with other animals: This animal will fight every animal that messes with it. However humans are the only animal to pose a real threat to them.

[Image: Honey-Badger-Cute.jpg]

There are not all that bad.

Other sources:

http://www.honeybadger.com/

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-na...31/?no-ist

http://www.theanimalfiles.com/mammals/ca...honey.html

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