Endangered Ugly Things
Highlighting organisms that are too strange, boring, or just plain ugly to get wider attention.

megthemaggot:

endangereduglythings:

I’m pretty sure most people consider Remoras accessories to sharks, but they’re so cool! They’ve got suckers on their heads, and they look upside down! 

So, I decided the world needed a plush Remora. You can buy him here on my Etsy shop.

I also do commissions through this item, and I have plenty more needle-felted animals for sale.

wait i totally thought that the sucker was on their chins and that they WERE upside down ?? ?

I know! I thought that for ages!

Turns out it’s a modified dorsal fin! Evolution, you so crazy!

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Also, @living-vicariously, I was thinking about it, but I decided that I didn’t need it to be scratchy.

I’m pretty sure most people consider Remoras accessories to sharks, but they’re so cool! They’ve got suckers on their heads, and they look upside down! 

So, I decided the world needed a plush Remora. You can buy him here on my Etsy shop.

I also do commissions through this item, and I have plenty more needle-felted animals for sale.

cool-critters:

Spiny turtle (Heosemys spinosa)

The spiny turtle is known from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Sadly this species is highly endangered! It inhabits lowland and hill rainforest, usually in the vicinity of small streams, mainly in hill areas up to 900 m above sea level. Mating behaviour appears to be triggered by rain; in captivity, spraying males with water results in them chasing females and attempting to mount. Nothing is known of nesting behaviour in the wild.

photo credits: zooborns, myviadventures

It’s like a tiny leafy shuriken!

"You called?"

I think this is a Griffon Vulture*, which isn’t endangered, but he’s too cute to not reblog.

*Someone please correct me.

tags » not EUTs · not endangered · Birds · birb ·

dark-blue-oceans:

Me.

LAH!

(Someone wanted more Axolotls. That’s what you get.)

Clearly where Sauron goes to shop for soldiers.

cool-critters:

White-necked rockfowl (Picathartes gymnocephalus)

The white-necked rockfowl is a passerine mainly found in rocky forested areas at higher altitudes in West Africa from Guinea to Ghana. Its distribution is patchy, with populations often being isolated from each other. The rockfowl typically chooses to live near streams and inselbergs. These rockfowl feed primarily on insects, though parents feed small frogs to their young. One feeding strategy involves following army ant swarms, feeding on insects flushed by the ants. Rockfowl move through the forest primarily through a series of hops and bounds or short flights in low vegetation. This species rarely flies for long distances. The white-necked rockfowl is monogamous. This species is classified as Vulnerable as its dwindling and fragmented populations are threatened by habitat destruction.

photo credits: wiki, afrotropicalbirds, The Field Museum, Division of Birds, Ben Marks and Jason Weckstein

… Can anybody tell me what’s up with this bird’s skull? Like, is the yellow skin over the black skin, or is that just an optical illusion with two colors?

tags » vulnerable · Birds · africa · EUT ·

Holy crap, I have 2000 followers! Within 5 months of starting on Tumblr!

My research suggests that a post stating that also requires a goofy picture, and/or a screenshot of the follower count. So, I decided to combine the two:

(That’s an Alligator Snapping Turtle, if anyone was wondering.)

(And thanks for following.)

libutron:

Spotted Shovel-nosed Frog - Hemisus guttatus 

This frog with globular body, small pointed head, pointed snout, and tiny eyes, is scientifically named Hemisus guttatus (Hemisotidae) and is known only from South Africa. Other common names are Spotted Snout-Burrower, Spotted Burrowing Frog, in reference to its burrowing habit since these frogs spend most of their lives underground.

It is dark purple or brown, with numerous yellow dots on the dorsum. The snout is hardened and flattened, with the mouth on the underside and is used for burrowing head-first, as the common name of Spotted Snout-Burrower suggests.

Because its distribution is severely fragmented, Hemisus guttatus is classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Tyrone Ping | Locality: Mtunzini, Kwa Zulu Natal. South Africa (2014)

I can’t help but think how much this looks like a frog trying to cosplay as a softshell turtle.

tags » vulnerable · south africa · Amphibians · EUT ·

cool-critters:

Hispaniolan solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus)

The Hispaniolan solenodon is a solenodon found only on Hispaniola, the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The Hispaniolan solenodon looks much like an oversized shrew. Head-and-body length is 28–33 cm (11–13 in) and the tail is about 25 cm. The Hispaniolan solenodon is nocturnal, a consequence of which is its highly developed senses of hearing, smell and touch. Its is one of the few venomous mammals, having venomous saliva. Hispaniolan solenodons eat a wide variety of animals, including arthropods, worms, snails and small reptiles; they may also feed on roots, fruits and foliage. They probe the earth with their snouts and dig or rip open rotten logs with their claws. It t is a slow, clumsy runner. Since it´s classified as “Endangered" by the IUCN, the species is fully protected by law.

photo credits: weirdanimals, wiki, bbc

When I first learned about these guys (and their Cuban cousins), I couldn’t help but notice how much they looked like Rodents of Unusual Size.

Except, y’know, not Unusually Sized.

Also, they’re not technically rodents, but frankly, the ROUS looks more like a giant shrew anyway.

tags » mammals · Carribean · Endangered · EUT ·
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