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Thunderbird
2014-01-20 07:48:49

Thunderbird is a Native American legend sometimes associated with storms. Several sightings of this creature correlate with storms in the corresponding area. Some researchers describe a Thunderbird as being lizard-like similar to the extinct Pteranodon. Fossils of large birds (teratorns) having a wingspan of 12 to 18 feet were around with early man, and the Thunderbird legend may have...

Balkan Whipsnake Hierophis gemonensis
2014-01-17 10:30:59

The Balkan whipsnake (Hierophis gemonensis) of the family Colubridae, ranges throughout Italy, Croatia, Monte Negro, Slovenia, Albenia and Greece. The species inhabits dry overgrown areas with plush vegetation including gardens, pastureland, stony areas and plantations. Habitat destruction currently threatens the snake as it cannot efficiently support the species. The Balkan whipsnake is far...

Chinese Pangolin Manis pentadactyla
2013-11-29 09:41:59

The Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla) is a species of pangolin that can be found in Bhutan, India, and Nepal and from northern areas of Indochina to southern areas of China and most areas of Taiwan. This species resides in forests and spends most of its time on the ground, although it has been found in trees at elevations of up to twenty feet. It is thought that this species was one of the...

Mongolian death worm
2013-11-27 09:51:18

The Mongolian death worm is a cryptid that is claimed to inhabit the Gobi Desert. It lives underground in hibernation except for the months of June and July. It will surface from its underground habitat when it rains and soaks the ground. It is alleged to kill its prey from a distance. It either sprays an acidic venom that dissolves anything it touches, or by an electrical discharge....

Ophiocoma scolopendrina
2013-11-15 10:40:07

Ophiocoma scolopendrina is a species of brittle star in the family Ophiocomidae. Ophiocoma scolopendrina, similar to other brittle star, have long and thin arms stemming from a small dish-shaped body and are around the size of an outstretched human hand. They belong to the phylum of echinoderms, which incorporates sea urchins, sea stars, and sea cucumbers. Dorsal disc and dorsal arm...

Gorgonocephalus eucnemis
2013-11-14 13:23:25

Gorgonocephalus eucnemis is a species of basket star in the class Ophiuroidea. It’s located in circumpolar marine environments within the Northern Hemisphere. The scientific name for the genus comes from the Greek, “gorgos” meaning “dreadful” and “cephalus” meaning “head”, and is in reference to the similarity between these basket stars and the Gorgon’s head from Greek...

Sea Potato Echinocardium cordatum
2013-11-14 13:16:11

The Sea Potato (Echinocardium cordatum) is a sea urchin belonging to the family Loveniidae. It’s located in sub-tidal regions in temperate seas around the globe and resides buried in the sandy sea floor. The sea potato is a heart-shaped urchin clothed in a dense mat of furrowed yellowish colored spines which grow from tubercles and mainly point backwards. The upper surface is flattened and...

Striped Sun Star Solaster stimpson
2013-11-14 12:36:02

The striped sun star (Solaster stimpson), also known as the sun sea star among many other names, is a species of starfish that is classified within the Solasteridae family. It can be found in many areas including the western coasts of the United States and the waters around Japan. This species prefers a habitat within sub tidal areas with rocky terrain, at depths of up to 2,001 feet. It is...

Orange Sun Star Solaster paxillatus
2013-11-14 12:25:33

The orange sun star (Solaster paxillatus) is a species of starfish that is classified in the Solasteridae family. It can be found the Pacific Ocean with a range that extends from California in the United States to the Bering Sea and Japan. This species prefers to reside at depths between 36 and 12,270 feet. The orange sun star has a wide disk that appears to be inflated, especially after...

Northern Sun Star Solaster endeca
2013-11-14 11:54:31

The northern sun star (Solaster endeca), also known as the purple sun star or the smooth sun star, is a species of starfish that is classified within the Solasteridae family. It can be found in the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean with a range that includes coastlines of Greenland, Canada, and the United States. It prefers a habitat in areas with adequate to heavy shelter and muddy or rocky...

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