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American Paint Horse
2014-04-03 10:52:05

The American paint horse was developed in the United States using the American quarter horse and the thoroughbred, producing a desirable horse that greatly resembles the quarter horse and has pinto markings. After the creation of the American Quarter Horse Association, which focused on solid colors, in 1940, breeders wanted to preserve the more colorful horses produced from quarter horses. As a...

Northern Dwarf Siren Pseudobranchus striatus
2014-02-06 09:37:09

The Northern dwarf siren (Pseudobranchus striatus) is a salamander species and a member of the Sirenidae family. The Northern dwarf siren is native to the southeastern United States, ranging throughout Florida and in southern Georgia and South Carolina. The species inhabits aquatic environments, typically ponds, ditches, swamps and marshes. The Northern dwarf siren is the smallest of the...

Waitoreke
2014-02-05 16:37:44

The Waitoreke is a cryptid from New Zealand described as being otter-like. Its name derived from “Wai” is a Maori word for water. The rest of the word has different translations, but the common one is “toreke,” which means to disappear. Together the name could translate into “disappears into water” or another translation is a “disappearing water specter.” The usual...

The Axolotl Ambystoma mexicanum
2014-02-03 08:59:54

Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) may also be referred to as the Mexican salamander or the Mexican walking fish. The Axolotl is a member of the Ambystomatidae family and although its common name may suggest it is a fish, it is an amphibian. Axolotl are found exclusively in Mexico. The species situates, near Mexico City, on the bottom of Xochimilco’s lakes. Unlike most salamanders, Axolotl keep...

Shunka Warakin
2014-01-30 14:32:04

Shunka Warakin is creature from American folklore resembling a wolf, a hyena, or both. It has been suggested by cryptozoologist Loren Coleman that the creature was unknown to modern sources and its name translates to “carries off dogs.” In 1986, Israel Ammon Hutchins shot an animal on a Montana ranch. Coleman suggests that it was an example of the Shunka Warakin. It was stuffed and put...

Wampus Cat
2014-01-28 15:10:48

The Wampus cat comes from American folklore as a variation of a fierce cougar. It also is compared to the Ewah of Cherokee mythology. In the myth a woman covers herself with the skin of a cougar and spies on the men of the tribe. While the men are telling sacred stories around a fire, she is caught and turned into a half-woman, half-cat by the tribe’s medicine man. The Wampus cat...

The Yellow-striped Caecilian Ichthyophis beddomei
2014-01-28 12:46:46

The Yellow-striped caecilian (Ichthyophis beddomei) is an amphibian species and a member of the Ichthyophiidae family. It may also be referred to as Beddome’s caecilian. The species is native to Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The Yellow-striped caecilian inhabits forest, marshes, scrub, agricultural land and gardens. This amphibian spends most...

The Mexican burrowing caecilian Dermophis mexicanus
2014-01-28 10:29:33

The Mexican burrowing caecilian (Dermophis mexicanus) is an amphibian species from the family Dermophiidae. The Mexican burrowing caecilian is known to inhabit Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and also in some secluded areas of the Pacific Slope. It tends to prefer habitats in subtropical or tropical dry forests, moist lowland forests, plantations, moist mountain forests,...

The Lesser Siren Siren intermedia
2014-01-28 10:07:09

The Lesser siren (Siren intermedia) is a salamander species and a member of the Sirenidae family. The species is native to the eastern United States and northern Mexico, ranging from Virginia to Florida, west to Texas and Mexico and north to Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Common names include: the Two-legged eel, the Dwarf siren and the Mud eel. The Lesser siren inhabits ponds, lakes,...

Western Demoiselle Calopteryx xanthostoma
2014-01-22 11:52:55

The western demoiselle (Calopteryx xanthostoma), also known as the yellow-tailed demoiselle, is a species of damselfly that can be found in southwestern areas of Europe. Its range includes the Iberian Peninsula and France. It prefers to reside near fast flowing waters in open or slightly shaded areas, but can also be found near slow moving larger bodies of water like lowland rivers. It is...

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  • A member of the swell-mob; a genteelly clad pickpocket. Sometimes mobsman.
Use of the word 'swell-mobsman' dates at least to the early 1800s.