Some are better known than others, and cause sensations of all kinds. They may seem charming, strange, ugly, pretty, fascinating or simply unusual. Similarly, many of them belong to endangered species but all of them without exception are rare, rare, rare. Or, what is the same, they will hardly leave you indifferent. Next, in Green Ecologist, we show you a small list of the rarest animals in the world, as peculiar as it is puzzling. And it is that nature does not stop surprising us!
Chromodoris lochi is a type of nudibranch mollusk, belonging to the Chromodorididae family, of a sky blue color that can vary from one specimen to another, until it becomes almost white. Also, as can be seen in the image, the mantle is bordered by continuous or intermittent dark lines. The result is truly spectacular.
They do not have eyes, although they use two tentacles to analyze the environment through contact, in addition to being able to detect lights or shadows. Finally, this mollusk, barely 6 centimeters long, feeds on sponges that inhabit corals and defends itself against possible predators by warning them of its toxicity with its intense colors.
The proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus) is another surprising specimen. As Quevedo would say, once upon a primate stuck to a nose, on the other hand autochthonous of the Borneo forests. On this occasion, in addition to being large, it is elongated, and we can see this appendix in all its splendor in adult males.
In fact, these dimensions have a utility, specifically to increase its attractiveness. Specifically, the acceptance of females, although it is also a mechanism to combat the excess body heat of these arboreal animals.
They also manage to do it by bathing they are good swimmers. It is a species in danger of extinction, that the human being has put and continues putting against the ropes. As so often happens, hunting and the loss of its habitat.
The water bear is a tardigrade, an animal species of the ecdysozoa family. They are microscopic invertebrates, barely 0.5 millimeters in size when they become adults, since before they were only 0.05 millimeters long. Beyond its strange appearance, it is gaining popularity for its resistance even in extreme conditions.
The Vu Quang or Saola ox is a very beautiful species, showing that rarity is not incompatible with beauty. In this case, the Asian Unicorn, the name by which this mammal that lives in the Vietnam mountains that lives in small groups to protect themselves from predators and to find food. Currently, it is in serious danger of extinction.
The star-nosed mole or bermudez mole (Condylura cristata) is a species of soricomorphic mammal of the family of the Talpidae. Seeing it is not being able to stop looking at it, looking for where the trick is or, without going any further, the head that should accompany that body and such developed claws.
Have it, it does, but not in a conventional way. Measuring 20 centimeters long and weighing around 56 grams, this extremely rare animal has around 22 sensitive tentacles at the end of its snout, ideal for capturing insects.
The bottom of the sea holds many secrets, no doubt, but it is hard to imagine that one of them is that funny, and even nice. Like something out of a Disney cartoon, this cephalopod of the species Rossia pacifica, baptized as Squid Squid likes to hide under the sand and measures around 11 centimeters. His expressive eyes and his overall appearance is indescribable.
This fish known as the goblin shark inhabits many oceans, but is little known because lives in deep waters and, therefore, there are still many unknowns surrounding him. As a species (Mitsukurina owstoni) it was discovered off the coast of Yokohama, Japan, in 1998.
The fisherman who found it named it tenguzame, which is Japanese for goblin shark. It has the peculiarity of change color out of water, actually being white. It measures between 2 and 6 meters and can reach a whopping 700 kilograms.
The blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus) is a species of scorpion fish that for many it has earned the title of ugliest animal on its own merits. But not only that, because being so weird, weird, extremely rare and having that sad air has made him differentiate himself from the rest, to the point of having caught the attention of the Society for the Preservation of Animals.
This NGO tries to protect it from extinction by spreading its viral image in order to raise awareness and raise funds to do so. Its jelly-like appearance, on the other hand, is due to your body's need to overcome the extreme pressure of deep waters.
The appearance of the Malayan bear (Helarctos malayanus) can be considered normal as long as it does not open its mouth. It is then when we discover, oh surprise!, That their language is one of those that they talk about.
A tongue that rather it looks like the thread of a yo-yo makes it clear to what extent the bonelessness of this bear that lives in the tropical forests of Sumatra, Borneo, Indochina, Malacca or Burma is noteworthy. Curiously, the size of the animal is small, and also record-breaking, because it is the smallest bear in the world.
Logically, leaving aside bears like the water bear, whose name is a simple coincidence. By the way, that long tongue has a reason, and this is none other than facilitating its owner's feeding, since it allows him to feed on honey and insects.
Finally, beyond the visual oddity, it is important to take into account another type of irregularity, this time related to evolutionary differentiation. It is a concept that tells us about genetic information that, if lost due to the extinction of the species, would mean a definitive loss when it comes to evolutionarily unique animals. This is the case of the aardvark, ostrich, nightjar, podargos, picozapat or, for example, the South American guácharo. According to a Yale University study published in Current Biology (2014), protecting these species should be a priority.
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