6 Rare Species You Want to Read About

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Learn about the 6 rare species of 2012!

Submitted: July 27, 2012

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Six Rare Species You Want to Read About

Now before we get started let me tell you a little of what’s ahead.

Since these are rare species, there is not much documented information on certain ones.

So therefore, this will not be a long blog, but will be very informative about the species described.

Enjoy.

Rhinopithecus strykeri

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The first on our list is the Rhinopithecus strykeri, which is commonly known as the Sneezing Monkey. (Gesundheit!) 
There are about 260-330 of these sneezing monkeys and are the first reported to have a snub nose. They are commonly found in Myanmar and are believed to be in critical endangerment. These little guys are known for sneezing (as you can tell by their common name). This was the way they were originally found by scientist wanting more information on them. These scientist had traveling to Myanmar and spoke to natives there. Everyone told them that they are often easier to find when it rains. Then all you have to do is listen for sneezing coming from the trees. (how funny is that!?). These monkeys usually try very hard to prevent the rain droplets from entering their nose. They often put their head down and in between their legs while sitting until the rain stops. This doesn’t always work though (sad face). In the summer time, they often like to stay in upper altitudes in the trees. Then when the winter time comes they descend so they can avoid the snow. These are highly interesting monkeys, which I would love to hear more about. Though information is highly limited.

Tamoya Ohboya

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The second on our list is the Tamoya Ohboya, also known as the Bonaire Banded Box Jelly. Highly beautiful, but venomous. The Tamoya are considered to be a box shaped jelly fish with distinctive brown/red and white banded tentacles. They also have dense nematocyst warts, which are like little capsules containing hollow coiled thread which can be everted to sting or paralyze a prey.When disturbed, it can quickly shoot these threads towards enemies. (Don’t worry they are not highly toxic to humans, but will cause severe pain and skin irritation).

When eating, the Tamoya has been known to be more active during the day. Even with a deep stomach, they eat one prey at a time.

The distribution of these species are unknown, but have been in sighted shallow water near the caribbean. Not much can be told about these boxed jellyfish, even their life cycle has little to no details.

Oh Boy, they sure are spectacular though! Want to watch it swim ? Click Here

Pterinopelma sazimai

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This beautiful tarantula is known as Sazima’s, but it’s scientific name is the Pterinopelma sazimai. They were named in honor of Dr. Ivan Sazima, whom was a zoologist and was the first to collect samples of the species. He discovered them in the remote and mountainous areas of Brazil. Their coloring is magnificent, but there is a catch. Ladies, if you were a Sazima’s Tarantula, this is what you would look like! Only the female Sazmai have the coating of iridescent blue hair. The males on the other hand are usually just browns and greys (boring).

Personally, I hate spiders. Yet, for some reason tarantulas are fascinating to me and I tolerate them. As long as they are contained in a container of some kind. According to the facts they do know, these spiders are harmless to us (woohoo!), unless of course disturbed (don’t want to know what happens then).

Kollasmosoma sentum

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Now this wasp, the Kollasmosoma Sentum, is highly interesting. They like to call it the bombing wasp. Why you may ask? Well these little ( and I mean LITTLE) guys will fly about 1 centimeter above the ground in search of its target. By the way the target is the Cataglyphis Ibericus, which is a working ant. Once the target (host) is found, this wasp will attack like a dive bomber and quickly deposit an egg. This then transforms the little ant into rations for larvae of the wasps. This all happens in about .052 seconds and are deadly. If the ants however become aware of the air raid, they will try to wave away the wasps with their legs.

If you are up to it, watch how they attack their targets! Click Here

Crurifarcimen vagans

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Okay everyone, I’m going to get through this one fast because I absolutely am disgusted by these things and they picture completely creeps me out! These sausage sized millipedes are scientifically known as the Crurifarcimen Vagans, but commonly known as “Wandering Leg Sausage”. These guys have 56 odous rings and each ring has two pairs of legs. They are often found in the Eastern and Western Usambara mountain forest. Elevation of 940-1800 meters in decaying wood is their comfort spot. Yes, they are the size of a sausage, their length is about 6.3 inches long. (ew).

Moving on!

Halicephalobus mephisto

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Last on our list today is the Halicephalobus mephisto, also known as “Devil’s Worm”. These little guys measure at about .5mm in length. They are known and are remarkable for surviving immense underground pressure. As well as high temperatures around 98.6 degrees fahrenheit. Are also considered the deepest living multicellular organism. The water where the species live have not been in contact with earth’s atmosphere for the last 4,000-6,000 years. (whoa!).

Ending Remarks

Well that about does it. Those were the 6 rare species you may or may have not heard of! Come back again in August to see a new blog about rare 6 species!

 

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