Monday, 3 October 2011

Animals Tricksters

Animals are very shrewd when it comes to their survival for dear life. Some of the best animal evolution groomed to perfection imitation leaves. Not only confuse people, but all of them as predators to their prey. Look at those who are cheaters approach.

Tubenose Bat

Twisted leaves mimickig tubenose bat.

leaf mimickig tubenose batlink

Kuranda's Bat Rescue is an amazing sanctuary for Australia bats, fruit bats, flying foxes, etc. The bats absolutely /adore/ the people who run it. I highly recommend a visit. They do Good Work, and the bats are incredible.

leaf mimickig tubenose bat 01link

The eastern or Queensland tube-nosed bat (Nyctimene robinsoni) is a megabat in the family Pteropodidae that lives in north-eastern Australia. N. robinsoni is one of the few species in Pteropodidae that roosts solitarily. They get their common name from their raised tubular nostrils which is unlike most other species in the family. They are a deep brown with gray heads and sparse yellow spotting.

Leaf Fish

Believe it or not these are all the fish in different colors, not the leaves.

leaf mimickig fishlink

South American Leaf Fishlink

Leaffishes are small freshwater fishes of the Polycentridae family, from South America.

They usually have large heads, cryptic colors and very large protractile mouths. Those features, along with their peculiar movements help them to catch fairly large prey for the size of their bodies, including small fish, aquatic insects and other invertebrates.

Their odd leaf-like appearance make them interesting fishes for aquarium hobbyists. That is likely because of their unique lifestyle, hanging around in the upper story of the tank imitating the leaves that commonly fall in temperate rivers were it typically lives.

Leaf Fish 01


They are extremely agile hunters, capable of consuming prey within a quarter of a second.

 Leaf Mimic Matis

leaf mimicking mantislink

This species of praying mantis is always brown, but the shade of brown may vary between individuals. Their brown color is not solid all over, but it has dark and light spots to mimic a dead leaf. On their back they have a huge shield (prothorax), making it look even more like a dead leaf. This feature can be seen almost all species in the Deroplatys genus.
This is one of the largest species of cryptic mantis kept in captivity successfully.

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leaf mimic matis amazinglink

They are about as big as the commonly kept species (Sphodromantis, Hierodula) but are very well camouflaged. Females are about 9 cm long, the males are a bit smaller with their 7 or 8 cm. Males have a small shield on their prothorax and their body is not as wide as that of the females.

Leaf mimic frog

Leaf mimic froglink

This is a leaf mimic frog we spotted along the trail. His coloration makes it look just like the leaves on the forest floor.  This one is a baby.

Leaf mimic frog 01link

mimic leaf froglink

An incredible list form of frogs, which is almost invisible in the woods. For its finding really need to wear glasses.

Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko

Satanic leaf tailed geckos 01link

Satanic leaf tailed geckos have shades of tan, brown, gray, and green . They have ripples in their skin and have tails that look like leaves making them rater difficult to distinguish from a small pile of leaves. Leaf tailed geckos are four to six inches long. The life span of these geckos in the wild is three to five years.

satanic geckolink

Satanic Leaf Tailed Geckolink

The Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko, is a species of gecko endemic to the island of Madagascar. First described in 1888 by George Albert Boulenger, U. phantasticus is the smallest in body of the Uroplatus geckos, though there is an ongoing debate as to whether one of its cousins, U. ebenaui, is smaller because of its shorter tail. It may also be known as the eyelash leaf tailed gecko or the fantastic leaf tailed gecko.

Satanic Leaf Tailed Geck 02link

Its specific name phantasticus is the Latin word for "imaginary" based upon the gecko's unique appearance which led Belgian naturalist George Albert Boulenger, to describe it as “mythical” in 1888.

Leaf Mimicking Katydid

Leaf Mimicking Katydid 01link

The family Tettigoniidae, known in American English as katydids and in British English as bush-crickets, contains more than 6,400 species. It is part of the suborder Ensifera and the only family in the superfamily Tettigonioidea. They are also known as long-horned grasshoppers, although they are more closely related to crickets and weta than to grasshoppers. Many tettigoniids exhibit mimicry and camouflage, commonly with shapes and colors similar to leaves.

Leaf mimicking Katydidlink

Leaf mimicking katydidlink

The diet of tettigoniids includes leaves, flowers, bark, and seeds, but many species are exclusively predatory, feeding on other insects, snails or even small vertebrates such as snakes and lizards. Some are also considered pests by commercial crop growers and are sprayed to limit growth. Large tettigoniids can inflict a painful bite or pinch if handled but seldom break the skin.

Leaf-Mimic Butterfly

Leaf-Mimic Butterflylink

This butterfly displays one of the best examples of camouflage known to science, and one of the most obvious examples of Divine design.  It is perfectly designed to mimic an unappetizing dead leaf, from the tatters in the brown wings to the way it sways in the breeze.  If it weren’t for the thin legs and antennae, this animal would be impossible to spot among the leaves of the forest.

leaf mimicking butterflylink

Leaf-Mimic Butterfly Investigating An Animal Behavior Researcherlink

Wild leaf-mimic butterfly exploring a researcher's hand in the Amazon rainforest - Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Not only is this insect almost invisible to predators, but also gifted with great speed and agility.  If disturbed, it can fly away at speeds over 20 miles per hour into the trees.  God gave the Leaf-Mimic Butterfly this wide range of concealing and evasive designs so it can pollinate the tropical plant life in relative peace and safety.

Scorpion Spider (Arachnura angura )

Leaf Mimicking Spider 05link

Scorpion spider (Arachnura angura ) Family - Araneidae These spiders mimic litter, like twigs or dead leaves. common names are tailed spider, scorpion-tailed spider and scorpion spider. They do curl up their tail when disturbed, but this tail is completely harmless.

Scorpion spider (Arachnura angura )link

leaf mimicking Spider - Copylink

Females are between 1 and 3 cm long, males reach only 2 mm and are tailless. From a distance, this 7mm spider looks just like a dead leaf hanging in from a web.The interesting thing is- if we blow some air to the web it is sticking into, it will even oscillate like a dead leaf sticking to a web..! Nature is amazing...

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