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The Horsehead Grasshopper is from Western South America, more specifically the jungles of Ecuador and Peru.

Horse head grasshopper 7 by macrojunkie on deviantART

Etruscan Shrew - Smallest mammal on Earth by weight (.06 oz, the same as a dime), 1.5" long (not counting tail).

Etruscan Shrews Will Blow Your Mind - The Featured Creature

Opossum and armadillo. Field book of North American mammals New York,G. P. Putnam's Sons,1928. Biodiversitylibrary. Biodivlibrary. BHL. Biodiversity Heritage Library.

Helmet Urchins, or Shingle Urchins and in Hawaiian are called kaupali which translates to "cliff hanging." These urchins are found in the harsh intertidal zone of the volcanic shores of Hawaii.

Break a sponge in half, and two grow. More than a colony, less vulnerable than a tissue-based creature. Human societies could learn a lesson from the lowly sponge. Tube Sponge (Aplysina fistularis).

Peacock Flounder, master of camouflage.

Silversides-wall of fish

One of the earliest publications featuring an illustration of the platypus was George Edwards' 1835 book: 'Notes on the Natural History and Habits of the Ornithorhynchus paradoxus"

An adult female fossa (Crytoprocta ferox) stalks prey on the floor of the Kirindy Forest in western Madagascar

  • Renee Pieschke

    There used to be a fossa at Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown. That fella was so cool. I think he got moved to another zoo.

  • Joel Carlin

    I wonder if he didnt play well with others...? ;)

  • Renee Pieschke

    Or maybe he is part of a breeding on captivity program

Animal Earth: New Photos Exploring the Diversity of the Worlds Most Obscure Species science nature macro

Cookie Cutter Shark!: Takes perfect circular pieces of flesh from mostly apex predators. This little guy cuts out his food so fast you can barely see him in time to understand what's going on! Only one human has ever been reported to be attacked by one: a surfer.

I love this painting. But it took me awhile to notice the one out of place member... ;)