Sunday, May 25, 2014

Meet Two of the New 2014 species.

Francisco De Jesùs.



Olinguito


The appealing olinguito, resembling a cross between a slinky cat and a wide-eyed teddy bear, lives secretively in cloud forests of the Andes mountains in Colombia and Ecuador.


Domed Land Snail

Living in complete darkness nearly 3,000 feet below the surface in the Lukina Jama-Trojama caves of western Croatia is Zospeum tholussum, this land snail lacks eyes as they're not necessary in the total darkness of the caves, and it has no shell pigmentation giving it a ghost-like appearance. Only one living specimen was collected in a large cavern among rocks and sand with a small stream of running water nearby, however many shells were also found in the area.
Even by snail standards, Zospeum tholussummoves slowly, creeping only a few millimeters or centimeters a week. Researchers suspect these small snails, measuring only 0.08 inch in length, travel in water currents or hitchhike on other cave animals, such as bats or crickets, to travel longer distances.

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