Even people who have traveled the world over can still see wonders that surprise them. Dedicated animal enthusiasts don’t know all of the animal species that have been identified. Here are a few species that may surprise you.

Red-lipped Batfish

This fish is found in an intriguing environment, the Galapagos Islands. It is a horrible swimmer.The weird looking pectoral fins are used to navigate on the ocean bottom. The red-lipped batfish is anything but ordinary, cuddly, or cute.

It likes to fool its prey into coming close. A shiny ‘lure’ projects from the head that attracts small animals like shrimp, mollusks, and crabs.

Panda Ant

The panda ant is actually a member of a wasp species. The wingless female of the species resembles a giant, hairy ant. They have an extremely painful sting.

The name, panda ant, is due to the hair coloration that resembles the giant Chinese panda. It is an elusive creature found along the central coastline of Chile.

The sting is believed to be harmful enough to subdue a full-grown cow. Some people refer to it as the cow killer. Males resemble the females and are hard to distinguish unless they are mating. The male is larger than the female. He carries the female aloft when they mate.

Saiga Antelope

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Saiga antelope are found around the Eurasian steppe. They have a nose structure that is flexible, over-sized, and extremely unusual.

The saiga antelope are among the most ancient animals. Woolly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers once shared the Earth with these creatures. Saiga antelope have survived in a land of extreme and harsh weather conditions.

They are currently on the Red List of Threatened Species due to gangs of poachers who use all-terrain vehicles and automatic weapons. The horns are exported to be used as Asian medicine. The animals are also a source of meat.

Thorny Dragon

This spiky lizard presents its predators a ‘false’ head by dipping the actual one. The desert brown shades of color are used as camouflage. Their gourmet specialty is ants. They consume thousands of tiny, black ants each day.

The thorny dragon is a sit-and-wait predator. It will locate a feeding site close to ant trails and prey on ants as they pass in front of it. They have sticky tongues that aid in ant capture. Modified teeth in the mouth create a shearing tool that it uses to deal with the chitinous, hard bodies of the ants.


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