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Animals I didn’t know existed!

Welcome to AIDKE - Animals I Didn't Know Existed!

Reddit's digital zoo for the weirdest, wildest, most interesting and mysterious animals on the web.

We hope to meet and learn about as many cool critters as possible!

RULES:

  1. Post titles MUST include "scientific name: genus species". This is to ensure the animal is correctly identified so we can find out more about it!

  2. Posts must be a photo or video of animals. As cool as plants, fungi, and the other kingdoms can be, we're here for the kingdom of animals. Please try to include photographer/videographer or source of media in a comment on your post - this is appreciated but not mandatory. No illustrations or animations.

  3. Search before posting. Eponymous with our name, this is for animals "I" didn't know existed. If it's been posted here before, "I" know about it. We prefer new and interesting content.

  4. No blood or animals being munched on. We prefer pictures of living animals, but make exceptions for high quality, whole preservations.

  5. If you have or know of a blog, podcast, etc. specifially related to rare or unusual animals and would like to post it, please message the mods and we will review it.

  6. Be civil. It may be the "law of the jungle" out in the wild, but we're a community of animal lovers. No name calling, belittling, or bickering.

  7. No religion or politics. While there can be intersection between animals, environmental policies, and scriptures we're just here for the animals.

  8. No selling or marketing. We appreciate that you may own or know of a business where people can see or purchase animals. However, vetting businesses for ethical anmial acquisition and treatment is beyond the scope of our moderation team.

If your post or comment has been removed and you believe this was an error, feel free to message the mods. We are willing to work with you to meet our posting and commenting guidelines.

If you see a post or comment which breaks the rules, please use the report button. The mod team does its best but we can't be everywhere at once. We depend on you to help keep this sub an interesting and welcoming place to visit.

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Fanfin Angler (Caulophryne jordani)

3 Comments
2024/05/23
16:23 UTC

190

The "Spaghetti Monster" siphonophore, Bathyphysa Conifera, a relative of the Portuguese Man'O'War

9 Comments
2024/05/22
16:14 UTC

365

The Goliath Birdeater (Theraphosa blondi) is the world's largest spider!

44 Comments
2024/05/20
19:23 UTC

304

The Planigale

Genus of small marsupials I never knew existed

8 Comments
2024/05/20
10:12 UTC

109

Razorfish (Aeoliscus strigatus) also known as Shrimpfish, is a close relative to the Seahorse and Pipefish groups. It's believed the Razorfish swims vertically so it can hunt among Sea Urchin spines.

3 Comments
2024/05/17
16:51 UTC

234

🔥Knob-billed duck (Sarkidiornis melanotos) in flight. From Sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, and Indochina.

11 Comments
2024/05/17
15:49 UTC

204

The Pom Pom Crab (Lybia edmondsoni) spars with pieces of poisonous anemone (Triactis producta) in its' claws. This behavior allows them to hunt, spar with competitors, and keep predators away.

11 Comments
2024/05/16
17:21 UTC

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Cyanobacteria A.K.A Blue-Green Algae with a cameo of a Loxophyllum meleagris

0 Comments
2024/05/16
08:08 UTC

122

The Dragon-headed Caterpillar (Polyura subgenus)

1 Comment
2024/05/15
22:21 UTC

37

The Nicobar Pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica) is the closest living relative of the Dodo Bird

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The Nicobar Pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica) is the closest living relative of the Dodo Bird (Raphus cucullatus). Not only is it the closest living relative, but the Nicobar Pigeon is also the last surviving member of the Caloenas genus, which consists of the extinct Kanaka Pigeon and the Spotted Green Pigeon.

This unique little critter can be found fluttering through the vibrant tropical trees of the Adaman and Nicobar Islands, searching for fruit, seeds, and insects. Besides its' stunning plumage and unique evolutionary history, the Nicobar Pigeon is just like your ordinary neighborhood pigeon.

1 Comment
2024/05/14
22:25 UTC

107

The Pacific Geoduck Clam (Panopea generosa)

The Pacific Geoduck Clam (Panopea generosa) is a species of large saltwater clam that can live up to 170 years old. Some of the oldest individuals are 180! It's believed their long lifespan is attributed to a low number of natural predators, although starfish and sea otters eat them on occasion.

It is native to the North Pacific Ocean, extending from the West coast of Alaska down to California. The shell of the clam is 15-20 inches long on average, while the "neck" of the clam can be over 3 feet long. Some of the largest and heaviest individuals are 15 lbs and have a neck length of 6 ft.

The Geoduck's neck is used to suck water into its' siphon. Plankton is filtered into the stomach, while the remaining water is pushed back out out of the siphon, in an act known as "squirting".

Yes, this is a real animal.

10 Comments
2024/05/14
19:05 UTC

244

Pampas Cat (Leopardus colocolo) a unique little predator endemic to South America

4 Comments
2024/05/14
16:28 UTC

169

[META]Can somebody ban u/Full-Personality-169?

This spam bot has been plastering the sub with taxonomy text walls.

Any person with even an inkling of knowledge on taxonomy can see that the content of said text walls are absurd and unfounded.

Edit: Unfortunately, despite multiple reports by many users, the mods aren’t responding.

19 Comments
2024/05/14
02:09 UTC

148

The Bolas Spiders (genus: Araneidae): a group of nocturnal spiders that capture moths with a bolas

8 Comments
2024/05/13
22:14 UTC

85

Iridescent Shield-tailed Snake (Melanophidium bilineatum) belonging to the Uropeltidae family

Also known as the Two-lined Black Shield-tail.

The Iridescent Shield-tailed snake is between 25 and 50 cm (10 and 20 inches) in length, but can reach a maximum length of 90 cm (35 in.).

It can be found in Wayanad, which is situated in the Western Ghats in Southern India. Usually this species can be found at the summit of Periya Peak at an elevation of 5,000 feet, and a similar elevation at Tirrhioot Peak.

Shield-tails, including the Iridescent Shield-tail, have their name due to the large scale at the end of their tail. This large scale looks like a shield, and in some species, they may even have ridges or spines for extra protection.

1 Comment
2024/05/13
21:01 UTC

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The slender sunfish (Ranzania laevis) is the smallest member of the ocean sunfish family (Molidae).

9 Comments
2024/05/13
06:08 UTC

435

The elusive Sandfish Skink (Scincus Scincus)! These camouflaged burrowing experts live In the Middle East and North Africa. They travel at night by what's called 'subsurface swimming' by wriggling side to side to create waves that propel themselves forward.

13 Comments
2024/05/12
19:12 UTC

72

Duiker with a yellow back (Cephalophus silvicultor)

1 Comment
2024/05/11
05:46 UTC

74

Tawny Frogmouths

They say that to be plopped on by a bird means good luck. Well, my car was blessed all day by these two. It was a child and rainy day, and they stayed huddled in the same spot for hours.

0 Comments
2024/05/05
11:39 UTC

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The dik-dik antelope refers to 4 species of the genus Madoqua. This is the silver dik-dik (Madoqua piacentinii), the smallest of the genus, native to Somalia and Ethiopia. Full sized ranges from 4-6.5 pounds max. They have sharp hooves and mark their territory with their tears!

18 Comments
2024/04/29
20:32 UTC

101

A Flightless bird from New Caledonia

10 Comments
2024/04/26
03:16 UTC

5

ASIAN/JAPANESE GIANT HORNET (vespa mandarinia) ─ The Ruthless Bee Assassin!

0 Comments
2024/04/23
20:35 UTC

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