By Ross Piper
Animals have existed in the world for plenty of thousands of thousands of years. In that point they've got advanced right into a nice number of types, exploiting approximately each habitat the planet has to supply. at the hours of darkness depths of the oceans, within the doubtless inhospitable Polar areas, within the driest deserts, even in the our bodies of different animals, there are animal species that experience built designated and striking technique of surviving and thriving. Extraordinary Animals: An Encyclopedia of Curious and strange Animals is an exploration of these contributors of the animal state who own unusual and weird diversifications that permit them to outlive within the so much severe environments, or whose complicated lives can basically be stated to be bewildering. From the tar-baby termite to the blue whale, from the harpy eagle to the bare mole rat, those species mirror the really vast spectrum of existence, exhibiting simply how assorted the animal state is.
Extraordinary Animals has been completely researched for clinical accuracy, yet is accessibly written in daily language.
Each access features a description of the animal, an evidence of its bizarre habit, different fascinating clinical and trivial proof, and black and white illustrations. moreover, a enjoyable and interactive cross glance part encourages readers to move search for the animals within the outdoor world.
"Stories approximately attention-grabbing animals are nice instruments for whetting the urge for food for wisdom. lecturers and oldsters will locate many solid stories for achieving young children, together with principles approximately the best way to research extra by means of going out and observing."
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"Ross Piper has written this publication in actual fact and for everybody to learn and it's good laid out. One doesn't desire a measure in zoology to benefit from the descriptions and clients can dip into it and know about particular species with no need to learn the booklet from cover-to-cover. it's also attention-grabbing that one of many entries is for the very striking animal - Humans!"
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The abdomen of the sexually mature females is swollen with ovaries and eggs. Where does it live? This ﬂy is found only on the northern tip of New Zealand’s North Island and only in association with the short-tailed bat, which lives in hollow trees. STRENGTH IN NUMBERS A Fly that Does Not Fly Bats the world over are coveted by a variety of freeloaders. One group of animals in particular has been very successful in exploiting these small nocturnal mammals. Numerous ﬂy species, commonly known as bat-ﬂies, live on bats, typically sucking their blood with piercing mouthparts.
Rapidly, the ﬁsh sucks water into its very elastic stomach. The stomach keeps swelling until it takes up most of the ﬁsh’s body, and it keeps on distending until the whole ﬁsh starts to inﬂate. As the body grows, the spines on its surface become erect, until the ﬁsh looks like a huge, spiky ball. To the hopeful predator, what once appeared to be a tasty snack now looks pretty intimidating. Sometimes, a predator’s lunge may be very rapid, and the balloon ﬁsh may not have time to inﬂate itself and ward the danger oﬀ.
In Times of Danger Inﬂate Yourself The balloon ﬁsh, with its spiky body and blotched coloration, is a handsome inhabitant of the warm, coastal waters of the tropics. It is a nocturnal hunter, preferring to spend the day secreted in crevices or small caves. When night falls, the ﬁsh leaves its daytime refuge to begin its prowling, closely hugging the coral or rock of its home and only rarely venturing into more open water. The underwater performance of the balloon ﬁsh is far from electrifying. The little ﬁns and weak tail provide good stability but limited power.