The Ugly Animals: We Can't All Be Pandas (Ugly Animal Perservation Society)
60 of the world's ugliest and most endangered animals
This collection of 60 of the world’s most ugly (and endangered) animals, features rare imagery and explanatory text. The author is a high-profile biologist but also a stand-up comedian, and the text combines expert research with a light tone.
the earth’s plates. This split was entirely down to the natural process of plate tectonics and nothing to do with artistic differences. As the continents fidgeted their way across the globe, they took the species that made their homes on them along for the ride; the closest relatives of the purple frog are four tiny frog species that were found in the Seychelles. It is thought that these two amphibian lineages diverged from a common ancestor that inhabited Gondwana prior to the break-up of this
to Taiwan. The head is small with tiny, short-sighted eyes; it relies mostly on a strong sense of smell to find its food and can detect the presence of a termite or ant colony from hundreds of metres away. It uses its claws, which can be up to 5cm long, to tear through soil that can be as hard as concrete and break its way into termite and ant nests. While feeding at the heart of the hive, it protects itself from the retaliating swarm by closing its ears and nostrils. It then flicks at its food
and unfortunately are, perhaps, doomed for very similar reasons. As the numbers of caviar- creating sturgeon have fallen, people have turned to paddlefish roe as a substitute, leading to the overexploitation of this species too. On top of being hunted for sport and for their roe, their numbers are also shrinking as a result of interference with their natural habitat, as river systems are altered 164 through damming, sedimentation, competition from introduced species. pollution and The only
over the last 400 million years and is thought to represent the missing link between arthropods (a group that includes 22 insects and spiders) and annelids (commonly known as segmented worms). There are thought to be about 180 members of the group in total. They are famous among biologists for their unorthodox sex lives and peculiar method of hunting. Most give birth to live young rather than laying eggs externally, and in most cases the fertilisation is also internal. For this, some species
instant. It will eat anything that fits inside its big mouth and, with a beak so broad, it has a great range of prey including fish, amphibians, water snakes, lizards, turtles, rats, young waterfowl and even young crocodiles. Although widespread throughout central Africa, the shoebill is considered uncommon and vulnerable. The small population is declining due to habitat destruction and degradation, nest disturbance, increased hunting levels and capture for the bird trade. In many areas, the