Crazy names for 11 odd critters...

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1. Wunderpus – octopus

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Wunderpus photogenicus to give it its Latin monicker, is a rare and colourful species. Possible BFF of the Dumbo octopus Grimpoteuthis?

 

2. Lumpsucker – aquatic vertebrate

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It’s a fish, not an insult.

 

3. Goblin and tasseled wobbegon – sharks

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The goblin is described as pinkish grey to bubblegum pink in colour. And the wobbegon, meaning ‘shaggy beard’ is a carpet shark, so called because it lives on the ocean bed. Not under beds…

 

4. Strange-tailed tyrant – bird

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Just a funny little feathered friend. Not mad, bad or dangerous to know.

 

 

5. Pink fairy and its pal the screaming hairy – armadillos

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Strange enough creatures, without the name calling. No wonder the poor things curl up into a ball.

 

 

6. Raspberry crazy ant – small, social insect

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Named for the exterminator Tom Raspberry, who first noticed them in 2002. Not to be confused with the cream crackers bee…

 

7. Leafy seadragon – cute marine creature

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Not big, not scary – and most likely to be found blowing bubbles, not breathing fire.

 

8. Satanic leaf-tailed gecko – terrestrial lizard

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Aka Uroplatus phantasticas, this is a perfectly charming little gecko, who you could take to tea with the vicar any Sunday.

 

9. Pleasing fungus beetles – winged insects

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Oh, they’re just lovely!

 

10. Hellbender – salamander

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A species of aquatic giant salamander known for its solitary ways. Its friends also call it snot otter, devil dog, mud-devil, and mud dog. Can see why it’s solitary.