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Red-patch Epitolina Epitolina catori

Observer

dotun55

Date

April 25, 2015

Place

Lekki, Lagos (Google, OSM)

Description

Red-patch Epitolina on a branch, with larvae and ants.

Lekki Conservation Centre, Lagos.

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African Openbilled Stork Anastomus lamelligerus

Observer

dotun55

Date

June 21, 2015

Place

Iganmu, Lagos (Google, OSM)

Description

Hanging out with cattle egrets

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Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

Observer

dotun55

Date

June 21, 2015

Place

Iganmu, Lagos (Google, OSM)

Description

A bird sanctuary near a stream.

During the weekend, I went on a little adventure to access this congregation of birds living on trees beside a stream, as seen from over a bridge. The larger population (about 90%) of the birds are egrets. Several of them could be seen spread across the sky, flocking to this point from different locations. The smaller population of birds, as well as I could observe, constitute a cormorant-like birds. Big. Black. A far cry from the egret, the birds looked more impressive in size and color than I had previously imagined. A couple of them came on board as one or two fanned their broad wing(s) out to leave the refuge.

The location was noisy with loud, unrestricted squawking. Most birds were at rest. Others were active.

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Western Grey Plantain-eater Crinifer piscator

Observer

dotun55

Date

June 21, 2015

Place

Yaba, Lagos (Google, OSM)

Description

Grey-bodied bird with speckles on the neck. Has long wings with a white band spanning across. Beak is pointy, yellow. Has long tail feathers, and a low crest on the head. The species seems to be gregarious.

Mostly lives in large trees and nests on the top.

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Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus

Observer

dotun55

Date

June 21, 2015

Place

Iganmu, Lagos (Google, OSM)

Description

Long-legged, black-bodied, with head and wings partly black and partly white.

The pair in the first photo were feeding with other birds on a dirt heap. The birds in subsequent photos are on a construction site near a stream.

A later pair, the first encountered, began to call out loud when their territory was encroached their space. They soon took off, circling the airspace above their territory in an attempt I think is to ward off the threat. As far as I could see, there was no sign of a nest.

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Speckled Pigeon Columba guinea

Observer

dotun55

Date

June 9, 2015

Place

CMS, Lagos (Google, OSM)

Description

A group feeding on the embankment next to the lagoon.

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Genus Sempervivum

Observer

dotun55

Date

May 10, 2015

Place

Lagos, nigeria (Google, OSM)

Description

This fauna thriving on the fence was only a strand when I first observed it over a couple of months ago. Presently it is mature and grown into a small bushy cluster, with a replica only inches away.
Leaf surface is plain and pale green, while the rear has black linear markings. Leaf blade is serrated.
The leaves are succulent, something characteristic of aloes.

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Cormorants and Shags Genus Phalacrocorax

Observer

dotun55

Date

May 17, 2015

Place

University of Lagos, Lagos (Google, OSM)

Description

The white egrets are more skittish. The egret that was actually the motivation for this observation took off before I could say Jack... leaving me behind with the black :-)

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Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis

Observer

dotun55

Date

May 24, 2015

Place

Lagos, nigeria (Google, OSM)

Description

Has two eggs in a nest made on the outer window sill of the bedroom.
It is very protective of the eggs.

It fled the first time I approached for a photo. So I took a shot of only the eggs it had left behind. Desirous of a photo of mother and eggs, I waited long enough for it to return (10 mins+). My hand held the camera against netting like a trap. The dove first landed on the window itself, and then on the sill after momentarily inspecting the vicinity for 'foreign bodies'. Then it approached the nest cautiously. It became apprehensive when it discovered that I was still intruding from the other side of the net. But it did not flee this time. It would walk pause, bob its head up, down, right, left. Finally it found the courage to reach the nest and mount the eggs to continue its motherly role of incubation regardless of the breach of privacy. My presence was discomforting still so that the dove fluffed up its wings every now and then, making it appear larger than it really is. By this time, I'd had good photos to share. I let it be.

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Western Grey Plantain-eater Crinifer piscator

Observer

mariya5101

Date

May 16, 2014

Place

12.0001..., 8.51672... (Google, OSM)

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Spider

Observer

mariya5101

Date

October 11, 2014

Place

12.0001..., 8.51672... (Google, OSM)

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Atlantic Mudskipper Periophthalmus barbarus

Observer

dotun55

Date

May 17, 2015

Place

University of Lagos, Lagos (Google, OSM)

Description

All of the mudskippers at the lagoon front that I could get my camera on. Slimy, muscular-bodied and with bulging eyes. Methinks that they somewhat share facial resemblance with the hippos.

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True Crabs Infraorder Brachyura

Observer

dotun55

Date

May 17, 2015

Place

University of Lagos, Lagos (Google, OSM)

Description

This is one of the two species of crabs observed at the Lagoon Front in the University of Lagos. Their bright pink legs and grey bodies distinguishes them from the black species which live closer to the water, in the marshy area with the mud-skippers.

The pink-legged crabs live beyond the coastline, in the sandy area, which visibly has a lot of burrows. Both species are very evasive.

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Flamboyant Delonix regia

Observer

dotun55

Date

May 17, 2015

Place

University of Lagos, Lagos (Google, OSM)

Description

Large tree with red blossom

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Woodland Kingfisher Halcyon senegalensis

Observer

dotun55

Date

May 17, 2015

Place

Unilag, Lagos (Google, OSM)

Description

A pair of woodland kingfishers and their home, a burrow in a branch of a dead tree near the railing they are sitting.
I discovered the nest when one flew away towards the tree and disappeared when it got under the branch.

Hoping to get a more natural photo, I waited for it to surface. About two minutes. It was alarmed when it came out. I fled, very far off into a large leafy tree.

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Large Fairy Hairstreak Hypolycaena antifaunus

Observer

dotun55

Date

May 17, 2015

Place

University of Lagos, Lagos (Google, OSM)

Description

One basking. And a pair in copula on the lower branch.

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Gossamer-winged Butterflies Family Lycaenidae

Observer

dotun55

Date

May 17, 2015

Place

Unilag, Lagos (Google, OSM)

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Frogs and Toads Order Anura

Observer

dotun55

Date

April 13, 2015

Place

Imota, Lagos (Google, OSM)

Description

Found on the wall at night

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Flat-backed Toad Amietophrynus maculatus

Observer

dotun55

Date

July 10, 2013

Place

Woji, Port Harcourt (Google, OSM)

Description

Amplexus

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Frogs and Toads Order Anura

Observer

dotun55

Date

December 11, 2012

Place

Imota, Lagos (Google, OSM)

Description

Sticky webbed feet. Mottled skin. Attracted to light. On the passage wall at night.
This frog was probably going for the overhead light before I came along and took note of it. The handheld lamp which was used to lighten up the subject for a decent photograph was obviously a more convenient option. So it changed course and lept in the direction of my left hand.

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Genus Ptychadena

Observer

dotun55

Date

August 3, 2014 04:15 PM CET

Place

Elekahia, Port Harcourt (Google, OSM)

Description

This is not the first occasion where a frog would leap straight up as if to give me a hug (or a kiss). These night frogs seem to be drawn to point-light sources. And this interesting behavior has so far been witnessed near two ghost natal frog species. The first one found on a wall, following a slight bodily adjustment, made a bold move into the handheld LED illumination. Like it were a portal to a paradise only perceptible to them, these frogs make an ambitious leap for light. This one was observed on a grass field at night. I got out my camera to take photographs as soon as I had it in the spotlight. It sat calm up to till the moment it sprang high up in what I supposed was an escape move. But, on the contrary, it had aimed for the torch light directly above it. It made off when it failed to reach it.

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Lime Reed Frog Hyperolius fusciventris

Observer

dotun55

Date

March 22, 2014

Place

Imota, Lagos (Google, OSM)

Description

On a plant, early in the morning.

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Common Carp Cyprinus carpio

Observer

dotun55

Date

April 25, 2015

Place

Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria (Google, OSM)

Description

Colourful varieties of koi carp in a pond.

Lekki Conservation Centre, Lekki, Lagos.

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Dwarf Crocodile Osteolaemus tetraspis

Observer

dotun55

Date

April 25, 2015

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Found in one of the pools of murky water, what is left of a drought-stricken swamp forest that forms a larger area of the nature reserve.
Both are small-size crocs. No sign of larger ones in the vicinity. So there was the assumption that they were babies (until Jakob came around). They lay still like logs of wood jutting out of the water.

Lekki Conservation Centre, Lekki, Lagos

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Ornate Olympic Snake Psammophis praeornatus

Observer

kerejoo

Date

May 6, 2015

Place

Abuja (Google, OSM)

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Mona Monkey Cercopithecus mona

Observer

dotun55

Date

April 25, 2015

Place

Lekki, Lagos (Google, OSM)

Description

Lekki Conservation Centre, Lekki, Lagos.

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Giant African Mantis Sphodromantis viridis

Observer

dotun55

Date

April 12, 2015

Place

Ajah, Lagos (Google, OSM)

Description

On the trunk of a tree. When I entered its space, its body began to rock from side to side, as if blown by a gentle wind. I think this is a characteristic camouflage style employed by the mantis to confuse potential attackers. This way, it appeared like a leaf on the tree, though an oddly positioned one.

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Bridal veil stinkhorn Phallus indusiatus

Observer

dotun55

Date

November 2, 2013

Place

Imota, Lagos (Google, OSM)

Description

Fungi with a white lacy skirt growing in the middle of a field.

In Nigeria, the mushroom is one of several stinkhorns given the name Akufodewa by the Yoruba people. The name is derived from a combination of the Yoruba words ku ("die"), fun ("for"), ode ("hunter"), and wa ("search"), and refers to how the mushroom's stench can attract hunters who mistake its odour for that of a dead animal. The Yoruba have been reported to have used it as a component of a charm to make hunters less visible in times of danger. In other parts of Nigeria, they have been used in the preparation of harmful charms by ethnic groups such as the Urhobo and the Ibibio people. The Igbo people of east-central Nigeria called stinkhorns Ero-mma, from the Igbo words for "mushroom" and "devil".

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Ladybird bug Steganocerus multipunctatus

Observer

dotun55

Date

April 11, 2015

Place

Ajah, Lagos (Google, OSM)

Description

Rear view I managed to capture before it flew off. In the hot afternoon, it had been idling on a blade of elephant grass.

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Woodland Kingfisher Halcyon senegalensis

Observer

dotun55

Date

March 29, 2015

Place

Lekki, Lagos (Google, OSM)

Description

On the power line

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African Civet Civettictis civetta

Observer

ifypeters

Date

March 30, 2015 07:56 PM CET

Place

New Haven Avenue (Google, OSM)

Description

Long face, whiskers, sharp short teeth, short ears, four legs with claws, black thick fur with brown and white stripes on side and back. Long furry tail with white/brown markings.

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Zophopetes cerymica

Observer

dotun55

Date

January 1, 2015

Place

Woji, Port Harcourt (Google, OSM)

Description

Common Palm Nightfigher

Observed on the flowers at night.

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

Observer

dotun55

Date

February 13, 2015

Place

Imota, Lagos (Google, OSM)

Description

Brown moth with light brown patches on wings

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Blandings Tree Snake Toxicodryas blandingii

Observer

irethabotha

Date

February 19, 2015

Place

Ilesa, Nigeria (Google, OSM)

Description

This snake was killed by the time I came across it. Please identify.

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Old World Fruit Bats Family Pteropodidae

Observer

irethabotha

Date

February 2, 2012

Place

International Breweries Plc, Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria (Google, OSM)

Description

Dead bat . . .

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Skimmers Family Libellulidae

Observer

irethabotha

Date

the past

Place

International Breweries Plc, Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria (Google, OSM)

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Green-banded Swallowtail Papilio nireus

Observer

irethabotha

Date

July 22, 2014

Place

International Breweries Plc, Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria (Google, OSM)

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Darge’s Ceres Forester Euphaedra dargeana

Observer

irethabotha

Date

July 22, 2014

Place

International Breweries Plc, Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria (Google, OSM)

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African swallowtail Papilio dardanus

Observer

irethabotha

Date

July 21, 2014

Place

International Breweries Plc, Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria (Google, OSM)

Description

Mating

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African swallowtail Papilio dardanus

Observer

irethabotha

Date

July 21, 2014

Place

International Breweries Plc, Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria (Google, OSM)

Description

Beatiful white butterfly

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Something...

Observer

galanite665

Date

November 28, 2014 11:24 AM CET

Place

8.84021..., 7.92780... (Google, OSM)

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Lace Monitor Varanus varius

Observer

galanite665

Date

November 27, 2014 05:38 PM CET

Place

8.85207..., 7.88806... (Google, OSM)

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Life

Observer

galanite665

Date

November 27, 2014 05:36 PM CET

Place

8.85208..., 7.88806... (Google, OSM)

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Ladybird Beetles Family Coccinellidae

Observer

dotun55

Date

September 4, 2014

Place

Woji, Port Harcourt (Google, OSM)

Description

Housefly-Black ladybird relationship. On citrus tree.

The presence of the aphids on the tree is what actually attracted the ladybird to this habitat. Their larvae are known to check aphid population.

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Genus Podomachla

Observer

dotun55

Date

October 24, 2014

Place

Imota, Lagos, nigeria (Google, OSM)

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African weaver ant Oecophylla longinoda

Observer

dotun55

Date

March 28, 2014

Place

Imota, Lagos, nigeria (Google, OSM)

Description

Big ants with large, segmented abdomen hurdled on the under side of a leaf.

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Cockroaches Order Blattodea

Observer

dotun55

Date

April 23, 2014

Place

Imota, Lagos, nigeria (Google, OSM)

Description

It is peculiar for a cockroach to be coloured green. The normal colour is brown.

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Leaf Beetles Family Chrysomelidae

Observer

dotun55

Date

April 11, 2014

Place

Imota, Lagos, nigeria (Google, OSM)

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Ladybird Beetles Family Coccinellidae

Observer

dotun55

Date

September 4, 2014

Place

Woji, Port Harcourt (Google, OSM)

Description

Newly moulted

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Blowflies Family Calliphoridae

Observer

dotun55

Date

September 4, 2014

Place

Woji, Port Harcourt (Google, OSM)

Description

Housefly-Black ladybird relationship. On citrus tree.

The presence of the aphids on the tree is what actually attracted the ladybird to this habitat. Their larvae are known to check aphid population.

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