My name is Joel and I'm a student of biology at the University of Washington in Seattle. I am fascinated with the objects and processes of the natural world, most especially with living things, and I am aspiring to become a zoological researcher in the near future. When I don't have my nose in a textbook, I like to be landscaping, scuba diving, camping or hiking, motorcycling and/or collecting dead things.

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Groove-billed Ani - Photo (c) Pablo Lèautaud, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND), uploaded by Pablo Leautaud CC
Groove-billed Ani Info
The Groove-billed Ani (Crotophaga sulcirostris) is an odd-looking tropical bird in the cuckoo family with a long tail and a large, curved beak. It is a resident species throughout most of its range, from southern Texas, central Mexico and The Bahamas, through Central America, to northern Colombia and Venezuela, and coastal Ecuador and Peru. It only retreats from the northern limits of its range in Texas and northern Mexico during winter. (From Wikipedia)
Hummingbird Hawkmoth - Photo (c) Marcello Consolo, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Hummingbird Hawkmoth Info
Macroglossum stellatarum, known as the hummingbird hawk-moth or sometimes the hummingmoth, is a species of Sphingidae. Its long proboscis and its hovering behaviour, accompanied by an audible humming noise, make it look remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers. It should not be confused with the moths called hummingbird moths in North America, genus Hemaris, members of the same family and with similar appearance and behavior. The resemblance to hummingbirds is an example of convergent... (From Wikipedia)
Humboldt Squid - Photo (c) NOAA Photo Library, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Humboldt Squid Info
The Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas), also known as jumbo squid, jumbo flying squid, pota or diablo rojo, is a large, predatory squid living in the waters of the Humboldt Current in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Dosidicus gigas is the only species of the genus Dosidicus of the subfamily Ommastrephinae, family Ommastrephidae. (From Wikipedia)
Indian Pipe - Photo (c) Vicky Sawyer, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), uploaded by tgaw CC
Indian Pipe Info
Monotropa uniflora, also known as the ghost plant, Indian pipe, or corpse plant, is a herbaceous perennial plant native to temperate regions of Asia, North America and northern South America, but with large gaps between areas. It was formerly classified in the family Monotropaceae, however, it has now been included within the Ericaceae. It is generally scarce or rare in occurrence. (From Wikipedia)
Barreleye - Photo (c) Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Barreleye Info
Macropinna microstoma is the only species of fish in the genus Macropinna, belonging to the Opisthoproctidae, the barreleye family. It is recognized for a highly unusual transparent, fluid-filled dome on its head, through which the lenses of its eyes can be seen. The eyes have a barrel shape and can be rotated to point either forward or straight up, looking through the fish's transparent dome.M. microstoma has a tiny mouth and most of its body is... (From Wikipedia)
Saccopharyngiformes - Photo (c) Alexei Orlov, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Saccopharyngiformes Info
The Saccopharyngiformes are an order of unusual ray-finned fish, superficially similar to eels, but with many internal differences. Most of the fish in this order are deep-sea types known from only a handful of specimens, such as the pelican eel. Saccopharyngiformes are also bioluminescent in several species. Some, such as the "swallowers", can live as deep as 10,000 feet (3,000 m) in the ocean, well into the aphotic zone. (From Wikipedia)
Harvestmen - Photo (c) FlaPack, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Harvestmen Info
Opiliones (formerly Phalangida) are an order of arachnids commonly known as harvestmen. As of December 2011, over 6,500 species of harvestmen have been discovered worldwide, although the real number of extant species may exceed 10,000. The order Opiliones includes four suborders: Cyphophthalmi, Eupnoi, Dyspnoi, and Laniatores, and representatives of each can be found on every continent except Antarctica (with the exception of Dyspnoi, which is restricted to North America and Eurasia). Well-preserved fossils have been found... (From Wikipedia)
Windscorpions - Photo (c) José Eugenio Gómez Rodríguez, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Windscorpions Info
Solifugae is an order of animals in the class Arachnida. They are known variously as camel spiders, wind scorpions, sun spiders or solifuges. The order includes more than 1,000 described species in about 153 genera. Much like a spider, the body of a Solifugid has two tagmata: an opisthosoma (abdomen) behind the prosoma (that is, in effect, a combined head and thorax). At the front end, the prosoma bears two chelicerae that, in most species, are... (From Wikipedia)
Hoatzin - Photo (c) David Cook Wildlife Photography, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Hoatzin Info
Opisthocomidae is a group of birds, the only named family within the order Opisthocomiformes. The only living representative is the Hoatzin Opisthocomus hoazin, which lives in the Amazon and the Orinoco delta in South America. Several fossil species have been identified, including one from Africa. (From Wikipedia)
Chimaeridae - Photo (c) August Rode, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Chimaeridae Info
The Chimaeridae, or shortnose chimaeras are a family of cartilaginous fish. (From Wikipedia)
Empusa - Photo (c) Anne SORBES, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), uploaded by Anne Sorbes CC
Empusa Info
Empusa is a genus of mantises in the family Empusidae, containing the following species: (From Wikipedia)
Crows, Ravens, Jackdaws, and Rook - Photo (c) Joe McKenna, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Crows, Ravens, Jackdaws, and Rook Info
Crows (/kroʊ/) are members of a widely distributed genus of birds, Corvus, in the family Corvidae. Ranging in size from the relatively small pigeon-size jackdaws (Eurasian and Daurian) to the Common Raven of the Holarctic region and Thick-billed Raven of the highlands of Ethiopia, the 40 or so members of this genus occur on all temperate continents except for South America, and several islands. In Europe, the word "crow" is used to refer to the Carrion... (From Wikipedia)