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What

Orbweavers (Family Araneidae)

Observer

daviddo

Date

July 27, 2013 04:20 AM CEST

Description

At 4AM this spider was sitting in a room in my house at the wall at about 80cm from the floor.
The cephalothorax + adbomen measured about 1.5-2.5 cm (a bit under 1").

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Giant Toad (Rhinella horribilis)

Observer

daviddo

Date

April 9, 2007 09:59 PM CEST

Description

9 april 2007, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Cane Toad (Rhinella marina, formerly known as Bufo marinus).

At night in the moist grass of an island in the lake near Rio Dulce. The grass was full of huge spiders, insects and of course this cane toad.

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Tailless Tenrec (Tenrec ecaudatus)

Observer

daviddo

Date

July 26, 2008 12:08 PM CEST

Description

26 July 2008.
Common tenrec / gewone tenrek (Tenrec ecaudatus) in Exotic Reserve Peyrieras, Madagascar.
Captive tenrecs.

Note: Captive specimen, can't be used for wildlife distribution surveys.

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What

Topi (Damaliscus lunatus ssp. jimela)

Observer

daviddo

Date

September 4, 2009 07:14 AM CEST

Description

4 September 2009 - Maasai Mara National Park, Kenya

Topi (Damaliscus lunatus jimela)

Species: Topi and Korrigum / Lierantilope of Basterdhartenbeest (Damaliscus lunatus)
Subspecies: Topi (Damaliscus lunatus jimela)

For those who like the biological details:
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Phylum: Chordata; Vertebrates / Gewervelden
Class: Mammalia; Mammals / Zoogdieren
Order: Artiodactyla; Even-toed Ungulates / Evenhoevigen
Suborder: Cetruminantia; Ruminants, Whales and Hippos / Herkauwers, Walvissen en Nijlpaarden
Infraorder: Pecora; Ruminants / Herkauwers
Family: Bovidae; Bovids; Antelopes, Gazelles, Buffalos, Sheep, Cattle / Holhoornigen; Antilopen, Gazelles, Buffels, Schapen, Runderen
Subfamily: Alcelaphinae; Wildebeests, Hartebeests, Topis / Koeantilopen
Genus: Damaliscus; Sassabies; Topis, Tsessebes, Bonteboks / Hartebeesten, Lierantilopes, Bontebokken
Species: Damaliscus lunatus; Topi and Korrigum / Lierantilope of Basterdhartenbeest
Subspecies: Damaliscus lunatus jimela; Topi

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What

Tanzania Sykes' Monkey (Cercopithecus mitis ssp. monoides)

Observer

daviddo

Date

October 19, 2009 05:28 PM CEST

Description

19 October 2009 - Rufiji River, Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Blue Monkey or Diademed Monkey / Diadeemmeerkat (Cercopithecus mitis)

For those who like the biological details:
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Phylum: Chordata; Vertebrates / Gewervelden
Class: Mammalia; Mammals / Zoogdieren
Order: Primates; Primates / Primaten
Suborder: Haplorrhini; Tarsiers, Monkeys and Apes / Apen en Spookdieren
Infraorder: Simiiformes; Simians / Apen
Parvorder: Catarrhini; Old World Monkeys and Apes / Smalneusapen
Superfamily: Cercopithecoidea; Old World Monkeys / Apen van de Oude Wereld
Family: Cercopithecidae; Old World Monkeys / Apen van de Oude Wereld
Subfamily: Cercopithecinae; Baboons, Macaques and Vervet Monkeys / Meerkatachtigen
Genus: Cercopithecus; Guenon Monkeys / Echte Meerkatten
Species: Cercopithecus mitis; Blue Monkey or Diademed Monkey / Diadeemmeerkat

Photos / Sounds

Observer

daviddo

Date

August 7, 2008 04:21 PM CEST

Description

7 August 2008 - Spiny Forest, Renalia Project, Ifaty, Madagascar.

Nymphs of the Madagascan Flatid Leaf-bug (Phromnia rosea).

These nymphs excrete a sort of white waxy substance which 'grows' from the animal like long wipsy feathers. If a bird of other predator makes a grab for one of these insects it gets a beakful of white nothing, and the animal hops away.

For those who like the biological details:
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Phylum: Arthropoda; Arthropods / Geleedpotigen
Class: Insecta; Insects / Insekten
Order: Hemiptera; True Bugs / Halfvleugeligen of Snavelvleugeligen
Suborder: Fulgoromorpha; Planthoppers / Lantaarndragerachtigen
Family: Flatidae; Flatid Planthoppers / ??
Genus: Phromnia; Flatid Leaf-bugs/ ??
Species: Phromnia rosea; Madagascan Flatid Leaf-bug / ??

Read the blog about these bugs: wildlifespotting.blogspot.com/2010/09/madagascar-day-14-w...

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What

Zanj Sun Squirrel (Heliosciurus undulatus)

Observer

daviddo

Date

October 20, 2009 06:58 AM CEST

Description

20 October 2009 - Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Zanj Sun Squirrel or Eastern Sun Squirrel/ Zanj Zonne-eekhoorn (Heliosciurus undulatus)

Identity of this Sun Squirrel not certain. I doubt between Zanj Sun Squirrel (Heliosciurus undulatus) and Mutable Sun Squirrel (Heliosciurus mutabilis). The early morning sun and white balance settings make it hard to ID based on fur colour. However the tail seems to be longer than the body, implying it can be the Zanj Sun Squirrel.

Please leave a comment if you can identify or have good reference sources.

Circumstances:
Early morning (7AM), Selous River Camp. A few 100m from Rufiji River. Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. Highly active squirrel.

For those who like the biological details:
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Phylum: Chordata; Vertebrates / Gewervelden
Class: Mammalia; Mammals / Zoogdieren
Order: Rodentia; Rodents / Knaagdieren
Family: Sciuridae; Squirrels / Eekhoorns
Subfamily: Xerinae; Marmots, Ground Squirrels, Afrian Tree Squirrels / Marmotten, Aardeekhoorns, Palmeekhoorns
Genus: Heliosciurus; Sun Squirrels / Zonne-eekhoorns
Species: Heliosciurus undulatus; Zanj Sun Squirrel or Eastern Sun Squirrel / Zanj Zonne-eekhoorn

Read the complete story about this wildlife encounter at my blog: wildlifespotting.blogspot.com/2010/09/day-50-zanj-sun-squ...

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What

Common Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis)

Observer

daviddo

Date

May 13, 2011 06:45 PM CEST

Description

13 May 2011 - Cardinal beetle / Roodkopvuurkever (Pyrochroa serraticornis).

The insect is named Roodkopvuurkever in Dutch. Vuurhaantje is probably an unofficial name used at some places in The Netherlands. It's a Cardinal beetle. Scientific name Pyrochroa serraticornis. In English not to be confused with the other beetle that is named Cardinal beetle. Pyrochroa coccinea has a black head and is a bit more common than the red headed version I observed. There was a whole bunch of these beetles where I was strolling through the countryside near Leiden in The Netherlands. This is the season or month to spot Cardinal beetles!

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