Monthly archives: December, 2020

Sunda Slow Loris (Miniatureplanet Vol. 19 by Eikoh)

Review and images by stemturtle; edited by bmathison1972 The Sunda slow loris, Nycticebus coucang, was released in 2020 by Eikoh, Miniatureplanet, Vol. 19. This strepsirrhine or prosimian occurs in, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia (Borneo, Java, Sulawesi, Sumatra). It probably shares a distant ancestor with the African potto. Both are nocturnal and move slowly through …

Long-spined Porcupinefish (Enoshima Aquarium Series 1 by Kaiyodo)

Review and images by JimoAi; edited by bmathison1972 Pufferfish and their close cousins, the porcupinefish, have a particular defense mechanism of swallowing water and thanks to their expandable stomach, it makes them look bigger, rounder and less appetizing for potential predators (One example in popular media is Mrs Puff puffing up when Spongebob fails his …

Gray Wolf Howling (Large) and Brown Wolf Cub (AAA)

With Christmas over but winter still here, I wanted to highlight and celebrate this season, starting several reviews on a “Winter Wonderland” series! Each are animals adapted for the ice and snow of the world’s coldest environments, captured in the snow that has recently fallen for my area. We start with some large hunters of …

Emperor Dragonfly (Wild Animals by Papo)

Today I am continuing the 2020 Papo arthropods with the emperor dragonfly, Anax imperator, a species distributed throughout much of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and west-central Asia. Anax imperator belongs to the family Aeshnidae, which includes the green darner (A. junius), which is common here in North America and is the more-commonly made species …

Killer Whale (Sealife by Mojö Fun)

Review and images by callmejoe3; edited by bmathison1972 This blog managed to cover a wide variety of cetaceans before getting to today’s species, the killer whale (Orcinus orca). The public perception of killer whales has a rather dramatic history compared to most cetaceans. In Europe, the killer whale’s status as an apex predator led to …

Ocellaris Clownfish (ANIA by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.)

Review and images by JimoAi; edited by bmathison1972 Sea anemones paralyze their prey with their stinging tentacles with the aid of little harpoons. However, there are a few animals that use these stinging tentacles to their advantage, mainly to seek refuge from predators. But the most famous of these animals to take advantage of these …

Oceanic Whitetip Shark (Wild Safari Sealife by Safari Ltd.)

Review and images by JimoAi; edited by bmathison1972 When it comes to dangerous sharks to humans, most people will always think about the great white, the tiger, or the bull shark. However, there is a runner up for the most dangerous shark that not many people have heard of, and it’s the oceanic whitetip shark …

Monarch (Wild Animals by Papo)

Today I will be continuing the reviews of Papo’s 2020 arthropods with the monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus. This is one of 5 insects (6 arthropods total) produced by Papo in 2020. Interestingly, it is the only arthropod in their entire collection to-date that is not naturally European, given that Papo is a French company (more …