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Other/Miscellaneous / Bandai tropical fish: characin
« on: January 10, 2018, 07:52:37 PM »
Bandai's tropical fish set consists of 15 varieties, but only 3 sculpts. This thread is for the characin sculpt, which represents 4 species (and one domestic strain) by changing the paint job.

First up: Tucanoichthys tucanoi, a truly minute tetra species endemic to Uaupés River in Brazil. It's named after a group of indigenous tribes, the Tucano. I don't think the species has a standardized common name, but most people I know call it the Tucano tetra.







The maximum recorded length is 1.7 cm, so these figures, despite being only 2.8 cm long, are almost twice life size. Annoyingly, they're missing the adipose fin. Every tetra species in this set should have one. Sure, it's going to be small on these tiny characids, but it should still be visible.

I'll do the other characid species soon. I mostly collect prehistoric figures, and I would find it pretty annoying in that context if a company simply repainted a figure and called it a new species. But the truth it a lot of freshwater fish differ in extremely minor ways externally, apart from their coloration. You'd need geometric morphometrics (or tooth or fin ray counts, depending) to tell them apart with all color information removed. So I don't bedgrudge Bandai the re-use of this mold, but I still begrudge them the missing adipose fin.

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New for 2018 / Safari - New for 2018
« on: September 25, 2017, 06:40:27 PM »
Safari's extant critters are being discussed more on dtf than here. That just won't do. Here are the official announcements so far for non-fictional,
 non-prehistoric animals (stable photo links):

Wildlife


Bernie the alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)


Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis)


Kangaroo with Joey (Macropus rufus)


Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis)


Pygmy hippo (Choeropsis liberiensis)


Babirusa (Babyrousa sp.)

North American Wildlife


Desert hare (black-tailed jackrabbit, Lepus californicus)


North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum)


Muskox (Ovibos moschatus)


Bison Bison bison

Wildlife Wonders


Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi)


Jaguar (Panthera onca)


XL Bison (Bison bison)

Wings of the World Birds


Flamingo (Phoenicopteridae)


Long-eared owl (Asio otus)


Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Incredible Creatures


Given as Antennariidae, looks like Antennarius pictus in particular


Flying frog, Family Rhacophoridae


Woodchuck/groundhog/whistlepig (Marmota monax)


Corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus)


Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)


Spiny lobster (Palinuridae)


Scorpion (Scorpiones)

Best in Show


Boxer


Poodle


Gray tabby cat


Siamese cat

Farm


Ameraucana chicken


Lamb


Sheep


Black sheep, looks like the same sculpt as the white one


Ongole cow


Texas longhorn bull

Winner's Circle Horses


Friesian mare


Morgan stallion


Tinker


Przewalski's horse

Sea Life


Leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonyx)


Vaquita (Phocoena sinus)


Sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis)


Manta ray (Manta birostris)


Whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus)


Gray reef shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos)


Lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris)


Toobs


Whale Toob: beluga, blue whale, bowhead whale, Bryde's whale, gray whale, humpback whale, minke whale, pilot whale, right whale, sperm whale

Good Luck Minis


Jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca)


spider (given as Latrodectus mactans or L. hesperus but doesn't really look much like a black widow to me)


Caribbean reef squid (Sepioteuthis sepioidea)


hammerhead shark (Sphyrnidae)


barn owl (Tyto alba)


toucan (Ramphastos sp.)


hummingbird (Trochilidae)


tortoise (Testudinidae)


waving cat


horse


green moray (Gymnothorax funebris)


blue tang (Paracanthus hepatus)

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New for 2017 / Diramix new for 2017
« on: September 09, 2017, 06:47:57 PM »
Posted this on the DTF recently for the prehistorics, but since it's mostly extant fish, maybe people here will be interested:


The very frenetic TV advertisement:


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New for 2017 / Favorite Co New for 2017
« on: July 25, 2017, 05:13:43 AM »
Teaser photo on Facebook:



New additions to the Ancient Fish line. Looks to me like a Scleropages (their existing arowana is an Osteoglossum) and an Atractosteus.

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Classifieds / Halichoeres trade animals and wishlist
« on: May 03, 2017, 02:19:33 PM »
Hi everyone, I collect almost exclusively prehistoric animals, but sometimes I end up with some extant things as bycatch. I offer them here, and I'll update as I get things organized. I have an extensive trade thread at the dino toy forum (http://dinotoyblog.com/forum/index.php?topic=3299.0), so check that out if you're interested in prehistorics. Everything is available for either sale or trade, and I ship anywhere (from the United States). Thanks for looking!


AAA common iguana


AAA original moose calf


Diramix/DeAgostini/ZooWorld turtles $3 each


Diramix/DeAgostini/ZooWorld lionfish, anglerfish, pufferfishes, and triggerfishes $3 each


Diramix/DeAgostini/ZooWorld humpback whale, narwhal, dolphin, orca, Pacific octopus, blue ringed octopus $3 each


Diramix/DeAgostini/ZooWorld sharks and torpedo rays $3 each


Diramix/DeAgostini/ZooWorld piranhas, sailfish, catfish, walrus, platypus $3 each


Diramix/DeAgostini/ZooWorld eels and what I think are meant to be weevers $3 each


Diramix Mega Squali hammerhead, basking shark, spotted carpet shark, albino white shark $9 each


Diramix Mega Squali guitarfish, whale shark, thresher shark, blue shark $9 each


Diramix Mega Squali leopard shark, megamouth shark, Japanese sawshark (but looks like a sawfish), zebra shark $9 each


Kaiyodo turtles: red-eared slider hatchling, standard and albino, green turtle, Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle, Reeves turtle, yellow-marginated box turtle.


Kaiyodo dugong ($3), harbor seal ($4), sea lion ($6), humpback whale ($8), narwhal ($12), Dall's porpoise ($12), white sided dolphin ($7)


Kaiyodo goldfish and carp/koi ($7 each) One of these koi I no longer have, I'll have to check which.


Kaiyodo Japanese flying squid, Japanese spider crab, Monkey River prawn (Macrobrachium lar)


Ruddy kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda)
Black-banded sea krait (Laticauda semifasciata)
Bohemian waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)
Small Japanese mole (Mogera minor)


Raccoon (Procyon lotor)
Japanese grass vole (Microtus montebelli)
Japanese weasel (Mustela itatsi)
Japanese/white-cheeked giant flying squirrel (Petaurista leucogenys)


PNSO zebra, tiger, horse


Safari Monterey Bay Aquarium orca; sperm whale, I think the one from the Ocean Toob


Yowie Lost Kingdoms koala

My wish list:

Chialu
Brachauchenius

Cog Ltd (Tedco, Dino Horizons)
Aysheaia

Dawn of the Dinosaurs exhibition set
Saurosuchus (resin)

Dinosaurs in the Wild
Dakotaraptor

Disga
Gojirasaurus (remote controlled)
Segnosaurus (remote controlled)
this small PVC Teratosaurus:


Faunacasts
Xiphactinus

Lanier/Smithsonian
Birkenia
Climatius

Los Angeles County Museum
titanosaur juvenile

Mattel (Xtractaurs)
Yingshanosaurus "Twinstrike"

Medicom
Tully monster ("embryonic Nessie")

Miniland
large Dicraeosaurus

Play Visions
Eogyrinus
Gerrothorax
Platyhystrix

Toyway
WWD Ornithocheirus (though I don't think I'll ever find one)

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