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Animal groups / Parazoa?
« on: January 19, 2017, 06:02:03 AM »
This is maybe the very first step of the tree of animal life.

I wonder if there's some figurine easily available from the major brands reproducing some sponge, eventually one of the most famous and beautiful, like Euplectella aspergillum, aka Venus Flower Basket.

Animal groups / Agnatha
« on: October 16, 2016, 05:02:13 AM »
These fishes are really fascinating to me and I am learning a lot of interesting things. Lampreys (Hyperoartia) have no jaws, Haghfishes (Myxiniformes) don't even have vertebrae, and this makes them a residual and very basal group not only of fishes, and not only of vertebrates, but of chordata themselves.

Now the point is: is there some figure of these animals out there? I never knew of any in the catalogues of the most famous producers, and also searching the forum gave very little satisfaction.

Animals / Classification
« on: October 12, 2016, 04:25:30 PM »
I have a big problem.

I am trying to build an excel sheet with the classification of the models I buy. I do like this.

I buy a model, mainly looking for groups of animals that I still don't have, starting from classes and then going down to orders, families and other intermediate groups.

Then I identify the precise species, and build back the classificationtree. First the genus, then the family and so on.

In this way I arrive to the point where the various animals' classification trees link together forming a complete structure, pending from the first devide biota/abiota.

Until now I tried to get the classification infos from wikipedia, and even if I often found different systems of classification used for different animals files, I could manage to reasonably solve the mismatchings.

But now I began looking into the direction of extinct animals, and here comes the armageddon. A total mess. A tragedy.

How can I find a solution? Is there a place where I can get a complete classification of the extinct animals?

Please help me, I am a desperate taxonomist.

Bullyland / Fire Salamander (Bullyland - Animal World, Snake/Amphibians)
« on: September 10, 2016, 12:14:07 AM »
Just bought today this very nice figurine, and I like nearly everything of it, except the incisions around every yellow patch of the animal. For the rest the rubber used is of good quality and helps giving the shining aspect of the skin without using too glossy paintings, that I usually dont' like, and the details are good. The posture is appropriate and suggests properly the dynamics of the movements of the animals. My first Urodela specie, I am very satysfied.

I would like to know what other well made salamanders and other urodela are on sale nowadays from the bigger producers,and eventually if someone could identify the subspecies of this Bullyland figurine. It should be a Salamandra salamandra salamandra, but the pattern of the patches does not perfectly matches the ones of most of the animals depicted on the pics I can found on the internet. Actually the most similar one looks another specie, the Salamandra infraimmaculata. Any opinion about this?

I am considering to have a model of the big one in my small collection, and would like to know which is the best one, with particular attention to the comparison of those of the major commercial producers like Papo, Schleich, Collecta and the like. I am particularly interested in the fidelity to the real and then in the perfection of the details and paintings. I like the Safari one but also Schelich's one looks nice. Unusual third place for the Papo one, but I am not sure I am considering all the releavant aspects. What is your opinion?

Schleich / Dunkleosteus (Schleich, 2016)
« on: August 20, 2016, 01:54:05 AM »
I see on Schleich's site the new Dunkleosteus model, that looks quite well-made, at least to my mostly inexpert eye.

In Italy it's not been released yet, so I would like to know if in some other country it's already on sale, and what do you think of it. Does someone know what are the dimensions of the model? The animal was huge and the model looks quite big too. Finally, an idea of the price point would be welcome.

Schleich / Sea Lion (Schleich, 2012)
« on: August 18, 2016, 02:01:11 AM »
This was one of the first models I bought for my son, as a toy, before beginning to collect them and getting into taxonomy.

As I tried to understand what exact species was it, it looked like a Californian Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus), but when I checked out the page of Schleich's web site I found out that they call it Callorhinus ursinus, common name Northern Fur Seal, an animal that looks way fatter and heavier than the model, and with much longer fur.

Someone can explain the issue?

Please excuse me if there is already a thread dedicated to this model, I looked for it but could not find it.

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