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Animal groups / Re: Anurans
« Last post by sauroid on September 15, 2017, 03:03:16 PM »
awesome frogs Bluekrono

anyone who can help would be greatly appreciated. i need ID on the maker of this poison dart frog TIA


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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Butterfly Nature Tube (K&M - Wild Republic)
« Last post by bmathison1972 on September 10, 2017, 12:51:55 AM »
Update 9/9/2017. With help from Bowhead Whale on the STS forum, looks like we now have reasonable identifications for all 12 figures in this set. The first post was edited accordingly.
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New for 2017 / Re: Diramix new for 2017
« Last post by sbell on September 09, 2017, 08:02:37 PM »
It would be great if Diramix (and DeAgostini) figures looked more like their priomotional materials--even the cartoony stuff. Still, they make some interesting things, maybe someday they'll be more readily available everywhere!
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New for 2017 / Diramix new for 2017
« Last post by Halichoeres 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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Animal toys (general) / Re: Copyright infringement?
« Last post by Elephas Maximus on September 08, 2017, 06:08:04 PM »
Google 'Newbifo animal' images to see a ton of bootlegs.
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Other/Miscellaneous / Imomushi (Beam)
« Last post by bmathison1972 on September 07, 2017, 02:15:53 AM »
Review of a complete set of caterpillars, Imomushi by Beam [note: Beam might be the distributor and not the manufacturer]! I was holding off on posting this set until I got everything identified, but maybe posting it will aid in the identification of some of the more challenging figures.

First of all, many of you may recognize some of these. There have been at least four sets of caterpillars similar to this, and the companies copy each other back and forth, to the point I do not know who made which one first. No two sets have the same species composition. I am picking this one because 1) I know it is complete and 2) I know the manufacturer/distributor.

There are 12 figures, each a solid-piece PVC roughly 7.5 cm (3 inches) long.

The identifications below are my assigning based on:
1) identified by other sellers online
2) comparison of figures by other sets/companies
3) exhaustive Google searches
4) consulting with lepidopterist colleagues.

The figures are in the order based on their letter designation of the accompanying paperwork:

A. zebra swallowtail, Protographium marcellus.
Swallowtail larvae have a similar morphology but can vary in color. I felt this was the best option given this figure’s general form and color. I have another from a unknown manufacturer that is more blue.



B. anise swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon.
Another variable species, and again I have another larva by an unknown manufacturer, plus I have identified one of the Toy Major butterflies as the adult of this species.



C. orange-barred sulfur, Phoebis philea.
This is an ID of mine, and was happy to come to this conclusion after several adults (mainly by Safari LTD).



D. creamy marblewing, Euchloe ausonides.
This is one I have seen marketed as this species, so I am confident on the ID. It is my only figure of this species.



E. small apollo, Parnassius apollo.
This species is made by a set that actually labels its figures to the species level, so I am confident of the ID. I have one other larva, but no adults.



F. great spangled fritillary, Speyeria cybele.
This one is most-certainly in the fritillary-branch of the nymphalids. With these figures, one must understand that little knobs on the figures might represent longer spines.



G. black swallowtail, Papilio polyxenes.
I have seen this one marketed as this species. While the brown base is a little odd, I still think it is a sound identification.



H. small tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae.
This one looks good based on color and general form, but the red legs are perplexing. As such I am keeping the ID somewhat tentative, although it is definitely within this group. Bullyland and CollectA made adults.



I. unknown.
This is one of the two I am struggling with. I think it is another in the general fritillary group of Nymphalidae.



J. pipevine swallowtail, Battus philenor.
This distinctive species is fairly straight-forward. I have another similar larva by an unknown manufacturer and Toy Major did an adult (painted ‘upside down’ however).



K. queen, Danaus glippus.
This is clearly a danaine, and based on the color and arrangement of tentacles, the queen is the best option. I have another larva and a tentative ID on an adult by Toy Major.



L. unknown.
This is the most perplexing and hardest to come up with. The horns are similar to the satyrines, but just not sure. I do not think the horns represent the osmeterium of a papilionid nor the tentacles of a danaine.

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Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« Last post by bmathison1972 on September 02, 2017, 03:21:23 AM »
I recently bought a Leanchoilia superlata from Paleocasts (Patrick May). I also inquired about some small figures by Pat that I saw on DTF, and he sold me a bunch of them at a nice price. In the end I ended up with 10 new taxa representing 9 new genera: the enigmatic L. superlata, 6 trilobites (Harpes sp., Asaphus kowalewskii, Phacops sp., Hollardops sp., Asaphus cornutus, and Eldredgeia venustus), two xiphosurans (Paleolimulus and Euproops), and the crustacean Dithyrocaris.

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New for 2018 / Re: Kaiyodo - New for 2018
« Last post by bmathison1972 on August 31, 2017, 12:30:02 AM »
I wonder... has Kaiyodo stopped making CapsuleQ animal sets. Seems a poor year, especially arthropodwise.

Most of the 2017 CQ sets have not been animals, no. Not sure if it's just ebb and flow or what.

I however am super excited for that crab
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New for 2018 / Re: Kaiyodo - New for 2018
« Last post by Beetle guy on August 30, 2017, 12:19:49 PM »
I wonder... has Kaiyodo stopped making CapsuleQ animal sets. Seems a poor year, especially arthropodwise.
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New for 2018 / Re: Kaiyodo - New for 2018
« Last post by Beetle guy on August 30, 2017, 12:18:07 PM »
Although not in my collecting corner, these look really good!!
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