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Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:39:25 PM »
So fun follow up...I was at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria BC, and guess what they had? Some of the salamanders! I picked up the Red-Backed salamander myself (the tag--yes, it has one--says Red-Striped salamander). My son picked up the larger Tiger salamander. The only one we are missing is the larger Marbled (it is the same mold as the tiger, but with green on it).

They had lots of the small orange spotted ones, and appear to have ran out of tigers when we bought ours!

Sounds like you had a good time. I have never heard of a red-backed called a red striped, but that is why we have scientific names.

Several years ago I visited the museum. I thought the admission price was too steep until I saw the replica of the historical monument with the inscription
"Alex MacKenzie / from Canada / by land / 22d July 1793," which made the visit worth it.

Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: November 08, 2017, 05:41:44 PM »
Thanks for the link, sbell. We would have to ask Collectible Wildlife Gifts why tags were not supplied.
The brand Wild Republic was listed, while K&M is marked on the figures.

Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: November 07, 2017, 05:35:25 PM »

Common mudpuppy, Necturus maculosus (Play Visions)

After several years of searching for a Play Visions mudpuppy, I was thrilled to find this rare figure on eBay. It is not as realistic as the larger model by Safari . The PV mudpuppy completes the set.

Salamanders, set of 6, (Play Visions) 1995
1. Northern red salamander, Pseudotriton ruber
2. Spotted salamander, Ambystoma maculatum
3. Long-toed salamander, Ambystoma macrodactylum
4. Marbled salamander, Ambystoma opacum
5. Long-tailed salamander, Eurycea longicauda
6. Common mudpuppy, Necturus maculosus

Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: October 26, 2017, 09:23:44 PM »
Sbell posted photos of 3 K&M salamanders sold at the Atlanta Zoo (see reply # 84 above). Collectible Wildlife Gifts is offering similar figures.

Red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus, (K&M Intl.), length about 6.0 inches or 15.3 cm. ID is speculative. The year is not printed, so we can date it 2017.

The same mold, SZ16L2, was used for the blue-spotted salamander, Ambystoma laterale, which I purchased too. The mold is more accurate for the blue-spotted, which is a mole salamander, family Ambystomatidae, than for the red-backed, a lungless salamander, family Plethodontidae, which should have a much more slender body. Species ID is not marked for either figure, just the word salamander.

I passed on buying a spotted salamander, Ambystoma maculatum, which is probably cast from the mold used for the red salamander as shown in Sbell's photo. I already own a spotted by Play Visions. My collecting discipline targets examples of different species, as display shelves get more crowded.

Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: October 11, 2017, 07:53:23 PM »

Panini lamprey

This figure is part of a set of 40 marine animal miniatures. ToyAnimalInfo does not identify the species, but does give the maker as Panini. Length is 1 1/8 inches or 28 mm. Compare the size to the Schleich guy while under attack.

Animal groups / Re: Old World Monkeys - superfamily Cercopithecoidea
« on: October 05, 2017, 10:11:49 PM »

Northern plains gray langur, Semnopithecus entellus, by Play Visions, subfamily: Colobinae

The ID marked on the figure is Langur. This species is difficult to distinguish from the southern plains gray langur, Semnopithecus dussumieri (see the pair by Bandai). We accept the identification posted in ToyAnimal.Info.

It's been a while since last posting. That is how long it took to find this rare figure on eBay. The good news is that they are out there.

Animal groups / Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« on: August 25, 2017, 08:50:07 PM »

Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba [ID is speculative], (Burger King kids meal toy), 2011, the larger krill is about 2.4 in. or 6.1 cm.

Posterior view. The characters, Rockin' Will and Bill from Happy Feet Two, perform a rocking motion when the levers beneath are squeezed together.

Krill are small shrimp-like crustaceans in class Malacostraca, but are not decapods, classified as a sister group in superorder Eucarida. Here we list them on the plankton thread, although they are correctly called plankton only while larvae. Adult length is 2.4 in., similar to the figures. The Antarctic krill have perhaps the largest total biomass of any species, food for whales, seals, penguins, and other predators.

We can appreciate that this important crustacean is represented by a toy, even though we prefer 3D figures instead of 2D. Purchased on eBay.

Animal groups / Re: Turtles
« on: August 11, 2017, 11:00:48 PM »
  :D Beautiful Colorata turtles!

Colorata also sold a box of the adult sea turtles without the hatchlings. See reply #16 by postsaurischian on this thread.

This link coerced me into re-uploading my pics in this thread ;D .... which I did.

 .... still a lot is missing :'(.

Thanks, postsaurischian. Great to see your beautiful photos reloaded.  :)

Animal groups / Re: Turtles
« on: August 09, 2017, 11:36:56 AM »
are these sets rare now? i have volume one complete boxed set.

Yes, sauroid, these sets are rare. I bought mine through Brett, member brettnj. I recommend that you send him a message to put in a request. Good luck.  :)

Animal groups / Re: Turtles
« on: August 08, 2017, 09:33:19 PM »
Colorata Sea Turtles, Endangered Species

Two volumes, each packed in a plastic box, each with 4 species of adults and matching hatchlings (2005).

Volume I

Ventral of adults is marked with the common name and a code using volume # - item # followed by A. Adults fit on a base. Size is slightly larger than Kaiyodo or Yujin.

Upper row (l to r): I - 1A Leatherback, I - 3A Hawksbill
Lower row (l to r): I - 4A Kemp's ridley, I - 2A Green

Ventral of hatchlings has a similar code to the adults, with B for hatchling; name not marked. No base for hatchlings. Length is generally less than 1.5 in. or 3.5 cm.

I - 1B Leatherback, Dermochelys coriacea
I - 2B Green, Chelonia mydas
I - 3B Hawksbill, Eretmochelys imbricata
I - 4B Kemp's ridley, Lepidochelys kempii

Volume II

Upper row (l to r): II - 6A Galapagos (previously Black), II - 5A Loggerhead
Lower row (l to r): II -7A Flatback, II -8A Olive ridley

II - 5B Loggerhead, Carettta caretta
II - 6B Galapagos green turtle (previously Black sea turtle), Chelonia agassizii
II - 7B Flatback, Nator depressus
II - 8B Olive ridley, Lepidochelys olivacea

Colorata also sold a box of the adult sea turtles without the hatchlings. See reply #16 by postsaurischian on this thread.

Edit: Chelonia agassizii is listed as a full species by Wikipedia, but the scientific community identifies the Galapagos sea turtles and all other populations of green sea turtles by the name Chelonia mydas.

Classifieds / Re: The Feedback Thread
« on: August 03, 2017, 10:24:36 PM »
Big thumbs up for Brett. Today brought a treasure chest of rare figures from Japan. I did not know that the Colorata hatchling sea turtles came as two groups of 4, along with corresponding adults, in volumes one and two. Hard to find on eBay. Brett offers a great service.  :)

A resolution to the identification of the Nature Techni Colour oarfish is provided by the description that the length of the species represented by the figure is 11 meters, which is the size of the giant oarfish, much too large for the slender oarfish, Regalecus russelii, at 5.4 meters. I suggest that the scientific name of this oarfish should be corrected to Regalecus glesne instead of R. russelii to correspond to the common name of giant oarfish.

Nature Techni Colour identifies the oarfish in the Deep Sea Life set (Vol. 1) as Regalecus russelii. I wonder if it should have the common name of slender oarfish instead of giant oarfish. The scientific name of the giant oarfish is Regalecus glesne.

Here is a quote from Wikipedia:
”From December 2009 to March 2010, unusual numbers of the slender oarfish Regalecus russelii (竜宮の使い “Ryūgū-No-Tsukai”,) known in Japanese folklore as the Messenger from the Sea God's Palace, appeared in the waters and on the beaches of Japan, the appearance of which is said to portend earthquakes."

See an image:
What do you think?

Good to know that Phronima sedentaria is removable from the salp tunic.
It has been suggested that this amphipod was the inspiration for the creature in the sci-fi film Alien. See this link to decide for yourself.

Animal groups / Re: Lovely Salamanders
« on: June 19, 2017, 09:18:32 PM »
Thanks Postsaurischian. This figure is approaching life scale. It's a beauty.

Animal groups / Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« on: May 05, 2017, 06:48:01 PM »
thanks stemturtle; I never thought about Shapeways for protists!

By the way, here is a great reference for protest/eukaryotic classification and is what we are adopting in the clinical realm:

Bmathison1972, thanks for the reference on classification. I like the promotion of Amoebozoa and Opisthokonta, changing the tally from 4 to 5 supergroups. Most recent revisions seem to accept this taxonomy. The image of a tree of life (figure 1) in the article shows that placement of many groups requires further research.

Animal groups / Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« on: May 05, 2017, 01:37:08 PM »
Protists by Shapeways

Coccolithophore, diatom, dinoflagellate, foraminiferan, radiolarian

Coccolithus pelagicus, Shapeways by Ontogenie, 1.6 in. or 4.2 cm.
Unpainted to suggest chalk.
Coccolithophore, sister group to SAR, Haptophyta
These algae are protected by calcium carbonate plates that sink to lock carbon in the deep ocean, helping to reduce global warming. The White Cliffs of Dover, England are chalk beds that were formed by coccoliths during the Cretaceous.

Navicula bullata, Shapeways by orbyt design, 1.8 in. or 4.6 cm.
Frosted ultra detail.
Diatom, supergroup SAR, Stramenopiles
Abundant, photosynthetic algae, with a cell wall made of silica, are significant for oxygen production and are a foundation in many food chains.

Karenia brevis, Shapeways by Marine Microalgae Research Associates, 2.0 in. or 5.1 cm.
Dinoflagellate, supergroup SAR, Alveolates
Spinning with two flagella, these photosynthetic protists can overpopulate to create algal blooms called red tides, frequent in the Gulf of Mexico. Neurotoxins can kill marine organisms and poison humans who eat contaminated shellfish.

Lenticulina (syn. Cristellaria) calcar, Shapeways by Ontogenie, 2 in. or 5 cm.
Identification of this species is based on a drawing by Ernst Haeckel. The underside of the figure has not been sculpted in 3-D. The loop for a necklace has been removed.
Foraminifera, supergroup SAR, Rhizaria
Forams are amoebas with a calcium carbonate shell and thin pseudopodia, symbiotic with algae, and also feed on smaller microorganisms. Fossils are used for biostratigraphy, important in the exploration for oil.

Acrosphaera sp., Shapeways by BioLogic, 2 in. or 5 cm.
Radiolaria, supergroup SAR, Rhizaria
These amoebas with a silica skeleton and needle-like pseudopodia often contain symbiotic algae. Crushed shells of radiolarians form an ooze on the ocean floor and contribute to sandy beaches.

See a classification of Protista by supergroups posted by Mark Cooper, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA.

Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: April 25, 2017, 05:27:44 PM »
Sbell, what is the total length of the K&M blue-spotted salamander?
I am surprised that these salamanders are still marketed after some 19 years.

Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: April 17, 2017, 02:28:59 PM »
OK...I am officially done with species identifiable to at least the genus level. There are still some 'miscellaneous' remnants to post, but no new taxa until I get new taxa...

Bmathison1972, thank you for posting IDs of  your collection. Completing Blaine's Bug of the Day was a herculean task. I have referred to your work many times, and will certainly continue to do so.

Animal groups / Re: Plankton and Protozoa
« on: March 31, 2017, 10:14:10 PM »

Sargassum seaweed (fish removed), Kaiyodo Aquatales Series 2

Sargassum is a brown algae, like kelp, supergroup SAR (Stramenopiles, Alveolates, Rhizaria), a Stramenopile.
Previously classified in kingdom Protista.

Source of the seaweed: Sargassum fish, Histrio histrio

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