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Animals / The Secret Life of Lanthanotus
« on: May 02, 2017, 06:16:22 AM »
Reposting from the DTF:

The ancient and super cool Earless Monitor (Lanthanotus borneensis) has long been something of an enigma to herpetologists.  Most of what's known comes from specimens briefly held in captivity many decades ago or found dead by farmers and fishermen.  What we thought we knew of their biology was mostly just educated guesses, as wild specimens have rarely been observed.  Until now.

A new free-to-read paper on this species was recently published and sheds much needed light on their biology in the wild:

https://www.academia.edu/32375444/HIDDEN_IN_THE_HEART_OF_BORNEO-SHEDDING_LIGHT_ON_SOME_MYSTERIES_OF_AN_ENIGMATIC_LIZARD_FIRST_RECORDS_OF_HABITAT_USE_BEHAVIOR_AND_FOOD_ITEMS_OF_Lanthanotus_borneensis_STEINDACHNER_1878_IN_ITS_NATURAL_HABITAT

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AAA / "Lizard" Version 2 (AAA)
« on: March 15, 2013, 08:39:49 PM »
This is a review of the alternate version of AAA's "Lizard", with represents a species in the genus Calotes.  Like most AAA reptiles, the figure is life-sized and cast from a real taxidermy specimen.  It is a little over 30 cm in total length.
The striped coloration of this figure is also seen in some version 1 figures.  I'm unaware if the naturalistic color scheme of some version 1 figures is also available in this version 2 figure.

To see version 1 of this figure, and for some discussion on its species identity, go here:
http://www.animaltoyforum.com/index.php/topic,235.0.html






And now a comparison between versions 1 and 2.



Apart from the position of the head and back left foot, the two are nearly identical.  I wonder if they were actually cast from the same specimen that was just repositioned for version 2? ???

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Other/Miscellaneous / Common Torpedo (Nayab)
« on: March 09, 2013, 01:39:27 AM »
This is review of the "Electricray" (Common Torpedo, Torpedo torpedo) made by Nayab as a part of their Deep Sea World series (see Sphyrna18's comment).  The figure is made of hard plastic and is about 8 cm long, about 1:25 scale.  It is fairly accurate, although the dorsal and pelvic fins seem a little too large and the underside is missing gills and apparently a mouth.







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Animal toy lines / AAA's Reptiles and More
« on: February 10, 2013, 08:02:02 AM »
I'd like to compile a list (with photos) of all known figures and variants made by this somewhat mysterious company.

Key:
         * = cast from a real taxadermy specimen
         ?? = need species ID help!
         ? = questionable species ID

Lizards & Crocodilians:
- "Lizard" (Garden Lizard)*
   - 2 versions: smaller looking straight and larger looking to side
   - 2 variants of each: naturalistic brown and green, and striped light and dark green
- "Fiji Iguana" (Green Water Dragon)*
   - 2 versions: smaller looking straight and larger slightly curved
   - 3 variants: solid light green, light and dark green stripes, dark bluish green (large only?)
- "Australian Lizard" (Frilled Dragon)
- "Iguana" (Common Iguana)*
   - 2 versions: hatchling and adult
- "Spiny Lizard" (Pyramid Agama)*
   - 3 variants: green, gray, and brown
- "Forest Lizard" (Western Fence Lizard)*
- "Anole Lizard" (??)*
- "Gecko" (Tokay Gecko)*
   - 4 versions: large, large with open mouth, small, small with open mouth
   - 2 variants: dark brown and light brown
- "Flat-tailed Gecko" (Lined Leaf-tailed Gecko)*
- Crested Gecko*
- "Fat-tailed Gecko" (African Fat-tailed Gecko)*
- Solomon Island Skink*
- Blue-tongued Skink*
   - 2 versions: one facing left and the other facing right
- "Spiny Skink" (Short-tailed Spiny Skink)*
- "Girdled Lizard" (??)*
- "Monitor Lizard" (Nile Monitor?)*
- "Monitor Lizard" (Peach-throated Monitor)*
   - 2 variants: green with stripes and light brown
- "Monitor Lizard" (??) (brown, mouth closed, curved body)*
- "Monitor Lizard" (??)*
   - 2 variants: reddish brown with black stripes and light brown
- Gila Monster*
- Komodo Dragon
- "Tegus" (Golden Tegu)*
- "Common Chameleon" (Graceful Chameleon)*
   - 2 variants: "rainbow" and green
- Parson's Chameleon*
- "Alligator" (American Alligator)

Snakes:
- "Yellow Rat Snake" (Baird's Rat Snake)*
   - 2 versions: small and large
- "Snake" (Rough Green Snake)*
   - 3 versions: small with mouth open, medium, large
- "Rattlesnake" (??) (tan, diamond-backed)*
   - 2 versions: medium coiled and large uncoiled
- "Rattlesnake" (??)
- "Snake" (Indigo Snake?)*
   - 3 variants: chain-link patterned, green, gray with stripes
- "Snake" (Garter Snake?)*
- "Snake" (Amazon Tree Boa)*
   - 4 variants: chain-link pattern, green, black, gray with stripes
- "Black Racer" (North American Racer)*
   - 3 versions: small with mouth open, medium, large
- "Hatchling Snake" (??)
   - 4 verions: diamond-backed, black, gray, green
- "Python" (??) (gray with light blotches)*
- "Cobra" (??)*
   - 2 versions: large coiled and small uncoiled
   - 4 variants: striped, gray, black, brown
- "Snake" (??)
   - 3 variants: green, black, and yellow

Turtles:
- Chinese Pond Turtle*
- Blanding's Turtle*
- Reeve's Turtle*
- "Notched Turtle" (Keeled Box Turtle)*
- Alligator Snapping Turtle*
- "Snapping Turtle" (Big-headed Turtle)*
   - 2 versions: larger with head lowered and smaller with head raised
- "Notched Turtle" Asian Leaf Turtle*
   - 2 variants: green and brown
- "Sea Turtle" (Hawksbill Turtle)*
   - 3 versions: small, medium, and large
- "Sea Turtle" (Green Turtle)*
   - 2 versions: small and large
- "Tortoise" (??)
   - 2 versions: large and small
- Radiated Tortoise*
   - 4 versions: adult, hatchling emerging from egg, hatchling standing, hatchling hiding in shell

Amphibians:
- Narrow-mouthed Toad
   - 4 versions: 2 adults, juvenile, and tadpole
- "Toad" (??)
   - 3 versions: small, medium, and large
- "Frog" (??) (brown with dark spots or green with stripes)
   - 6 versions: tadpole, tadpole with hind legs, tadpole with all legs, brown froglet, adult brown frog, adult green frog
- Tiger Salamander
- "Salamander" (??)

Insects & Arachnids:
- "Praying Mantis" (Chinese Mantis?)
- "Grasshopper" (??)
- "Lady Bug" (??)
- "Scarab" (??)
- "Cicada" (Periodical Cicada?)
- "Weevil" (??)
- "Bumblebee" (??)
- "Dragonfly" (Green Darner)
- "Hercules Beetle" (Caucasus Beetle)*
- Stag Beetle*
- "Scorpion" (Emperor Scorpion)*
- "Tarantula" (??)*
- "Spider" (??)

Crustaceans:
- "Crab" (Crucifix Crab)*
   - 2 versions: small and large
- "Crab" (Dungeness Crab)*
   - 2 versions: small and large
- "Crab" (Mud Crab)*
- Oratosquilla (Mantis Shrimp)*
- Tiger Prawn*
- "Lobster" (American Lobster)*
   - 2 versions: small and large
   - 2 variants: red cooked and green natural
- Spiny Lobster*
- "Hermit Crab" (??)*

Other Invertebrates:
- Goeduck Clam*
- Tuba False Fusus*
- "Scallop"*
- "Clam" (Quahog)*
- "Jack-knife Clam" (Pod Razor)*
- "Sea Mussel" (Asian Green Mussel)*
- "Oyster" (Pacific Oyster)*
- "Pinna Clam"*
- "Cuttlefish" (??)*
- "Octopus" (??)
- "Starfish" (??)*
- "Starfish" (??)*
- "Starfish" (??)*
- "Jellyfish" (??)
   - 2 versions: yellow tentacles and green tentacles
- Earthworm*

Fish:
- "Devil Fish" (Winter Skate)*
   - 2 versions: tail lowered and tail raised
- "Salmon" (Chinook Salmon)*
   - 2 versions: small and large
- "Moray Eel" (Viper Eel?)*
   - 2 variants: green with yellow spots and white with black spots
- "Seahorse" (??)*
- Great White Shark
   - 2 versions: small and large
- "Shark" (??)
- "Hammerhead Shark" (??)
- "Tiger Shark" (??)
   - 2 versions: small and large
   - 3 variants: light gray, dark gray, yellow
- "Bluefin Tuna" (??)
- "Flying Fish" (??)
- Sailfish
- "Gulper Eel" (Pelican Eel)
- "Bat Fish" (Monk Fish)
- "Loosejaw" (Black Loosejaw)
- "Dragon Fish" (??)
- "Lantern Fish" (Barrel-eye)
- Dangle Fish
- "Viperfish" (Pacific Viperfish)
- "Hatchetfish" (??)
- Manta Ray
   - 3 versions: small, medium, and large
- "Fish" (Cod sp?)
- "Fish" (Bluegill?)

Mammals:
- "Kangaroo" (??)
   - 2 versions: standing and hopping
- Right Whale (??)
   - 2 versions: tail angled and tail straight
- Humpback Whale
- Blue Whale
- Orca
- Sperm Whale
- Hippopotomus
   - 2 versions: adult and calf
- "Manatee" (Dugong)
- African Elephant
   - 3 versions: head turned, trunk raised, calf
- White Rhinoceros
- Cow
   - 2 versions: adult female and calf
- "Buffalo" (American Bison)
- Wildebeast
- Sheep
   - 2 versions: adult and lamb
- Goat
   - 2 versions: nanny and kid
- Giraffe
   - 2 versions: adult and baby
   - 2 variants: white background and yellow background
- "Zebra" (??)
   - 3 versions: adult looking striaght, adult looking right, foal
- Donkey
   - 3 versions: adult, foal sitting, foal standing
- Horse
   - 1 version: Clydesdale
- "Deer" (??)
   - 3 versions: buck, doe, and fawn
- Moose
- Warthog
- Pig
   - 4 versions: male with mouth open, male with mouth closed, sow, piglet
- "Camel" (Bactrian Camel)
- Orangutan
   - 4 versions: female with baby, male walking, subadult walking, standing female with baby
- "Gorilla" (??)
   - 2 versions: sitting, silverback crouched
- Chimpanzee
   - 5 versions: baby sitting, adult with bananas, adult walking with baby on back, adult sitting, adult crouching
- Proboscis Monkey
- Mandrill
- Ring-tailed Lemur
   - 2 variants: darker and lighter white areas
- Giant Anteater
- "Armadillo" (Nine-banded Armadillo)*
   - 2 versions: baby and adult
- "Porcupine" (??)*
- Beaver
- Pangolin (??)*
   - 2 versions: baby and juvenile
- Three-toed Sloth
- Polar Bear
- Brown Bear
   - 4 versions: adult, cub standing x 2, cub sitting
- "Black Bear" (??)
- "Panda" (Giant Panda)
   - 3 versions: adult, cub sitting, cub standing
- Cheetah
   - 4 versions: adult, juvenile, adult sitting, adult lying
- Tiger (??)
   - 3 versions: adult, standing cub, sitting cub
- Mountain Lion
- "Lion" (African Lion)
   - 5 versions: less detailed male, more detailed male, lioness, cub playing, cub standing
- House Cat
   - 3 versions: gray, orange, black and white
- Snow Leopard
   - 3 versions: adult, cub playing, cub standing
- Spotted Hyena
- "Hyena" (Brown Hyena?)
- "Fox" (Red Fox)
- "Wolf" (Gray Wolf?)
   - 2 versions: adult and cub
- Walrus
- "Seal" (Harp Seal)
   - 2 versions: adult and pup
- "Sealion" (Fur Seal sp?)

Birds:
- "Ostrich" (Common Ostrich)
- "Penguin" (Emperor Penguin)
   - 4 versions: adult large, adult small, 2 chicks
- Indian Peafowl
- "Flamingo" (Greater Flamingo?)
- Brown Pelican
- "Pelican" (Dalmatian Pelican?)
- "Owl" (Snowy Owl)
- "Eagle" (Bald Eagle)
   - 2 versions: perched and flying
- "Hawk" (??)
   - 2 versions: perched on slanted log and perched on upright log
- Sulfur-crested Cockatoo
- "Green Parrot" (??)
- Yellow-fronted Amazon
- Blue and Yellow Macaw
- "Red Macaw" (Scarlet Macaw)
- "Toucan" (Toco Toucan)
   - 2 versions: large standing and smaller perched
- "Toucan" (??)
- "Pintail Duck" (Canada Goose)
- "Hooded Merganser" (Bufflehead)
- Mallard
- Wood Duck
- Dodo
- Common Kingfisher

I'll update the list as new ones come to my attention. :)  Be sure to let me know if I've messed up or missed anything! ;)


Now for some photos:


Rough Green Snake


Garden Lizard


Big-headed Turtle

Now let's see your photos! :D

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Animal toys (general) / "Does This Exist?" Thread
« on: February 06, 2013, 06:42:04 AM »
A thread for people wanting know if a certain species has ever been made in figure form. :)


I'll start I suppose, with a question that's a little more specific:  Did Safari ever make a Parson's Chameleon?

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This is a review of Safari's Shark Ray (Rhina ancylostoma).  Technically called a Bowmouth Guitarfish, this replica is about 13 cm long, which puts it at near 1:20 scale.  The coloration is accurate, although the deep blue of the body is more like that of juveniles than adults which are brownish-gray.







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This is a review of the Pacific White-sided Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens), from Safari's Monterey Bay Aquarium Collection.  It is 11 cm in length, about 1:20; it is also currently retired, but is still occasionally found on ebay.






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This is a review of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Collection's Tiger Shark (Galeocerdo cuvier), produced by Safari.  It is 21 cm in length, about 1:20 scale.  It is one of the best, if not the best, Tiger Shark figures on the market.






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Other/Miscellaneous / Commerson's Dolphin - Large (Play Vision)
« on: January 20, 2013, 07:39:44 PM »
This is a review of the large Play Vision Commerson's Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus commersonii).  It is 14 cm long (about 1:15 - 1:10 scale), much larger than its smaller PV counterpart.  This particular individual was purchased at Sea World San Diego, one of the few aquariums that maintain this species.  This figure has some accuracy issues, as its coloration is slightly off, the dorsal fin is much too long, and the pectoral flippers should be more rounded.






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AAA / "Snake" (AAA)
« on: January 20, 2013, 01:34:01 AM »
This is a review of the AAA "snake", which is more specifically a Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus), despite its smooth appearance.  It is 1:1 scale (cast from an actual specimen) and is 113 cm in length.  There appears to be a another version out there as well, with a slightly raised head.  There may also be a mini version with an open mouth.






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This is a review of the Safari, Monterey Bay Aquarium line, Blue Shark (Prionace glauca).  It is about 18 cm long, about 1:20 scale.  Like all the others from this line it is retired(not really, see Brontodocus's comment below), but it is still fairly easy to find on ebay, amazon, and even some aquarium gift shops.






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AAA / "Lizard" (AAA)
« on: January 10, 2013, 02:00:52 AM »
This is a walk around for the AAA "Lizard".

At just over 30 cm in total length, it appears to be cast from a specimen of the genus Calotes, or possibly Dendragama.  It's difficult to say what species it is exactly, its coloration most closely matches the Forest Crested Lizard C. emma, which is also about the right size, but AAA replicas are often incorrectly colored.  However, C. emma should have a pair of small spines above the eyes as well as larger spines down the back.  Taking this and the geographic distribution of various species into account, the most likely suspect is the common Garden Lizard, C. versicolor, although the color only somewhat resembles that of a female.  The genus Dendragama is very similar to Calotes, and as such this specimen may actually be D. boulengeri, Boulenger's Tree Lizard, which is also a fair match for color and scale pattern.






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Classifieds / Deep Sea Fish [possibly] for Sale
« on: December 29, 2012, 11:31:33 PM »
Some time in the next few weeks I'll probably be going to the Birch (aka: Scripps) Aquarium in San Diego, California.  This is where I purchased this set of small deep sea fish several years ago.

Left-right, top-bottom: Loosejaw, dragonfish, barreleye, footballfish, hatchetfish, batfish, Danglefish, & pelican eel
As these are clearly based off AAA's deep sea fish, I suspect there may also be a viperfish.

Of course there's no garuntees that they'll still have them, but on the off chance they do, I'd be more than happy to pick up as many as needed for those who want them. ^-^

PM me if interested.  In the event that there are uneven numbers of the figures, the most complete set will go to whoever PM'd me first, and so on.  I don't have paypal.  Buyer pays for shipping, unless it's a trade.  I'll have to inform you on prices after purchase, I can't imagine it'd be more than $5 per figure.  If you'd prefer to trade let me know what you have on offer. ;)  I'm interested in a wide variety of fish, herptiles, birds, and paleo creatures.

If I recall correctly, their gift shop was quite extensive.  Let me know if there's anything else you want me look for. :)

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This thread is dedicated to that diverse group of lizards known as Iguanians.

This encompasses the agamids and dragons, the chameleons, the helmeted and basilisk lizards, the collared and leopard lizards, various iguanas, swifts and spiny lizards, anoles, and curly-tails.

I have many to share, but to kick this thread off I'll start with one of my favorites  :):

AAA "Lizard" cast from a real specimen.  It appears to be a Calotes sp. or perhaps  Japalura sp.

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Books, film, and other media / Field Guide Reference Thread
« on: December 23, 2012, 12:27:43 AM »
A thread for examining field guides.  Feel free to share your favorites too! :))

One of my goals in life to is to get enough field guides to cover every terrestrial vertebrate species in the world!  I'm almost done with birds, mammals are half way done (but finding comprehensive guides to them is really difficult), reptiles and amphibians will be the stumbling block probably as there are some major holes.  Here's a list of all the guides I'd recommend for various regions of the world.  Since it's a long list, we'll start with birds.

Birds:
- Field Guide to the Birds of North America (NatGeo, 6th, 2011): Extremely comprehensive and all around excellent!
- Birds of Melanesia (Princeton, 2011): Comprehensive and with good illustrations, the text and plates are mostly seperate though
- Birds of South America, Non-Passerines (Princeton Illustrated Checklist, 2006): The best of the checklists, highly recommend, includes Galapagos
- Field guide to the Songbirds of South America, The Passerines (Texas, 2009): comprehensive, not every species is illustrated but all are given text and have a range map, does not include Galapagos
- Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands, An Identification Guide (Wild Guides, 2nd, 2005): comprehensive, uses composites of photos not illustrations, good info and range maps
- Birds of Mexico and Central America (Princeton Illustrated Checklist, 2006): the only guide to all of this region, includes vagrants, range maps also show relative abundance, illustration okay but not great, text minimal
- A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific (Princeton, 1989): a little dated taxanomically but still the best to the region
- The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds (New Holland, 2006): very good, range maps don't show seasons, shows eggs for each species, I suspect the Princeton verison is probably at least as good but I don't own it to say for certain
- Birds of East Asia (Princeton, 2009): excellent, but when they say east Asia they really mean northeast Asia so don't expect to get all of China or any of southeast Asia
- Birds of Britain and Europe (Peterson, 1993): good but not great, anyone have a more up-to-date bird guide to this area?
- Birds of the West Indies (Princeton, 2003): excellent, tends to scatter different plumages of some birds on different pages though
- The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand (Penguin Books, 2005): highly recommend, includes a chapter on the best birding sites in New Zealand, also includes many distant islands and recently extinct species, taxonomy could use an update
- A Comprehensive Illustrated Field Guide to the Birds of Africa South of the Sahara (Struik Nature, 2003): highly recommend, all around excellent!
- Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands (Struik Nature, 2003): includes Madagascar and all surrounding islands, highly recommend, includes a chapter traveling and birding tips for the various islands
- Birds of Europe, Russia, China, and Japan (two volumes, non-passerines and passerines)(Princeton Illustrated Checklist, 2009 & 2007 respectively): covers all the holarctic including north africa and many islands and small countries not mentioned in the title, illustrations good, range maps very small and some are nearly useless, only guide to cover central Russia and a few other areas
- Birds of the Middle East (Princeton, 2nd, 2010): all around excellent
- Birds of India (Princeton, 1999): covers all the Indian subcontinent, very good but could probably use an update
- A Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java, and Bali (Oxford, 2009): excellent, the only guide to cover all of the Greater Sundas, Princeton makes a guide to just Borneo which is very good but for the same size this one covers more
- Birds of Southeast Asia (Princeton, 2005): very good overall but no range maps
- A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines (Oxford, 2000): highly recommend, excellent and the only one of its kind

Princeton recently released two other bird guides, one to Mongolia, and one to the "-stans" of central Asia.  I suspect both are excellent.  A third, covering Hawaii, the tropical Pacific, and New Zealand, is quite poor with little text and poor illustrations, the only thing it has going for it is that it's up-to-date taxanomically.

If your keeping track, you'll notice that a number of random islands (mainly in the southern hemisphere and the Atlantic) and the Lesser Sundas (Sulawsei, New Guinea, etc) don't have guides in production.  Princeton has been planning a guide to New Guinea for several years and it's due to come out some time next year, but it's been delayed a number of times before so I'm not too hopeful.   Antarctica is essentially covered by these other guides.

Herps:
- A Field Guide the Reptiles of South-East Asia (New Holland, 2010): the only comprehensive guide to the region, not every species is illustrated but all get text, some of the numbering on the illustrations is off, includes mainland and Greater Sundas
- Western Reptiles and Amphibians of North America (Peterson, 2003): Could use an update but is still good, range maps at back, includes Baja California
- Eastern and Central Reptiles and Amphibians of North America (Peterson, 1998): Really needs an update, little distinction between what are subspecies and what are full species which gets confusing, range maps in text away from color plates.
- Field Guide to the Frogs of Australia (CSIRO, 2009): Excellent all around!
- Reptiles and Amphibians of Europe (Princeton, 2002): Very good illustrations, range maps, and text
- Reptiles of Australia (Princeton, 2003): Highly highly HIGHLY recommend!  Even includes species known only from specimens, uses photos not illustrations, includes photos of most color variations
- Lizards of the American Southwest (Rio Nuevo): highly recommend, excellent photos, lizard finding tips for each species, and good notes on range and variation.  If only a similar guide existed for other reptiles!
- Reptiles of Central America (Herpeton, 2nd, 2008): highly recommend, suitable for both the novice and hardcore herpetologist alike, good to excellent photos of nearly all species, good range maps, not too much info per species, prefered habitat not given for each species but prefered elevation is.

Biggest holes are most of South America, Mexico, the West Indies, the Lesser Sundas, random islands, much of Asia, and much of Africa.  Several guides exist for Madagascar, but they're pricey and I don't own them yet.  Non-comprehensive guides exist for many regions, those about south and east Africa seem close to being comprehensive though.

Mammals:
- Guide to Marine Mammals of the World (National Audubon Society, Andrew Stewart Pub., 2008): Highly recommend, excellent illustrations and info, taxonomy could use a slight update
- Mammals of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East (A&C, 2009): very good and comprehensive
- Mammals of North America (Peterson, 2006): very good and comprehensive, range maps are in text
- The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals (Princeton Pocket Guides, 2004): excellent for such a small guide, comprehensize on larger species less so on rodents and bats, range maps a little confusing but very detailed
- A Field Guide the Mammals of central America and Southeast Mexico (Oxford, 2009): very comprehensive and excellent
- A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia (Oxford, 2004): highly recommend, excellent text and illustrations, includes recently extinct species

A series of three guides exists for South America and seems quite good.  Guides exist for China, Southeast Asia, India (not comprehensive), Madagascar, and New Zealand.

Fish:
- Freshwater Fish of North America (Peterson, 1991): good, could probably use an update, not all plates are in color
- Coral Reef Fishes (Princeton Pocket Guide, 2002): surprisingly comprehensive but appears to ignore the east Pacific, still excellent overall
- Sharks of the World (Princeton): excellent, as already mentioned

The most difficult group to finds books for, perhaps I should search by family rather than by location.  Books exist for Europe; New Zealand; the coasts of North America, Australia, and Europe; and there's an out of print book on Australian freshwater fish.

Inverts:  Princeton makes two excellent guide to the dragon and damselflies of North America (east and west).  For butterflies I prefer the Kaufman guide for North America.  Oxford makes guides on the stick insects, grasshoppers and katydids, dragon and damselflies, and butterflies of Australia.  I have the butterfly one and it's excellent.  Other insect guides out there seem to be restricted to Europe and New Zealand.  Less than comprehensive guides exist for other regions.

There are many more excellent guides out there I'm sure, these are just the ones I have personal experience with. :)

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Animals / Bornean Swamp Crocodile?
« on: December 19, 2012, 09:24:38 PM »
Is there such a thing as a Bornean Swamp Crocodile, Crocodylus raninus?  It's mentioned in a book I have, A Field Guide to the Reptiles of South-East Asia by Indraneil Das, but is not illustrated and there is minimal text on it.  There seems to be little on the web. ???

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Animal groups / Going Batty!!!
« on: December 15, 2012, 01:00:56 AM »
This thread is dedicated to those remarkable flying mammals, the bats!
So whether it's a Little Brown Bat or a giant Flying Fox, post 'em here! ;D

Here's my pitiful bat collection: :)



These six bats look like they could have been made by PV, but they're not.  I'd love some help IDing the species! ;)


I bought a whole bunch of these bats at a Halloween store because they looked surprisingly good.  They look a bit like a flying fox and a vampire bat.  I also saw at that store a bat that looked like it was cast from a real specimen (looked like a "brown bat" sp); it was attached to a necklace.  I regret not purchasing it.

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New Members / V-Z Here
« on: December 08, 2012, 01:51:52 AM »
Hello everyone and glad to be here! ;D

I'm Varanus, more commonly known as Zopteryx on DTF. :))

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