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Species identification thread (real animals)

Started by Owen Leo, March 13, 2016, 02:11:56 PM

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Owen Leo

Hey guys am doing my final college science project and i chose to specilise with research on monkeys and baboons. So far I've learned that there are so many rare species of monkeys that I never knew existed, like the Eulemur flavifrons, Propithecus candidus and the Varecia rubra. I am already half-way with the research but am facing some challenges especially with identification of some  species. Today i came across a monkey with big nose on the internet that I've never seen before and I've not been able to gather much information about it so far. I really need to include it in my project,since it may earn me bonus marks. Has someone come across a similar species? Any information about it shall be very much useful to my studies and future career. Please assist me.


stemturtle


Proboscis monkey, Nasalis larvatus, by K&M

Hi Owen Leo. The proboscis monkey is described on Wikipedia.

Owen Leo


AcroSauroTaurus

Can anyone identify what species of duck this is? I'm thinking its a natural hybrid, but i'm not sure. It is about twice the size of a Mallard.
I am the Dinosaur King!

stargatedalek

Quote from: AcroSauroTaurus on March 18, 2016, 06:24:58 AM
Can anyone identify what species of duck this is? I'm thinking its a natural hybrid, but i'm not sure. It is about twice the size of a Mallard.

Looks like a mallard/peking hybrid.

Newt

I know we've got some beetle experts on here, so here are two elaterids and a tenebrionid, all from northwest Georgia, USA. Any thoughts?









bmathison1972

#6
From top to bottom:

Limonius griseus
Melanotus sp., prob M. americanus (if <10 mm)
Meracantha contracta

I am a click beetle specialist (top two) and am writing a monograph of the click beetles of the Southeast, that will include TN and GA

Newt

Thanks, Blaine! I'd love to get a copy of your monograph when it's available.

AcroSauroTaurus

I was fishing this morning and caught this young one inch fish, I have never seen this species before. Anyone know what it is? I know its in the Sunfish/Bluegill family, but beyond that, I don't know.
I am the Dinosaur King!

sbell

Quote from: AcroSauroTaurus on July 21, 2016, 05:37:39 AM
I was fishing this morning and caught this young one inch fish, I have never seen this species before. Anyone know what it is? I know its in the Sunfish/Bluegill family, but beyond that, I don't know.


Assuming it is form your listed home state, and the orange spots, it's probably an orangespotted sunfish, Lepomis humilis!

AcroSauroTaurus

Quote from: sbell on July 21, 2016, 10:58:01 PM
Quote from: AcroSauroTaurus on July 21, 2016, 05:37:39 AM
I was fishing this morning and caught this young one inch fish, I have never seen this species before. Anyone know what it is? I know its in the Sunfish/Bluegill family, but beyond that, I don't know.


Assuming it is form your listed home state, and the orange spots, it's probably an orangespotted sunfish, Lepomis humilis!

Yes, I was in my home state. And thanks for the identification, I've never heard of that species. Its a really beautiful looking fish!
I am the Dinosaur King!

bmathison1972

Quote from: Newt on June 21, 2016, 02:20:18 AM
Thanks, Blaine! I'd love to get a copy of your monograph when it's available.

you should post your images to the BugGuide website (http://bugguide.net/welcome). If you post these three beetles do it at the species level and make a note I identified them (I curate beetle images on that site)

Newt

Will do, Blaine!


Acro - good catch! The o-spot is even prettier as an adult. Like many sunfish, it's poorly known to the public because it's too small to be desirable to anglers. All sunnies make great aquarium fish - feisty but hardy.

AcroSauroTaurus

Quote from: Newt on August 02, 2016, 02:20:06 AM
Will do, Blaine!


Acro - good catch! The o-spot is even prettier as an adult. Like many sunfish, it's poorly known to the public because it's too small to be desirable to anglers. All sunnies make great aquarium fish - feisty but hardy.

I searched images of it, and apparently it only gets like a few inches long when full grown, so the one I caught was supposedly almost full grown and only about 1 1/2in. And unlike most anglers, I think all fish are desirable!
I am the Dinosaur King!

Arctinus

#14
I came across these recently, but I can't seem do identify them. Does anyone know which species they belong to? Sorry for the bad-quality photos.


This one was found in the middle of a paved road that leads through a mixed forest.







These were all found in Slovenia, southern central Europe:

Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

~Anatole France

bmathison1972

Hi @Arctinus

I haven't looked at European insects in a while, but:

1. The caterpillar at the top is the family Limacodidae, maybe genus Lithacodes

2. The beetle is a cetoniine. Tropinota squalida is hairy like that (is that mud on the body, or are those actual maculae?)

3. The third looks like a nyphalid caterpillar of sorts.

Others on the forum from Europe @sirenia @Isidro @animaltoyforum may give you specifics

Arctinus

Quote from: bmathison1972 on November 05, 2020, 02:37:24 PM
Hi @Arctinus

I haven't looked at European insects in a while, but:

1. The caterpillar at the top is the family Limacodidae, maybe genus Lithacodes

2. The beetle is a cetoniine. Tropinota squalida is hairy like that (is that mud on the body, or are those actual maculae?)

3. The third looks like a nyphalid caterpillar of sorts.

Others on the forum from Europe @sirenia @Isidro @animaltoyforum may give you specifics

Thanks, Blaine!  ;D

1. It seems the first one could indeed belong to the genus Lithacodes, though, sadly, I can't find much about their distribution (other than that they seem to be present in eastern USA) and I certainly can't find anything at all in Slovenian.

2. From what I remember, it wasn't mud. And it was barely moving, so perhaps it was at the end of its lifespan.  :(

3. Forgot to mention the last two photos are of two different caterpillars (so there are actually four different species in my post). :D

I'll still wait for other forum members, in case they know more about these little critters.  ^-^
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

~Anatole France

Isidro

Yes it's mud (or more probably hardened pollen). Not possible to tell down to species level with this photo.
3. caterpillar of Acronicta rumicis. A noctuid moth, not a nymphalid.
4. caterpillar of an arctiid moth, most likely Phragmatobia fuliginosa.


Arctinus

I think it might've been hardened pollen. *inserts the contemplative emoji*

Thank you, @Isidro^-^
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

~Anatole France

Arctinus

Can anyone tell which species this is? I believe it's a lizard, but can't tell exactly which species. The photos were taken somewhere in Slovenia. Its author believes it's a snake, but I think it'a lizard.  ???
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

~Anatole France