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  •   The Schweinitz Sunflower (now THERE is a tongue twister!) is an extremely rare species of sunflower. It also possesses an extremely limited habitat range. The United States Forest Service […]

    Schweinitz Sunflower

      The Schweinitz Sunflower (now THERE is a tongue twister!) is an extremely rare species of sunflower. It also possesses an extremely limited habitat range. The United States Forest Service […]

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  •   As the name implies, the Armored Sea Robin is a family of fish that are (incredibly!) covered in armor! They would be quite imposing if they were larger. The […]

    Armored Sea Robin

      As the name implies, the Armored Sea Robin is a family of fish that are (incredibly!) covered in armor! They would be quite imposing if they were larger. The […]

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  •   Mono Lake is a truly remarkable (and beautiful) lake in the Mono Basin, California. The geological processes behind its formation are sincerely fascinating! The Native Americans knew of the […]

    Mono Lake

      Mono Lake is a truly remarkable (and beautiful) lake in the Mono Basin, California. The geological processes behind its formation are sincerely fascinating! The Native Americans knew of the […]

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  •   The Ornithoptera Chimaera is an insect so are that it HAS no common name! This beautiful (and it IS… isn’t it?) butterfly is a member the birdwing family. The […]

    Ornithoptera Chimaera

      The Ornithoptera Chimaera is an insect so are that it HAS no common name! This beautiful (and it IS… isn’t it?) butterfly is a member the birdwing family. The […]

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  •   The Sugar Glider is a small and adorable (dare we say “sweet”) species of flying marsupial. Despite a resemblance, they are NOT related to flying squirrels. In actuality, they […]

    Sugar Glider

      The Sugar Glider is a small and adorable (dare we say “sweet”) species of flying marsupial. Despite a resemblance, they are NOT related to flying squirrels. In actuality, they […]

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  •   The Happy Alien (yes, that really IS its common name!) is a MOST unusual plant. The name (understandably) derives from the unique appearance of its blooms. It is endemic […]

    Happy Alien

      The Happy Alien (yes, that really IS its common name!) is a MOST unusual plant. The name (understandably) derives from the unique appearance of its blooms. It is endemic […]

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  •   The Deep Sea Hatchetfish is a collective term for a group of approximately 45 deep dwelling ocean species. Talk about a name that “cuts” right to the point! The […]

    Deep Sea Hatchetfish

      The Deep Sea Hatchetfish is a collective term for a group of approximately 45 deep dwelling ocean species. Talk about a name that “cuts” right to the point! The […]

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  •   Playa de Gulpiyuri is one of the smallest (but most amazing!) beaches in the world. It is actually an INLAND beach….NOT a river beach! Imagine that! This remarkable geological […]

    Playa de Gulpiyuri

      Playa de Gulpiyuri is one of the smallest (but most amazing!) beaches in the world. It is actually an INLAND beach….NOT a river beach! Imagine that! This remarkable geological […]

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  •   The Great Capricorn Beetle is a member of the “longhorn” family (I wonder WHY!). In the European portion of its range, it is considered the largest beetle. Look at […]

    Great Capricorn Beetle

      The Great Capricorn Beetle is a member of the “longhorn” family (I wonder WHY!). In the European portion of its range, it is considered the largest beetle. Look at […]

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  •   The Flemish Giant Rabbit is the largest species of rabbit known to man (no kidding!). These very docile giants have been bred since the early 16th century. This beautiful […]

    Flemish Giant Rabbit

      The Flemish Giant Rabbit is the largest species of rabbit known to man (no kidding!). These very docile giants have been bred since the early 16th century. This beautiful […]

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  •   The Rosary Pea is a plant whose brightly colored seeds are sought after for their beguiling beauty. However, that beauty hides a potentially DEADLY secret! The seeds of this […]

    Rosary Pea

      The Rosary Pea is a plant whose brightly colored seeds are sought after for their beguiling beauty. However, that beauty hides a potentially DEADLY secret! The seeds of this […]

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  •   The Cownose Ray is an interesting species of eagle ray. Now THERE is a name that creates a mental image! They are also one of the smallest species of […]

    Cownose Ray

      The Cownose Ray is an interesting species of eagle ray. Now THERE is a name that creates a mental image! They are also one of the smallest species of […]

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  •   Pewits Nest is another of those incredible wonders of geological beauty that remain almost unknown outside of its immediate area. That is SUCH a great pity! This is an […]

    Pewits Nest

      Pewits Nest is another of those incredible wonders of geological beauty that remain almost unknown outside of its immediate area. That is SUCH a great pity! This is an […]

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  •   The Golden Northern Bumblebee (what a name!) is an important pollinator within its habitat range. Sadly, the IUCN currently lists this insect as Vulnerable. This colorful species was, in […]

    Golden Northern Bumblebee

      The Golden Northern Bumblebee (what a name!) is an important pollinator within its habitat range. Sadly, the IUCN currently lists this insect as Vulnerable. This colorful species was, in […]

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  •   The Knysna Dwarf Chameleon is one of the smallest known chameleon species. It is also considered to be one of the most colorful of all its related species. However, […]

    Knysna Dwarf Chameleon

      The Knysna Dwarf Chameleon is one of the smallest known chameleon species. It is also considered to be one of the most colorful of all its related species. However, […]

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  •   Harpers Beauty is a rare plant, with a highly restricted habitation zone. Due to its scarcity, it is now monitored by the United States Forest Service. Proof that beauty […]

    Harpers Beauty

      Harpers Beauty is a rare plant, with a highly restricted habitation zone. Due to its scarcity, it is now monitored by the United States Forest Service. Proof that beauty […]

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  •   The Gray Whale is a remarkable cetacean. Sadly, they are also a highly threatened one, as well. One of their three known populations is already extinct. This population (endemic […]

    Gray Whale

      The Gray Whale is a remarkable cetacean. Sadly, they are also a highly threatened one, as well. One of their three known populations is already extinct. This population (endemic […]

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  •     The Bisti De-Na-Zin Wilderness (yes, that IS its real name!) is an extraordinary marvel of geology! The name derives from the original Native American name. The original Navajo […]

    Bisti De-Na-Zin Wilderness

        The Bisti De-Na-Zin Wilderness (yes, that IS its real name!) is an extraordinary marvel of geology! The name derives from the original Native American name. The original Navajo […]

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  •   Happy Face Spider is the common English name for the Theridion grallator. In the native Hawaiian language, it is (honestly!) called the nananana makaki’i. This translates LITERALLY as: “face-painted […]

    Happy Face Spider

      Happy Face Spider is the common English name for the Theridion grallator. In the native Hawaiian language, it is (honestly!) called the nananana makaki’i. This translates LITERALLY as: “face-painted […]

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  •   The Asian Palm Civet is a small-sized member of the Viverridae family. This means that they are actually (though admittedly distantly) related to felines! Somewhat difficult to imagine, isn’t […]

    Asian Palm Civet

      The Asian Palm Civet is a small-sized member of the Viverridae family. This means that they are actually (though admittedly distantly) related to felines! Somewhat difficult to imagine, isn’t […]

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