The Triangulate Cobweb Spider (Steatoda triangulosa) is an arachnid in the Theridiidae family of cobspiders and tangle-web spiders.
The Triangulate Cobweb Spider has a round, bulbous abdomen, a small head, and six thin, hairy, striped legs. It has dark-brown triangle-shaped patterns on the back of its light-brown abdomen. The female’s patterns appear zig-zagged.
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The Comma Butterfly (Polygonia c-album) is an insect in the Nymphalidae family of butterflies. It is also known as the Anglewing, due to its angular wings.
The Comma Butterfly is orange on the upperside of its wings with dark-brown to black markings and light spots on the edge. It has angular notches on the edges of its forewings (front wings). The underside is marbled brown. The hind wings (back wings) have a white spot in the shape of the letter C. It can look like fallen leaves when resting, which confuses its predators. It is a strong flier.
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The Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra) is a semi-aquatic mammal in the Mustelidae family of weasels and otters. It is also known as the European Otter, Common Otter, Old World Otter, and Eurasian River Otter.
The Eurasian Otter has a streamlined, elongated body, and a long, strong, flat tail. It has two layers of dense brown water-repellent fur, and a cream underbelly. It has a short neck, small dark eyes, a black nose, long white whiskers, and small rounded ears. It has five long toes and webbed feet to swim in water, but it needs air to breathe.
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The Brown-Banded Carder Bee (Bombus humilis) is an insect in the Apidae family of bumblebees.
The Brown-Banded Carder Bee has a yellow-orange fuzzy thorax. It has a broad dark-brown band on its abdomen. Its body has fluffy hairs. It has a rounded head with short antennae. Its rear legs are bare and shiny.
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The European Hobo Spider (Eratigena agrestis) is an arachnid in the Agelenidae family of funnel web spiders.
The European Hobo Spider varies in appearance. It has a light-brown body, and eight legs. Its two front legs are longer than its other legs. Its abdomen has a V-shaped pattern down the middle.
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The Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) is an insect in the Coenagrionidae family of dragonflies and damselflies. It is also known as the Common Bluet or the Northern Bluet.
The Common Blue Damselfly has a long, thin, cylindrical beige to cream body with a light-blue head and a light-blue bulbous tail. Its wings are long and translucent. The male is blue with black markings, and the female can be varied in colour.
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The Mulard Duck is a large wetlands bird in the Anatidae family of dabbling ducks. It is a hybrid between the Muscovy Duck (Cairina mschata) and the domestic duck called the Pekin Duck (Anas platyrhynchos domesticus). It is also spelled Moulard Duck. It is also known as the Mule Duck.
The Mulard Duck is white with a pale pink beak. It has pink or red wattles (loose skin) around its eyes and beak. It has a wide, flat tail. It has long claws on its webbed feet. Its eyes are brown.
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The Silk Moth (Bombyx mori) is an insect in the Bombycidae family of silk moths.
The Silk Moth has a heavy, bristly body and small wings. It is fair to light brown with thin dark bands across its body. Its wings are cream-coloured. It is not capable of sustained flight – it is only airborne for a short time.
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The Eurasian Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) is a bird of prey in the Falconidae family of falcons. It is also called the Common Kestrel or the European Kestrel. It is a raptor.
The Eurasian Kestrel is mainly light chestnut brown with blackish spots on its upperside. On the underside, it is buff with narrow blackish streaks. It has long wings and a long tail. The male has a blue-grey tail and the female has a brown tail with black bars. Its cere, feet, and eyerings are bright yellow. It has a dark beak and dark eyes.
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The Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus) is a non-venomous reptile in the Pythonidae family of constrictor snakes.
The Reticulated Python has smooth scales in 69-79 rows with a complex geometric pattern. It has irregular diamond shapes with smaller markings with light centres.
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The Dybowski’s Sika Deer (Cervus Nippon hortulorum) is a medium-sized ungulate (hoofed) mammal in the Cervidae family of deer. It is a cervid.
The Dybowski’s Sika Deer has light-brown fur. The colour becomes darker in winter. It has thin, delicate legs. The male, called a stag, has upright antlers. The female has a pair of black bumps on her forehead.
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The Tolai Hare (Lepus tolai) is a lagomorph mammal in the Leporidae family of hares.
The Tolai Hare is variable in colour, but it usually has pale-brown, sandy-grey, or brownish-yellow fur. It has a white underbelly. It has black-tipped elongated ears. It has long legs, a flexible neck, and a short, stub tail, called a scut, with a brownish-black stripe on the top. It has large incisors (front teeth) as well as cheek teeth. It has orange-brown eyes.
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The Green Rose Chafer (Cetonia aurata) is an insect in the Scarabaeidae family of beetles.
The Green Rose Chafer can be metallic green, bronze, copper, violet, grey, or blue-black. It has a metallic green V-shaped area between its wing cases (elytra), called a scutellum. Its underside is a coppery-brown colour.
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The Buzzing Spider (Anyphaena accentuata) is an arachnid (eight-legged invertebrate) in the Anyphaenidae family of spiders.
The Buzzing Spider is light-brown to greyish-brown with darker markings on its abdomen. Its thorax is darker than its abdomen. It legs are darker near is body and become paler toward the tips. It has a pair of antennae.
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The Turkish Crane Fly (Prionocera turcica) is a large insect in the Tipulidae family of crane flies.
The Turkish Crane Fly looks like a giant mosquito. It has six very long, thin, fragile legs. The legs easily drop off and re-grow. It has a large pair of translucent wings. Its segmented abdomen is long and grey. The male has a swollen tip on the end of his abdomen and the female has an ovipositor at the end of her abdomen, which is a tube to lay eggs.
The Turkish Crane Fly has black segmented antennae. Its nose, called a snout or a rostrum, has a beak-like tip, and the apical segment is long and protruded. Its compound eyes are large and dark.
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The Common Tree Frog (Polypedates leucomystax) is a small amphibian in the Rhacophoridae family of shrub frogs.
The Common Tree Frog is a light-green, slender frog, with a slightly flattened, smooth body. It can also be greyish, yellowish, or dark brown. It has lightly mottled markings, often with four faint lines or distinctive white spots. It has bulging eyes at the side of its head. Its hind feet are webbed with cushioned pads.
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The Yellow-Horned Horsefly (Hybomitra ciureai) is an insect in the Tabanidae family of biting horseflies, March flies, deerflies, and gadflies. It is a tabanid.
The Yellow-Horned Horsefly has a wide, greyish body, with orange-yellow on the side of its abdomen. It has a large head with large, compound eyes, and orange antennae. The female has scissor-like mouthparts that cut the skin of animals or humans. Its head and thorax have tiny bristles, but there are no hairs on its body. Its wings are clear or greyish-brown.
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The Mekong Minnow (Scaphiodonichthys acanthopterus) is a freshwater fish in the Cyprinidae family of carps and minnows. It is a cyprinid ray-finned fish.
The Mekong Minnow is silver with red fins and a darker tail fin. The fins of the male become darker red during the breeding season. Its body is elongated and cylindrical.
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What is the difference between the Goldfish (Carassius auratus) and the Koi Carp (Cyprinus rubrofuscus)?
The Goldfish has more colours and body, fin, and tail shapes than the Koi Carp.
The Goldfish does not have barbels (fleshy lobes) at the corner of its mouth, whereas the Koi Carp has barbels.
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The Koi Carp (Cyprinus rubrofuscus) is a freshwater fish in the Cyprinidae family of carp. Koi Carp are coloured varieties of the Amur Carp. It is a cyprinid fish.
The Koi Carp can be many colours, such as white, black, red, orange, yellow, blue, and cream. It is an oval-shaped fish with medium-to-large fins and tail. It has black eyes. It has short barbels on the corners of its mouth, like whiskers.
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