MIMICRY? NO, I’M IN A BAD MOOD

Yemen or Veiled Chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus, Duméril and Bibron 1851) Some species of chameleons, but not all, can change the colour of their skin. The principal reason to the change of tone is not the camouflage (mimicry) but the manifestation of certain physical or physiological, or emotional states such as…

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LEUCISM O ALBINISM?

White tigers are not true “albino” (it is not albinism) and are characterized by brown or black stripes and blue eyes  with pink nose. In fact, these specimens, are suffering from Leucism. Color variation is considered a mutation caused by a recessive gene that inhibits the yellow pigmentation of the…

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BORN TO BE SURVEYORS!

The Geometridae, from Latin geometres that means surveyors, (Geometridae, Leach, 1815) are a family of Lepidoptera (butterflies), which includes about 21,000 species. Most have cryptic drawing and coloring, suitable for camouflage in the environment, but some, such as those of the genus Abraxas, have vibrant aposematic colors, to warn predators to…

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RED LIKE A SHRIMP ….

Red Ibis or Scarlet Ibis  (Eudocimus ruber, Linnaeus 1758) As with flamingos, the bright red feathers comes from a carotene, canthaxanthin, present in certain types of fungi, algae clorofitas, bacteria, fish, shellfish and shrimp they feed on. In captivity, for lack of regular consumption of crustaceans, its plumage tends to…

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WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF WHITE BEAR?

The Polar Bear or White Bear (Ursus maritimus, Phipps 1774), large carnivorous mammal belonging to the family Ursidae, definitely looks white, but as the old saying goes, looks can be deceiving. The outer hairs of the bear are actually transparent, and its undercoat is really colourless. So why do Polar…

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