Mysteries of this world are beyond our recognition. One of the most impressive exhibits in lebanon, is the museum of stuffed animals near Bnachee. The technical term is taxidermy(the act of preserving animals). Not so long ago i went there and I was amazed by some creatures. Their forms and patterns are just amazing.
Below are some examples of these amazing animals:
Paracentrotus lividus is a species of sea urchin.
- lividus has a circular, flattened greenish test (a hard shell of some spherical marine animals). The tests are usually purple but are occasionally other colours including dark brown, light brown and olive green.
– Location : found throughout the Mediterranean Sea and in the eastern Atlantic Ocean from western Scotland and Ireland to the Azores, Canary Islands and Morocco.
The butterfly is named for the mythological Adonis, the Greek god of beauty and desire.
- Location: Suriname, French Guiana, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, and Peru.
The owl butterflies or the genus caligo are known for their huge eyespots, which resemble owls’ eyes. The under wing pattern is highly cryptic (camouflage) It is known that many small animals hesitate to go near patterns resembling eyes with a light-colored iris and a large pupil, which matches the appearance of the eyes of many predators that hunt by sight and the main predators of Caligo are apparently small lizards such as Anolis.
- Location: They are found in the rainforests and secondary forests of Mexico, Central, and South America.
Attacus atlas (Atlas moth) is a large saturniid moth .Atlas moths were often considered the largest moths in the world in terms of total wing surface area.
- Location: found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, and is common across the Malay Archipelago.
Venus Flower Basket
The Venus’ flower basket is a hexactinellid sponge in the phylum Porifera.
In traditional Asian cultures, this particular sponge (in a dead, dry state) was given as a wedding gift because the sponge is the house of inquiline (aquatic invertebrates) where a male and a female live out their lives inside the sponge.
- Location: Inhabiting the deep ocean.
Sand dollars, like all members of the order Clypeasteroida, possess a rigid and flattened skeleton known as a test. The term “sand dollar” derives from the appearance of the skeletons of these dead species after being washed ashore. The test lacks its velvet-like skin of spines and has often been bleached white by sunlight.
- Location: found in the Northern Hemisphere in temperate and tropical waters.
“Is that a leaf?” this was the first thought that came to my mind when I first saw this creature! Phyllium pulchrifolium or leaf insect is the name given to herbivorous insects of leaf like appearance. Leaf insects are camouflaged to take on the appearance of leaves. They do this so accurately that predators often are not able to distinguish them from real leaves. In some species the edge of the leaf insect’s body even has the appearance of bite marks. To further confuse predators, when the leaf insect walks, it rocks back and forth, to mimic a real leaf being blown by the wind.
- Location: west Malaysia.
The white cockatoo (Cacatua alba), also known as the umbrella cockatoo. When surprised, it extends a large and striking head crest, which has a semicircular shape (similar to an umbrella, hence the alternative name). The white cockatoo is considered Endangered by the IUCN.Its numbers in the wild have declined owing to capture for the cage bird trade and habitat loss.
- Location: tropical rainforest on islands of Indonesia.
Grey Crowned Crane
The grey crowned crane is a bird in the crane family Gruidae. They have a breeding display involving dancing, bowing, and jumping. It has a booming call which involves inflation of the red gular sac. It also makes a honking sound quite different from the trumpeting of other crane species. Both sexes dance, and immature birds join the adults. Dancing is an integral part of courtship, but also may be done at any time of the year. It occurs in dry savannah in Africa south of the Sahara, although it nests in somewhat wetter habitats. This animal does not have set migration patterns.
- Location: It is found in eastern and southern Africa, and is the national bird of Uganda.
Museums are considered boring to some people, but trust me “the museum of stuffed animal” is a great opportunity to acknowledge some beautiful and rare creatures that we rarely see in our country. I highly recommend it.
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