This lovely little fellow is native to the Americas. This species of beetle ranges in color from reddish-brown with little black spots to gold, and sometimes even metallic, earning them the nickname “gold bug”.
They tend to change color in different conditions, such as during times of disturbance, like when it is touched by a researcher.
It resembles a fox, it has 'wolf' in its name, but this canine creature is actually neither. It is, so far, the only species in the “Chrysocyon” genus. The name means “Golden Dog.” It's the largest canine in South America, standing thirty-five inches at the withers (which is the shoulder blades of an animal that walks on four legs).
Living in the South American savanna, it's an important part of the environment, especially in seed dispersal. You see, the maned wolf eats fruit, and then...the seeds are...dispersed. Its loud call is called “roar-barking,” but it communicates mostly through scents. They're handsome fellas to be sure.
Australian Peacock Spider
Australia has lots and lots of weird animals. Many of them are dangerous, too, though this colorful guy here doesn't seem to be very dangerous, since it's only five millimeters across. They're also just so fabulous.
With the scientific name “Maratus Jactatus,” these spiders also have a moniker that's much more whimsical: Sparklemuffin, which comes from the researcher that discovered it, Madeline Girard. The males of these colorful spiders not only have a big, beautiful body to attract the ladies but they also coyly lift a leg off the ground to signal to the gals that they're ready to woo.
The blobfish inhabits the deep waters off the coasts of Oceania, mostly mainland Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. It is primarily a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water, which allows it to float above the seafloor without using much energy on swimming.
They only appear so droopy once they are taken out of the sea when pressure changes drastically.
This incredibly rare mammal is native to Central Africa, mainly residing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Despite their zebra-like stripes, they are actually more closely related to giraffes.
The Okapi's chocolate coat is a reddish-brown shade, much in contrast with the white horizontal stripes and rings on the legs and white ankles.