Easy, breezy, beautiful. Me.
Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
VAMPIRE DEER? SABRE TOOTH DEER?
Deer with Fangs: Not your mother’s Bambi
 Tufted Deer (Elaphodus cephalophus)
A species of small Asian deer characterized by a prominent tuft of black hair on the forehead and, in males, fang-like canines.
It is restricted to the forested mountains of northeast Burma and south central China (also known as the Golden Triangle) which reach heights of 4500 m above sea level, This and its crepuscular habits make study difficult.
Boophis (Boophis) ulftunni Wollenberg, Andreone, Glaw & Vences, 2008
B. ulftunni is found in and around the Masoala peninsula in north-eastern Madagascar. It lives in tropical rainforest.
Morphology & Colouration:
B. ulftunni is a small tree frog, reaching a total length of roughly 2.5 cm. Its hands are weakly webbed, while its feet are quite strongly webbed. The hands of males posses weakly developed nuptial pads, used to grip females during amplexus.
This frog is characterised by translucent green skin with pink/red-brown markings on the dorsum. The skin of the ventral surface of this frog is opaque.
The call of B. ulftunni is a series of trills. They call from high perches, between 2 and 4 metres above the ground, along streams.
B. ulftunni has not yet been added to the IUCN Red List, but a status of Data Deficient was proposed for it by Wollenberg et al. 2008.
B. ulftunni belongs to a group of frogs related to the B. microtympanum group, but shares few of their characteristics. It is morphologically similar to frogs of the B. mandraka group, but is not closely related to these. Within the B. ulftunni group are also B. baetkei and B. lilianae, which bear significant pattern differences and cannot be confused with this species.
It is likely that there are several yet undescribed species in the B. ulftunni group, as it appears to be fairly widespread in Madagascar.
Photos by Franco Andreone.
Wollenberg, K., F. Andreone, F. Glaw & M. Vences (2008) ‘Pretty in pink: A new treefrog species of the genus Boophis from North-Eastern Madagascar' Zootaxa 1684:58-68
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The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die | You Will Never Go To Space
Dazed and tired, we’re still standing. Always anxious, somehow breathing. Never certain but still searching.
The Knife, actually