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Ocellate River Stingray - Potamotrygon motoro
Potamotrygon motor (Rajiformes - Potamotrygonidae) is a species of freshwater stingray endemic to, and widespread throughout, several South American river systems.
These stingrays can be distinguished from closely related species by the presence of orange to yellow dorsal eyespots, each surrounded by a black ring, with diameters larger than the eyes. Body color is otherwise greyish-brown. They are oval in shape with a robust tail, bearing a venomous spine. Maximum total length has been reported at 100 centimeters and maximum weight at 15 kg, though individuals tend to be much smaller.
Reference: [1]
Photo credit: ©Jason Hering | Locality: Cuiaba river, Matto Grosso, Amazon, Brazil - captive (2008)

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Ocellate River Stingray - Potamotrygon motoro

Potamotrygon motor (Rajiformes - Potamotrygonidae) is a species of freshwater stingray endemic to, and widespread throughout, several South American river systems.

These stingrays can be distinguished from closely related species by the presence of orange to yellow dorsal eyespots, each surrounded by a black ring, with diameters larger than the eyes. Body color is otherwise greyish-brown. They are oval in shape with a robust tail, bearing a venomous spine. Maximum total length has been reported at 100 centimeters and maximum weight at 15 kg, though individuals tend to be much smaller.

Reference: [1]

Photo credit: ©Jason Hering | Locality: Cuiaba river, Matto Grosso, Amazon, Brazil - captive (2008)

Feeding Whale Sharks
In the Philippines, local people earn money by attracting whale sharks with food. Tourists pay for the chance to swim amongst these gentle giants. However, this practice has criticized by some conservationists, who say that this could encourage unnatural social behaviors.
Klaus Stiefel on Flickr

Feeding Whale Sharks

In the Philippines, local people earn money by attracting whale sharks with food. Tourists pay for the chance to swim amongst these gentle giants. However, this practice has criticized by some conservationists, who say that this could encourage unnatural social behaviors.

Klaus Stiefel on Flickr

Leaf Scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus)
As their name suggests, leaf scorpionfish are shaped like leaves which serves as a form of camouflage . Additionally, the fish will sway back and forth with the currents, completing the illusion.
Klaus Stiefel on Flickr

Leaf Scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus)

As their name suggests, leaf scorpionfish are shaped like leaves which serves as a form of camouflage . Additionally, the fish will sway back and forth with the currents, completing the illusion.

Klaus Stiefel on Flickr

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A live Artichoke drinking at a river
Because Artichokes are classified as vegetables for import into the U.S. due to an 18th century zoning loophole, few in the country are even aware that they’re the thorax and abdomen of an animal.
The Artichoke lives mostly in tropical regions and lives on a diet of ants and small insects which it siphons up with its long, hollow tongue. Artichokes are seldom raised on farms owing to their small size and the ease of their escape, instead they’re trapped for food and exported, often constituting as much as 80% of a nation’s economy.
Only the meat connecting the scales of the Artichoke is edible, most of its body being condensed squamous cells. It’s heart is edible however, and is considered a delicacy by some gustibators.

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A live Artichoke drinking at a river

Because Artichokes are classified as vegetables for import into the U.S. due to an 18th century zoning loophole, few in the country are even aware that they’re the thorax and abdomen of an animal.

The Artichoke lives mostly in tropical regions and lives on a diet of ants and small insects which it siphons up with its long, hollow tongue. Artichokes are seldom raised on farms owing to their small size and the ease of their escape, instead they’re trapped for food and exported, often constituting as much as 80% of a nation’s economy.

Only the meat connecting the scales of the Artichoke is edible, most of its body being condensed squamous cells. It’s heart is edible however, and is considered a delicacy by some gustibators.

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Imbabura Tree Frog - Hypsiboas picturatus 
Hypsiboas picturatus (Hylidae) is a highly colorful treefrog with extremely large eyes with yellow irises, a truncated snout, and variable coloration and patterning. The species occurs in southwestern Colombia and northwestern Ecuador, in the Pacific lowlands.
References: [1] - [2]
Photo credit: ©Angela León | Locality: Milpe, Ecuador (2013)

It’s that alien in Ben 10

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Imbabura Tree Frog - Hypsiboas picturatus 

Hypsiboas picturatus (Hylidae) is a highly colorful treefrog with extremely large eyes with yellow irises, a truncated snout, and variable coloration and patterning. The species occurs in southwestern Colombia and northwestern Ecuador, in the Pacific lowlands.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Angela León | Locality: Milpe, Ecuador (2013)

It’s that alien in Ben 10

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