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libutron:

Hoatzin - Opisthocomus hoazin
Being one of the most peculiar South American birds, the Hoatzin, Opisthocomus hoazin (Opisthocomiformes - Opisthocomidae) is the only extant species of its genus and has its own family and order.
Hoatzins are large birds up to 66 cm in length, noisy and very territorial, especially during the breeding season. Their diet is made up completely of leaves, and the species has developed a special system that allows them to feed on leaves.
They have an enlarged crop in which symbiotic bacteria are stored and used to break down the cell walls of the leaves, allowing for them to be digested. This process is called foregut fermentation and hoatzins are the only birds with this type of digestive system. The bacteria within the crop also act as a source of nutrients for hoatzins by occasionally getting moved into their stomachs. The bacteria are introduced to young hoatzins when an adult regurgitates a sticky substance containing large amounts of the bacteria and feeds it to the young.
Reference: [1]
Photo credit: ©Jeff Dyck | Locality: Taracoa, Orellano, Ecuador (2014)

libutron:

Hoatzin - Opisthocomus hoazin

Being one of the most peculiar South American birds, the Hoatzin, Opisthocomus hoazin (Opisthocomiformes - Opisthocomidae) is the only extant species of its genus and has its own family and order.

Hoatzins are large birds up to 66 cm in length, noisy and very territorial, especially during the breeding season. Their diet is made up completely of leaves, and the species has developed a special system that allows them to feed on leaves.

They have an enlarged crop in which symbiotic bacteria are stored and used to break down the cell walls of the leaves, allowing for them to be digested. This process is called foregut fermentation and hoatzins are the only birds with this type of digestive system. The bacteria within the crop also act as a source of nutrients for hoatzins by occasionally getting moved into their stomachs. The bacteria are introduced to young hoatzins when an adult regurgitates a sticky substance containing large amounts of the bacteria and feeds it to the young.

Reference: [1]

Photo credit: ©Jeff Dyck | Locality: Taracoa, Orellano, Ecuador (2014)

lythronax-argestes-the-gore-king:

mephtheoocderp:

stunningpicture:

Turns out that dragons are real and they come from South Africa (Latin name ‘Smaug gigantaeus’)

this is a giant girdled lizard / sungazer lizard.
Here’s the Reddit thread this is being stolen from and the original Reddit thread on the matter

…can’t help but think of Raymond Hoser

lythronax-argestes-the-gore-king:

mephtheoocderp:

stunningpicture:

Turns out that dragons are real and they come from South Africa (Latin name ‘Smaug gigantaeus’)

this is a giant girdled lizard / sungazer lizard.

Here’s the Reddit thread this is being stolen from and the original Reddit thread on the matter

…can’t help but think of Raymond Hoser

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dimetrodone:

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The Slingjaw Wrasse
Peter Wainwright is a fish biologist at UC Davis and studies the many ways fish eat their food.  His lab has a YouTube page that shows an array of fish eating their prey. In the animation above the slingjaw wrasse essentially creates a suction tube to eat small fish by unhinging its jaw.

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The Slingjaw Wrasse

Peter Wainwright is a fish biologist at UC Davis and studies the many ways fish eat their food.  His lab has a YouTube page that shows an array of fish eating their prey. In the animation above the slingjaw wrasse essentially creates a suction tube to eat small fish by unhinging its jaw.

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