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So I, a black guy, can be a total asshole to everyone not of my race and people will just blame white people? Sweet.

durkin62:

Well Tae will. I’m not sure if I’d refer to them as “people”. 

More like a set of organs with skin wrapped around it that managed to learn our language. 

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HOUSTON AUDUBON BEAK OF THE WEEK:

Great-horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

Family: Strigidae

Standing about 2 feet tall with a wingspan of up to 5 feet, the Great Horned Owl is the largest owl in Texas. The two large feather tufts on top of the head give it the appearance of having horns, hence the name.

Great horned owls are highly adaptable and use a broad range of habitats that includes deciduous and evergreen forests, swamps, desert, tundra edges, and tropical rainforest, as well as cities, orchards, suburbs, and parks. The birds may nest in a variety of sites including older nests of hawks, in the fork of large tree limbs, and holes and natural cavities in trees.

During their courtship phase, the deep bass, low key series of Hoo H’hoos can heard from a surprising distance as the birds call to each other or to announce their availability. It sounds like the owls are saying, “Who’s awake? Me too!”…

(read more: Houston Audubon)

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Leaf-footed bug (nymph) - Molchina sp.

A juvenile (nymph) of a coreid bug of the genus Molchina (Hemiptera - Coreidae). This genus is confined to South America with only one species recorded from Central America (Panama).

When handled or molested, these bugs often give off an unpleasant odor, a defensive secretion of the thoracic glands.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Arthur Anker | locality: Yasuni NP, Ecuador (2010) | [Top] - [Bottom]

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Gunther’s Triangle Frog - Ceratobatrachus guentheri

Also commonly known as Solomon Islands Eyelash Frog,Ceratobatrachus guentheri (Ceratobatrachidae) is a species of frog native to the Solomon Islands and Bougainville and Buka Island, Papua New Guinea. 

These frogs skip the tadpole stage, instead laying eggs on the forest floor that hatch directly into fully formed froglets.

In the past this species was exported in large numbers to Europe and other regions for the pet trade. Despite this it remains widespread and exceptionally abundant throughout the Solomon Islands.

References: [1] - [2] - [3]

Photo credit: ©Henk Wallays | Locality: unknown (2007)

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Umber-zoned Ringless Amanita - Amanita battarrae 

Amanita battarrae (some times written as A. battarae) is an European species. This is a very slender fungus, the cap is brown with olive hues;  may reach 7 cm in diameter and has a striated margin. The stem is long, cylindrical, thickening at the base, pale brown, ringless, and with a white volva stained in ocher.

Sometimes this species is considered synonym to Amanita umbrinolutea.

References: [1] - [2] - [3]

Photo credit: ©Erminio Ferrari | Locality: Antigorio Valley, Piedmont, northern Italy (2011)

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Spangled Cotinga - Cotinga cayana 
The Spangled Cotinga, Cotinga cayana (Passeriformes - Cotingidae) is a species endemic to South America. The species is sexually dimorphic with the male being a distinctive turquoise-blue with a large deep wine-red throat (photo); the female is a medium grayish with black spotted mottling, scaly in appearance. 
Reference: [1]
Photo credit: ©Douglas Janson (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) | Locality: Colombia (2011) - Photo unframed
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Spangled Cotinga - Cotinga cayana

The Spangled Cotinga, Cotinga cayana (Passeriformes - Cotingidae) is a species endemic to South America. The species is sexually dimorphic with the male being a distinctive turquoise-blue with a large deep wine-red throat (photo); the female is a medium grayish with black spotted mottling, scaly in appearance. 

Reference: [1]

Photo credit: ©Douglas Janson (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) | Locality: Colombia (2011) - Photo unframed

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Hairy Yellow Hermit Crab - Aniculus maximus 

Aniculus maximus (Decapoda - Diogenidae) is a species of hermit crab native to the Indo-Pacific area, characterized by its chelipeds and ambulatory legs intense golden or orange-yellow, trimmed in crimson, with scutes edged in white, and with setae yellowish to off white.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Barry Fackler | [Top: Papa 2 Ahupua’a, Captain Cook, Hawaii, 2014] - [Bottom: Keei, Hawaii, United States, 2011]

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Singapore Blue - Lampropelma violaceopes 

Maybe you do not like spiders much, but certainly this tarantula commonly known as Singapore Blue and scientifically as Lampropelma violaceopes (Theraphosidae) is awesome and … beautiful.

The females of this species are the most attractive because of its brilliant metallic blue colors, only apparent in good light. The abdomen has the same blue tint with singular red longish bristles and a “Tiger like” pattern edged in black radiating from the dorsal center down the sides of the abdomen. 

Sexual dimorphism applies, and males turn a monotone olive green after the ultimate molt. Slender legs and smallish abdomen of the male gives it a “ghostlike” appearance. Not really a pretty spider to look at, almost fluffy with bristles.

These tarantulas can grow up to 23 cm across. In the wild they occur in Malaysia and Singapore.

References: [1]

Photo credit: ©Jay Tougas | Locality: captive (2010)

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Misonne’s Spider Gecko - Rhinogecko misonnei

Also known as Misonne’s Swollen-nose Gecko, Rhinogecko misonnei (Gekkonidae) was first described in 1973 from Dasht-e-Lut, a large salt desert in southeastern Kerman, Iran. However, no other specimens were available until 2009 when three specimens were collected.

These geckos have nasal shields distinctly swollen and erect, forming a short tube-like structure. The dorsum is gray, light brown to gray-brown, with five broad dark brown crossbars, seven on tail; the limbs have broad brown bars less dark than those of body and tail; it has anterior labial scales with dark brown spots, and the venter is whitish.

This species is poorly known and only from the type locality in southeastern Iran, and also has been reported from Pakistan.

References: [1] - [2] - [3]

Photo credit: ©Omid Mozaffari (CC BY 2.0) | Locality: not indicated (2013) | [Top] - [Middle] - [Bottom]

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Living Stone - Dinteranthus vanzylii 

Dinteranthus vanzylii (Caryophyllales - Aizoaceae) is an intriguing solitary or clumping plant with attractive bodies and flowers that is very similar to Lithops in shape and colors but with no apparent dormant period.

The body is formed by two succulent leaves almost fully united, up to 4 cm tall and is sunken in the ground for most of the leaf length. The leaf pair forming a cone or a funnel with the leaf tips broad, flat, but sometime with a thin horny keel near the fissure. It is chalky white to clear paste or greyish with irregular red or brownish markings and dots.

As Lithops this species is also native to the Cape province, South Africa.

Reference: [1]

Photo credit: ©Etwin Aslander | Locality: South Africa (2011)

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