Specimen #016 Carnival Ants of Gamboa

Date: March 18, 2019 Location: Gamboa, Panama Collected by: DiNaLab Observations: every year, usually around March, near the town of Gamboa, this unidentified species of ants has been observed collecting fallen flowers and using them as colourful masks in prolonged processions and competitive dance rituals, believed by some to be an ancient celebration of Spring. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fandrew.quitmeyer%2Fvideos%2F2574062975957122%2F&show_text=0&width=476

Specimen #015 Strobilus Cnydaria

Date: July 7, 2018 Location: Koh Lon, Thailand Collected by: DoAR (DiNaCon Field Lab) Observations: This unusual plant thrives in intertidal zones. The stem produces a hard pod at its crown that attracts coral polyps which stick to its perforated surface and provide the plant with nutrients. Methods: PlantSnap was misused to identify a non-vegetable sample

Specimen #014 – Dracula marina

Date: July, 2018 Location: Koh Lon, Thailand Collected by: DoAR (DiNaCon Field Lab) Observations: This macabre species of orchids blooms by the full moon on humid sandy beaches, during the monsoon season. It emits a putrid fish smell to attracts its pollinators. Methods: PlantSnap was misused to identify a non-vegetable sample

Specimen #013 – Rhyticeros panpiped

Date: July, 2018 Location: Koh Lon, Thailand Collected by: David Bowen / #DiNaCon Observations: The R. panpiped also known as the ‘tropical hautboy’ is a species of hornbill that, after being isolated on a remote tropical island (probably as a result of a strong hurricane), has evolved its upper casque into a highly convoluted series of…

Specimen #012 – Formificus

Date: July, 2018 Location: Koh Lon, Thailand Collected by: DoAR (DiNaCon Field Lab) Observations: This rare family of ants is prized for their sweet fig-flavoured nectar produced by fungal colonies living inside their gastris. They can be easily picked from trees in early Autumn, when the juice accumulated during the Summer makes them plump and heavy….

Specimen #011 – Ascapus fontana

Date: July, 2018 Location: Koh Lon, Thailand Collected by: DoAR (DiNaCon Field Lab) Observations: A now extinct species of prehistoric frog that once roamed the intertidal zone. It is believed to have squirted seawater in powerful bursts to shoot down flying insects. Methods: analysis by Demitasse image recognition Agama (0.3468) Tiger Beetle (0.0343) Leaf Beetle,…

Specimen #010 – Conch-Nosed Ruffled Cockatoo

Date: July 7, 2018 Location: Koh Lon, Thailand Collected by: DoAR (DiNaCon Field Lab) Observations: A rare species of Cockatoo with ornate beak, crest and feathers. It lives in wooded areas and feeds primarily on fungus and Earth Star snails, using its unusually strong beak to break through their double shell. Methods: analysis by Demitasse image recognition:…

Specimen #009 – Earthstar Snails

Date: July 6, 2018 Location: Koh Lon, Thailand Collected by: DoAR Observations: These curious gastropods have a hard muscular outer armature which opens in a characteristic star shape to reveal their inner shell. When opened, the females emit a yeasty aroma, like fresh baked bread to attract their mates. They are treasured in some regions of…

Specimen #008 – Paratoxodera florita

Date: June, 2018 Location: Greenfield, MA, USA Collected by: Margaret Minsky Illustration by: Matteo Farinella Observations: The Paratoxodera Florita is a species of stick mantis which evolved to perfectly imitate potted plants. Its wings, middle and posterior legs are purely decorative and have lost almost all functionality. The P. Florita stands perfectly still balanced on it lower abdomen,…

Specimen #007B – Chilopodosauro

Date: June, 2018 Location: Koh Lon, Thailand Collected by: Catharina Karlsson / #DiNaCon Observations: A nocturnal species of reptile with many legs that produce a hypnotic rippling effect as it walks. Though fearsome in appearance, the Chilopodosauro is a largely timid, solitary creature, except in mating season, when they gather in great numbers in an elaborate…