Monday, August 25, 2014

12 Oddities in Nature. Can you identify them?

12 Oddities in Nature.  Can you identify them?
Dr Abe V Rotor
1. Porcupine, real specimen or hand crafted?

2. Fruits are produced not from flowers, but directly from
special buds.
 What tree is this? Does its seed germinate
and grow into a tree?


3. This is highly prized as food to Asians.

4. Snails are hermaphroditic, but why do they still mate?

5. On whose lap does this cat find comfort and quiet?

6. Name the plants growing on this dead log.

7. What will the doomed caterpillar become?

8. It's tough, grows radially, and clings on dead trunk like shelf.
9. It's all skin, its owner makes the loudest and longest love
song among trees.


10.  It has two pairs of legs per somite or segment. It feigns dead curling into a wheel with its soft belly inside and the thick plates serving as armor.  


11. It looks like a green grasshopper, master of mimicry, you might miss it among the leaves and stems of its host tree.

12. You find it in museums, fossilized primitive giant mollusk, which gave the concept of a prototype submarine in Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. 

Answers:

1. It's real. The porcupine is indigenous to the Palawan. It is now in the list of highly endangered species. St Paul University Museum QC.
2. Siniguelas ( sarguelas Ilk) - Spondias purpurea. This is exemption to the rule that fruits and seeds are products of pollination and fertilization. Siniguelas can't be propagated by seed, it is by cuttings. Just cut a good branch, the girth of a man's arm, a meter or two in length and plant it on well drained loam soil. Plant along fences and field borders.
3. Edible sea urchin(maritangtang Ilk), an aphrodisiac.
4. An hermaphrodite has both gametes - sperm and egg. Seldom does fertilization and zygote formation take place in the individual. Copulation is necessary to prevent inbreeding. Exchange of genes is necessary. During mating, the first to penetrate is the male. At another time, it plays the role of female.

5. Icon of a Paulinian sister, St Paul University Museum QC, reading the Holy Book.

6. Growths are not of plants but saprophytes (tainga ng daga or Auricularia) and lichens (association of algae and fungi).
7. It will become fossilized. If embedded in resin, the fossil will be visible through the clear amber.
8. Shelf mushroom.
9. Cicada. It's the male that sings; the female is mute.
10. Millipede, Class Diplopoda, relative of the insects and spiders, centipedes - they all belong to Phylum Arthropoda. 
11. Walking stick, originally classified under Orthoptera, the order of insects 
12. Nautillus.  The fictional submarine in the novel is named after this livbing marine fossil.  The captain in Nautillus is Captain Nemo. 


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