Mastodon, can we play a game?
You describe an animal badly, and I draw exactly what you described.
(Do not tell me what the animal is. I will not try to guess. Please tell me AFTER I finish the drawing.)
Attached is a blue whale as my 6yo son described it. Want more? Reply with a description of your own!
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@brennen It's okay, I'll draw it anyway. Some of them I was sure I knew and I was so wrong!
You can see some previous ones I did here: https://twitter.com/bethskw/status/1056297370755981313?s=21
It walks on two skinny legs,
its feet are yellow and have three toes pointing forward and one back,
it is covered in black, brown and/or white feathers,
it has wings,
it has a sharp, tiny beak for a mouth,
its eyes are small, observant and judgemental,
and it wears a red spongy mohawk on top of its head.
Ooh, I want to play! How are these:
> It looks like it is covered in goldy-brown leaves
> It has a pointy head
> It curls up lots
> It has white stripes on its back
> It has a few hairs that go shiny when it swims
> Its legs all look like they come out of its head
> It is small but has big feet and a fat tail
> It is dark coloured
> It has a big nose made of two long tubes
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@bethskw Dolomedes plantarius, the fen raft spider :)
The stripes you can see, and like all spiders it has a cephalothorax so the head and main body section are all in the same segment which the legs come out of. It's an ambush hunter - it usually walks and hunts on water surfaces/at pool edges, but when it dives it traps air around its body hairs, allowing it to swim for longer, which gives it a sort of covering of bubbles with a shiny bubble centred on each hair.
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@bethskw Yeah, the plantarius species is IIRC Europe's only fish eating spider (though that can give a misleading impression, the fish do have to be very very small indeed). I guess the non European species are similar though I'm only familiar with the 2 you get in the UK.
My mother is a specialist on them so I've been fortunate enough to get to know them quite well (and have many stories as a result!)
@bethskw This is a very lightly edited excerpt from the animal's Wikipedia page:
A long tubular organism with seven or eight pairs of slender legs, each terminating with a pair of claws. Above each leg is a rigid conical spine. One end extends some distance beyond the legs and often droops down as if to reach the substrate. Recent research suggests that the extended element is an elongated head with two simple eyes, a mouth with radial teeth, and pharyngeal teeth within the front of the gut.