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The Oarfish

They can grow up to 30 feet long, and are extremely rare. They look like deranged Chinese dragons.

The Axolotl
Ambystoma mexicanum

This little guy is pretty cute.

The Mexican axolotl salamander is a distinct amphibian since it retains its larval features all through adulthood. This condition is called neoteny, which means it keeps its tadpole-like dorsal fin that runs almost the length of its body, and its feathery external gills, which protrude from the back of its wide head.

This rare species is found exclusively in the lake complex of Xochimilco, near Mexico city. The axolotl differs from other amphibians since it spends its entire life in the water, mostly at the bottom of the lake. On rare occasions, an axolotl will come out of the water once it has matured.

Since the Mexican axolotl is a close relative of the tiger salamander, it can get quite big, reaching up to a foot in length. Most of these species are black or mottled brown, but albino and white varieties aren’t uncommon in captive environments.

Pygmy Seahorse
Hippocampus Bargibanti

The Pygmy Seahorse has a short snout, rounded knob-like coronet and irregular bulbous tubercles on the body. It has a rounded spine above each eye and on each cheek.

Two colour morphs are recorded for this species, one is pale grey or purple with pink or red tubercles, the second is yellow with orange tubercles. Both are found only on gorgonians (sea fans) of the genus Muricella, in depths of 16-40m.

The Pygmy Seahorse grows to 2cm in length.

It is remarkably well camouflaged. The colour of the fish matches the gorgonian it inhabits, and the body tubercles look very similar to the polyps of the gorgonian.

This species is known from coral reefs of the Western Pacific including Australia.

-info from here

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