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TONIGHT THE WILDCARD: Grandidier's "Mongoose" (Galidictis grandidieri) versus the Pygmy Spotted Skunk (Spilogale pygmaea)! #2020MMM
Galidictis grandidieri was recently better-recognized as a vontsira than a mongoose, but since we <3 our players, we wanted to make it easier to find research on them, hence the air quotes. #2020MMM [gif is man doing air quotes]
Often called the GIANT-striped mongoose, this black & light brown-to-cream striped Feliform typically weighs between 500-590g (an average of 2.5 stoats) #StoatsAsMeasurement #TeamCatsish #2020MMM
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(or rather the battle happens AFTER some very important pomp & circumstance) #2019MMM
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Next & Last Battle of the NIGHT: 1-seed Tiger #JumpJump vs. 1-seed Moose #Waterfalls #2019MMM
Tiger defeated ringtail, springhare, bharal, & dolphin to emerge Jump Jump victor! (yes this footage is real) #2019MMM
Moose defeated bulldog bat, flat-headed cat, rakali, & manatee to emerge Waterfalls victor! #2019MMM
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Before I start, I want to acknowledge the work @TCastanea and @c_n_anderson put in on this. It was a team effort #2019MMM
First up tonight we have the winner of the CAT-e-GORY division: the Sea Lion against the terrible TAG TEAM twosome. Individually they are the Mongoose and the Warthog, but you know them as theeee WARRRRRGOOSE #2019MMM
Tonight's battle again features a randomly selected habitat. Let's check the machine.. and it comes up with.... Oh folks this is interesting, tonight's battle takes place in the Thorn Forests of the Deccan Plateau in the Southwest of India #2019MMM (Img wikimedia)
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NEXT UP: #1 seed Plains Zebra (Equus quagga) & Yellow-Billed Oxpecker (Buphagus africanus) vs #3 seed Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) & Banded Mongoose (Mungos mungo) #2019MMM
Tonight's battle is a tag team effort of not just 1, not just 2, but 3 #2019MMM narrators. @je_light, @Mammals_Suck, and myself
This battle determines the winner of the Tag Team division. Both "teams" represent cleaner symbioses, where one symbiotic partner cleans its partner of its ectoparasites & other materials #2019MMM
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UP NEXT for the ELITE TRAIT: #2 MANATEE (Trichechus manatus) versus #1 MOOSE (Alces alces) #2019MMM
(tonight's battle was a group effort between @chumblebiome, @je_light & yours truly) #2019MMM
The last two mammals standing from the WATERFALLS division have definitely benefited from their higher seeds & home court advantage #2019MMM
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NEXT UP: the JUMP JUMP division's entries into tonight's Elite Trait matchups - #1 seed Bengal Tiger vs #3 seed Spinner Dolphin. Battle written by @c_n_anderson #2019MMM
The Bengal Tiger devoured the Ringtail Cat, the Springhare, and Bharal to make it to tonight's matchup. Will his hunger never end? It's becoming a spectacle. #2019MMM
The Spinner Dolphin defeated the Spinefex Hopping Mouse, the Impala, and the 9-banded Armadillo to make it here. Fortunately, for the Spinner Dolphin, every previous battle took place in marine waters. #2019MMM
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NEXT UP from the CAT-e-GORY division: Sea Lion (1) vs Tiger Quoll (7)!!! #2019MMM

[this has been a team effort between moi & @chumblebiome]
In one corner we have our 15-stoat lightweight tiger quoll, the Cinderella of #2019MMM! He's snacked on catbirds, sat back & relaxed while nimravids duked it out, & scared off (he thinks) the fig-fascinated bear cat in Malaysia! #StoatsAsMeasurement
In the other corner we have our 1300-stoat heavyweight California sea lion. He's smooshed the antlion, smooshed the catshark, & smooshed...uh, I mean, dallied while the tiger owl drowned in [REDACTED]. #2019MMM #StoatsAsMeasurement
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Last battle of the night, from the WATERFALLS division... #1-seed MOOSE vs. #13-seed RAKALI! #2019MMM
Despite a large size difference, Moose and snowshoe hair compete for food resources & can impact each other's population cycles ( #BunnyTrouble #2019MMM
Moose have been domesticated twice. Although mainly used for hauling, moose milk is valued for higher calcium & phosphorus than dairy cows ( #2019MMM
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NEXT UP from the CAT-e-GORY division:

Bear Cat (3) vs Tiger Quoll (7) #2019MMM
Although this battle consists of solo competitors, it does feature a tag team of commentators, namely moi & @AnneWHilborn #TagTeamBackAgain #2019MMM
Anne: So our Tiger Quoll is back & feeling rejuvenated after snacking on catbirds & having a front row seat to a Nimravid v Nimravid death match #DinnerTheater. #2019MMM
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Next up from the TAG TEAM division #2-seed Coyote & Badger #BadYote vs. #3-seed Warthog & Banded Mongoose #WarGoose #2019MMM
Badgers sometimes cache food underground. This timelapse video of a badger burying AN ENTIRE COW is #magical: #2019MMM
Although carnivores, Coyotes frequently eat fruit including native Pawpaw. Pawpaw seeds actually germinate more frequently following coyote consumption, possibly making coyotes key long distance seed dispersers ( #2019MMM
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Next up from the WATERFALLS division: #2 ranked Manatee (Trichechus manatus) vs. # 3 ranked Tapir (Tapirus terrestris). This battle was a tag-team effort with @je_light #teamworkDreamwork #2019MMM
Last time, Tapir displaced Water Opossum & squelched the Moonrat. Meanwhile, Manatee outlasted Ring-tailed Vontsira & startled Aquatic Genet. None of these battles were at all controversial...some have said they were the best ever #noreally #2019MMM
West Indian Manatees are found in the Gulf of Mexico. They prefer warmer temps due to their lower metabolic rate #seacow #2019MMM (…)
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UP NEXT from the JUMP JUMP division: 1-seed TIGER versus 4-seed BHARAL #2019MMM
Our Bengal Tiger weighs in at 258kg/1173 stoats & the Himalayan Blue Sheep or Bharal weights 75kg/341 stoats #StoatsAsMeasurement #2019MMM
As noted by #TeamStoat, the male Bharal scared away its previous competitors (the stoat & rocky wallaby) in its native montane habitats of Nepal & India #2019MMM
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NEXT UP from the CAT-e-GORY division: 1-seed Sea Lion vs. 5-seed Tiger Owl (narration co-written with @TCastanea) #2019MMM
Tiger Owls, aka Great Horned Owls, occur throughout the Americas & are well suited for many habitats from sea level up to 11,000 ft. They live in forests, grasslands, deserts, swamps, marshes, & mangroves. (Smith 2002) #2019MMM
Tiger owls also adapt well to human ecostystems & can help control pest populations, but are sometimes killed when humans use poison on owls' rodent prey.… #2019MMM
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Next up from the JUMP JUMP division, we have the #3 seeded Spinner Dolphin hosting the #10 seed 9-banded Armadillo #2019MMM
Both have traveled through ice and fire (or at least some salt water) to get here. Well where is here? Tonight we move from Sri Lanka to the waters off the coast of the Bahamas #2019MMM
We find our little armadillo out for a swim. Sure it's not the most graceful of all swimmers, but Armadillos are actually quite adept in the water #2019MMM
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@Mammals_Suck FIRST UP from the TAG TEAM Division: 1st seed Plains Zebra and Yellow-Billed Oxpecker vs 5th seed Oceanic Crab and Loggerhead Sea Turtle #2019MMM
There are three species of Zebra - the Plains Zebra, the Mountain Zebra and Grevy's Zebra. My @DominicanU BIO 397 (Evolution) class visited @brookfield_zoo today and we photographed Grevy's Zebra. #2019MMM
P.S. Everyone wish Carlita the Croc from @brookfield_zoo a very happy 11th birthday. #2019MMM
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UP NEXT: 7th-seeded TIGER QUOLL versus 2nd-seed NIMRAVID #2019MMM (a collaborative narration w/ @PKurnath )
The largest carnivore on Australia's mainland today (15lbs/7kg/32 stoats), the Tiger quoll hunts like cats, only moving when the prey's head is down (Jones et al., 2001) #StoatsAsMeasurement #SneakyNotACat #2019MMM
Which is how the Tiger quoll got through round 1, by making a meal out of the Cat-bird #YumYum #2019MMM
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NEXT UP: #2 Coyote & Badger vs. #7 Wattled Jacana & Capybara #2019MMM (co-narrated w/ @TanisBP)
Badger's can bite with 316 Newtons of pressure! Their lower jaws fully lock into their skulls, preventing dislocation & side-to side movement. #2019MMM
Coyotes have elaborate vocalizations & are commonly heard by people in rural areas. Although people tend to overestimate how many they hear, leading to unnecessary fear in humans (figure from: #2019MMM
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NEXT UP: 3rd seed Bearcat (Arctictis binturong) vs. 6th seed Lion-Tailed Macaque (Macaca silenus)! #2019MMM Close up of a bearcat's faceClose up of a lion tail macaque's face
Last round we saw our mammalian #AltCat contestants "triumph" over their herp competitors: Lion-Tailed Macaque held a long protective vigil until the Cat Snake departed for tastier pastures, and Bearcat took a tumble out of a fig tree directly onto Leopard Tree Frog. #2019MMM
Lion-tailed macaques are highly endemic to the Western Ghats - India's monsoon-pattern-changing-mountain chain with forests older than the Himalayas & biodiversity up the wazoo (a UNESCO World Heritage Site!) #2019MMM…
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Next up: 3rd seed Banded Mongoose & Warthog (Team #WarGoose) vs. 6th seed Diana Monkey & Red Colobus Monkey (#SimianSquad). (Collaborative Narration w/ @tinkeringprim8) #2019MMM
Mongooses are cooperative breeders & males play an important role guarding young (Rood 1974). #ActualLivingScientist Sarah Hodge posits males pay lower costs of weight loss from helping than do females #2019MMM…
Female warthogs can raise their young along or cooperatively with other females who help by babysitting. #2019MMM
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NEXT UP: # 4 SEED FISHER VERSUS # 5 SEED TIGER OWL #2019MMM photo credits: Tom Kogut
Tiger owls are generally "free from natural enemies" predators such as coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions & are known to attack humans who get too close to their nests (Baumgartner 1939) #TheyWillCutYou #2019MMM
Males & females tiger owls mature by year 3 & females are larger. They produce 1-6 eggs/season & alternate roosting & hunting during the nesting season. Males do most of the hunting while females spend their time protecting the brood. (Baumgarter 1939) #2019MMM
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Up next we have the 5 Crab & Loggerhead Sea turtle hosting the 4 Seed Cleaner wrasse & moray eel #2019MMM
In the last round the "crabberhead" defeated the clownfish & anemone in a tragic battle, while the wrasse & eel overcame the fire coral & algae twosome #2019MMM
Tonight we find the crab swimming around the sea turtle where it's picking off small pieces of algae growing on the shell of the turtle, the warm Fijian sea bathes these peaceful mutualists #2019MMM
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NEXT UP: #1 Plains Zebra (Equus quagga) & Yellow-Billed Oxpecker (Buphagus africanus) vs #8 seed Aardvark (Orycteropus afer) & Aardvark Cucumber (Cucumis humifructus) #2019MMM
In Round 1, Oxpecker (& Zebra) picked off the Batfly (& Gammaproteobacteria). Aardvark & Cucurbit advanced against #Tripletrouble monkeys in an epic #BeastieBoys Battle #2019MMM
Why do Zebras have stripes? Scientists had thought these stripes were anti-predator devices, making it difficult for predators to cue in on 1 individual among the herd (called disruptive coloration) #2019MMM
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First up is the #1 Sea Lion vs. the #8 Small Spotted-Cat Shark #2019MMM
In the first round the Sea Lion defeated the Antlion while the Small Spotted-Cat Shark fended off the venomous stonecat in a battle of inappropriately named fishes #2019MMM
We join our contestants tonight on the shores of San Francisco where the sea lion is enjoying the attention he gets when out sunning, you know catching some rays and just trying to live its best life #2019MMM
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