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Next up: #1 seed Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) vs. # 16 seed ringtail cat (Bassariscus astutus) #2019MMM
The ringtail cat is not actually a cat. The scientific name, Bassariscus astutus, means cunning little fox, but it is not a fox either! the ringtail is in the raccoon family. In #2017MMM the ringtail shocked fans by taking out heavily-favored patas monkey. #UpsetCity #2019MMM
Major predators of ringtails include owls, coyotes & bobcats (cc @NatickBobCat). However, their flesh has a "strong flavor" & often isn't eaten once killed. They are also the state mammal of Arizona, home of MMM editor-in-chief @Mammals_Suck #2019MMM
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NEXT UP: SPOTTED HYENA VS. COYOTE! #2018MMM
This battle was a collaborative effort, with valuable input from @TCastanea and @AnneWHilborn. #2018MMM
Both animals arrive in Round 2 unscathed: Hyena after shredding the tiny Belo Horizonte marmoset, and Coyote having scared off an opossum. #2018MMM
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Next up is the #4 Alligator Snapping Turtle against the #13 Mantis Shrimp #2018MMM
Tonight is truly a battle of tiny vs. middling, with the Alligator Snapping turtle coming in at 85 kg while the Mantis Shrimp weights about 50 g. That's a 1700x difference in mass #2018MMM
Mantis shrimp, or Stomatopods (or 'pods), are amazing creatures, of course I'm biased because I did my Ph.D. in a 'pod lab (bitly.com) #2018MMM
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NEXT UP: 5th seeded Moscow Dog vs. 12th seeded Sewer Rat!! #2018MMM
Our top seed in this battle is the Moscow Dog (Canis familiaris), domesticated strays that have roamed the Russian city's streets for decades en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_do… (photo from Sputnik news, credit Mikhail Fomichev) #2018MMM
News stories have highlighted this canine's ability to live side-by-side Moscovites coercing handouts & some learning to ride the subway (the Conservation, theconversation.com/how-did-moscow…; the New Yorker, newyorker.com/culture/cultur…; the Financial Times, ft.com/content/628a85…) #2018MMM
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