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Tonight in #MMMAfterDark: Yellow-footed Antechinus (Antechinus flavipes) vs Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops aduncus)!
co-written by yours truly and @AnneWHilborn #MMMAfterDark two of them meme: two russian blue chunky kittens sit on a b
First, the tiny thunder from down under! Yes, Antechinus comes from Straya & weighs in at a whopping quarter stoat (~55 g) #StoatsAsMeasurement #MMMAfterDark Antechinus picture: This is a close up picture of an AntechiWe're looking at Australia. Red ranges are highlighted near
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#2021MMM
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#2021MMM
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TONIGHT'S BATTLE FOR #2021MMM CHAMPION HAPPENS NOW!
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LAST UP: from the Myths & Monsters Division: 1st seed Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) vs 6th seed Sphinx Monkey (Mandrillus sphinx) #2021MMM
This battle brought to you with a little extra spice from @Mammals_Suck! #2021MMM
Our last combatants of the night are the last of the titans from our Of Myths and Monsters division! Despite the #CARNAGE that has befallen the rest of the division, Harpy Eagle and Sphinx Monkey have each had their own charmed version of the Hero's Journey #2021MMM
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NEXT UP: championship match of the Red In Fur Division - #1 seed RED KANGAROO vs #2 seed RED HARTEBEEST #2021MMM Colored photograph of Red K...Colored photograph of Red H...
Tonight's match is brought to you by the collaborative efforts of @TCastanea @AnneWHilborn and yours truly [gif is of Kelly Clarkson on The Voice saying "my team is so stacked"] #2021MMM
@TCastanea @AnneWHilborn Previously on #2021MMM, Kangaroo slobbered over Southern Red-backed Vole, intimated Red-crested Tree Rat, & chased away Red Brocket. Red Hartebeest squashed Red Squirrel with his hooves, watched on as Vervet Monkeys scared away Red Ruffed Lemur, & chased off Bay Cat.
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UP NEXT from the Tricksy Taxonomy division: No.1 seed Dugong (Dugong dugon) Vs. No 3 seed Mountain Tapir (Tapirus pinchaque) #2021MMM illustration of a tapir. si...mage shows a dugong swimmin...
Tonight's battle is a team effort with genetics tweets by @sexchrlab and battle narration by @MarcKissel, @TanisBP, and me! #2021MMM
While Mountain Tapirs are "precariously balanced on the edge of extinction's precipice" they also play a critical role in the ecosystem, both as seed dispersers & since they topple trees that open paths for other herbivores (Padilla et al 2010, bit.ly/3dblHbW) #2021MMM
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P NEXT: From the Tricksy Taxonomy Division, 2nd-seeded RED WOLF versus 3rd-seeded MOUNTAIN TAPIR #Sweet16 #2021MMM Colored photograph of Mountain Tapir standing in woods.  CloColored photograph of Red Wolf standing in grass with trees
This battle was a group effort by @sexchrlab, @TanisBP, @StoneLab_ASU & yours truly! [gif is of four men jumping in air together, from Anchorman movie, with "Best Team Ever" text at top] #DreamTeam #2021MMM
@sexchrlab @TanisBP @StoneLab_ASU Red Wolf has some majorly tricksy taxonomy, which has made protecting this critically endangered, small-ish & slender (27.5kg, 125 stoats) member of genus Canis challenging #StoatsAsMeasurement #2021MMM iucnredlist.org/species/3747/1…
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UP FIRST: From the Sea Beasties Division, 1st-seeded SABER-TOOTHED ANCHOVY vs 8th-seeded PINK VENT FISH #2021MMM Black & white illustration of Saber-toothed Anchovy with a sColored photographs of Pink Vent Fish collected at East Paci
#RecapStats: Saber-toothed Anchovy is about 1m long (about 3 stoats), an ancient (45-50 MYA) marine predator & named after a vampire-like demon due to it's large single tooth (artwork by @JoschuaKnuppe) #StoatsAsMeasurement #2021MMM tinyurl.com/5bx5ths2
@JoschuaKnuppe Described just last year by #ActualLivingScientist @acapomorphic & @Friedman_Lab, the existence of Saber-toothed Anchovy suggests this ancient family of fish was diverse, from large predators to small planktivores (Capobianco et al 2020) #2021MMM tinyurl.com/254ya7jr
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NEXT UP: # 3 seed Bay Cat (Catopuma badia) vs # 6 seed Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)! #2021MMM a brownish-red cat with cir...a red fox sits on gravel, w...
This battle was a collab between @kwasiscientific & me #2021MMM
Bay Cats are particularly elusive, often being difficult to camera trap unless cameras are placed off-trail (journals.plos.org/plosone/articl…; Wearn et al. 2013). Why avoid trails? Maybe to avoid the four other cat species that it shares the rainforest with! #2021MMM from top left to bottom rig...
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FIRST UP: From the Red In Fur Division, 1st seeded Red Kangaroo vs. 8th seeded Red-crested Tree Rat. Tonight's battle composed by @PKurnath! #2021MMM ROO:  Colored photograph of...RAT: Colored photograph of ...
#RecapStats: Red Kangaroos are 90kg (409 stoats), 1.8m tall (7.2 stoats), the largest extant marsupials & live in Australia #TeamMetatherian #StoatsAsMeasurement #2021MMM Colored photograph of Red K...
Red Kangaroos can be fast (25 mph!) over short distances due to their unique locomotion - hopping! Mechanical energy is stored & released by their achilles tendons & other foot ligaments (Freeman et al 2020) #2021MMM tinyurl.com/b2pkjja4
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NEXT UP: 3rd seed Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) vs. 14th seed White Winged Vampire Bat (Diaemus youngi). #2021MMM [bat photo via @inaturalist]
Once again, this primate/bat match-up is brought to you by myself & @alyb_batgirl. #DejaVu #2021MMM
Chimpanzees live in rainforest, woodland, & savannah habitats across equatorial Africa & are one of the most intensively studied primate species. They are very closely related to humans, sharing ~99% of our DNA. #2021MMM [map via @NGKids; illustration via anthroillustrated.com]
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NEXT UP: 6th seed Sphinx monkey (Mandrillus sphinx) vs. 11th seed Black and Red Bush Squirrel (Paraxerus lucifer) #2021MMM
Sphinx monkey is named after the sphinx, a mythical creature w/the body of a lion, wings of an eagle, and head of a person. Astute observers may recognize sphinx in hits like #2014MMM, #2017MMM, & as part of the seven Wonders of the Ancient World. [Pic: Clark & Kim Kays] #2021MMM A photo taken by Clark and Kim Kays showing the Great Sphinx
Sphinx were supposed to be intelligent & ferocious guards. It must be something about these monkey's colorful faces that just strikes us as wise - Rafiki, Simba's mentor in The Lion King, was also a sphinx monkey (or more commonly, mandrill). #2021MMM
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Next up: 7th seeded Blue-capped ifrit (Ifrita kowaldi) vs. 10th seeded Brussels Griffon* (Canis familiaris) #2021MMM  Color photograph of blue-capped ifrit. Small song bird withColor photograph of Brussel's Griffon. Small dog is tan-brow
Blue-capped Ifrits are small (34-36g, 0.16 of a stoat) passerine (perching & sing well) birds only found in the montane rainforests of New Guinea & Papua New Guinea #LiferBird #StoatsAsMeasurement #2021MMM ebird.org/species/bucifr1 Range map of blue-capped ifrit from IUCN red list. Home rang
Blue-capped Ifrits are not shy birds & their calls, a sort of whip-crack sound (macaulaylibrary.org/asset/203983621), are similar to Australian whipbirds #SoundsOfNature #2021MMM Blue-capped ifrit is perched on a vertical branch. Small son
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NEXT UP: No. 6 seed Ammonite (Didymoceras nebrascense) vs No. 11 seed Demon Eartheater Cichlid (Satanoperca jurubari)! #2021MMM A photograph of an ammonite fossil. The fossilized ammonite Photograph of a demon eartheater cichlid, floating against s
Ammonites were so named because of their resemblance to the horns of Ammon - the Greek/Roman version of Amun, the Egyptian God of life and reproduction #2021MMM  March 15 Sea Beasties March 15 Sea Beasties 100% 10 G3  PhoA photograph depicting the status of a man's head, represent
That being said...not sure what horns our Ammonite, Didymoceras nebrasense most closely resemble. Didymoceras is an example of a heteromorph ammonite, named because their shells don't follow the normal symmetrical spiral coil of other ammonites #Squiggles #2021MMM Black and white illustration of the Didymoceras nebrasense f
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NEXT UP: No. 2 seed Midgardia Seastar (Midgardia xandaros) vs No. 15 seed Hydra (Hydra vulgaris). This battle is a team effort from myself & @je_light #2021MMM
@je_light Midgardia Seastar is a relatively new species, described only 50 years ago! M. Seastar is an echinoderm (star fish, sea urchins & sea cucumbers) with lots of arms - in fact, it has the longest arms of any other known starfish (Downey 1972)! tinyurl.com/m9y6m3fa #2021MMM Black-and-white photograph of a star fish with a small, circ
@je_light Midgardia Seastars can have 12 long arms, each up to 600 mm in length (that's 1.76 stoats!) & can reach over 130 cm long from arm tip to arm tip (3.8 stoats!) #StoatsAsMeasurement #2021MMM
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LAST UP: #8 seed Musk Deer (Moschus moschiferus) vs #9 seed Aoudad (Ammotragus lervia) #2021MMM A silver grey deer with no antlers but prominent tusks protrHead shot of a large brown sheep with backward bending ridge
Tonight's battle is a team effort by @am_anatiala @Mammals_Suck @sexchrlab @AnneWHilborn & me! [gif of man throwing confetti with text saying teamwork make the dream work] #Teamwork #Dreamwork #2021MMM
@am_anatiala @Mammals_Suck @sexchrlab @AnneWHilborn The Musk Deer, Moschus moschiferus, is not a true deer. They are the only surviving member of a group called Moschidae. DNA analyses show musk deer clustering next to the group with cattle (Bos) & Sheep (Ovis): tinyurl.com/2rbenmna #NotADeer #2021MMM Phylogeny showing several species of musk deer, including Mo
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NEXT UP: 5th seed Kinda Baboon (Papio kindae) vs 12th seed Egyptian Fruit Bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus) #2021MMM
This battle was a team effort between the #2021MMM team's resident bat expert @alyb_batgirl and baboon expert @chumblebiome, with #TricksyTaxonomy info from @StoneLab_ASU!
5th seed Kinda Baboon (kin-duh, not kind-a) was only recognized as a distinct species from other baboons in 2013. Previously, it was thought they might be a subspecies of the yellow baboon. #2021MMM smithsonianmag.com/videos/categor…
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NEXT UP: No.7 seed Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta) vs. No.10 seed Mara (Dolichotis patagonum). #2021MMM
Genetics & phylogeny content for this #TricksyTaxonomy bout is courtesy of @sexchrlab. #Teamwork #2021MMM
Though it may look to some like "someone put a kangaroo's head on a rabbit's body", the Patagonian Mara, aka the Patagonian Cavy, is neither lagomorph nor marsupial, but one of the world's largest living rodents. #MightyMara #2021MMM
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NEXT UP: # 6 seed Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) vs # 11 seed Ring-tailed Vontsira (Galidia elegans)! #2021MMM a red fox sits on gravel, with its two black forelegs directpicture is taken by a camera trap, so it has a black line on
Red Foxes are found all over the northern hemisphere in North America, Africa, and Eurasia. Generally a woodland dweller, this clever canine has taken advantage of human expansion, and has become quite the city dweller too! #2021MMM
The largest of the foxes, Red Foxes reach up to 57 inches long (about 4.3 stoats) and 14 kilograms in weight (63 stoats!). #StoatsAsMeasurement #2021MMM
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NEXT UP: No.5 seed Red Brocket (Mazama americana) vs No. 12 seed Siberian Weasel (Mustela sibirica) #2021MMM
GET THIS: Red Brocket is RED! This South American deer species is reddish-brown in coloration across most of its body, perfect for camouflage in dense, tropical forests #2021MMM
Red Brockets are the biggest of the Mazama cervids. Our male Red Brocket is ~4.3 stoats long (145 cm) & he's dense weighing in at 30 kg (136 stoats) #StoatsAsMeasurement #2021MMM
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NEXT UP: 4th-seeded Maroon Langur (Presbytis rubicunda) vs. 13th-seeded Little Red Flying Fox (Pteropus scapulatus). #2021MMM
This battle was a collaborative effort with @alyb_batgirl. #DynamicDuo #2021MMM
Maroon Langurs, aka Red Leaf Monkeys, live primarily on the island of Borneo in SE Asia, sharing forest habitat with other primates including orangutans, gibbons, & proboscis monkeys. #PrimatePosse #2021MMM
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LAST UP: No. 8 seed Finlayson's Squirrel (Callosciurus finlaysonii) vs No. 9 seed Kowari (Dasyuroides byrnei) #2020MMM
Finlayson's Squirrel is our 3rd #TeamRodent of the night. These "beautiful squirrels" (but aren't they all??) are quite lovely with highly variable coat colors ranging from all white to all black to all red (Boonkhaw et al. 2017 bit.ly/338Fnb0) #2020MMM
In fact, Callosciurus is Greek for beautiful ('callo'), shadow ('skia'), & tail ('oura') (Borror 1960 bit.ly/2THQeWn). Finlayson's Squirrel are #smol squirrels (1.3 stoats #StoatsAsMeasurements), found in the trees (arboreal) in southeast Asia rainforests #2020MMM
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NEXT UP: #7 Southern African Hedgehog (Atelerix frontalis) vs #10 Collared Pika (Ochotona collaris)!!! #2020MMM (Battle written with input from @PKurnath!)
Collared pikas are gray, potato-sized, herbivorous lagomorphs native to Yukon Territory & Alaska. Being roughly spherical and #SuperFLOOF-y means the pika is a pro at conserving heat in these cold climates. #2020MMM
Pikas are generalist herbivores, which means they can eat a little bit of lots of plants, but can't specialize on any one species. Sometimes they slurp grasses in like spaghetti noodles! #NoFigs #IPromise #2020MMM
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NEXT UP: 4th seeded Tree Hyrax (Dendrohyrax dorsalis) vs. 13th seeded Bank Vole (Myodes glareolus) #2020MMM
Though 'Hyrax' comes from the Greek 'Hurax', meaning "shrewmouse", our combatant the Western Tree Hyrax is much larger than either of these namesake rodents, reaching lengths up to 2 feet and weighing up to 4.5 kg (~20 stoats). #StoatsAsMeasurement #2020MMM
The fur of the Tree Hyrax is primarily gray-brown, but it has a distinct "dorsal spot" -- a scent gland covered by a lighter patch of hair -- on its back. As its name suggests, it is an adept climber, aided by flat nails and the rubbery texture of its feet. #2020MMM
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NEXT UP: #2 Southern pudu (Pudu puda) vs #15 Seba's short-tailed fruit bat (Carollia perspicillata) #2020MMM
The short-tailed fruit bat is a medium brown, leaf-nosed bat found in forest through Central America and most of South America (ranges from southern Mexico to southern Brazil) #2020MMM Two reddish-brown bats with medium sized pointy ears, hanging from a brown surface. The bat on the left is looking at the camera, while the bat on the right is yawning.Map of southern North America, Central and South America. Bat range from southern Mexico to southern Brazil is highlighted in red.
This small but mighty fruit bat weighs in at about 20 grams (or ~1/10 of a stoat #StoatsAsMeasurement). But size isn't everything! These bats have a secret athletic talent hiding up their wing - BOXING! #TinyTerrors #2020MMM
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