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Mar 30, 2021 35 tweets 18 min read
First up: Red, in Fur #1 seed RED KANGAROO (Osphranter rufus) vs Tricksy Taxonomy #3 seed MOUNTAIN TAPIR (Tapirus pinchaque) #2021MMM Close up of a large rufous colored macropod with white legs Close up of the head and shoulders of a black shaggy animal This battle was a collaboration between @AnneWHilborn, @MarcKissel & ME! [gif of Jimmy Fallon saying "We are best when we work together & step up!"] #2021MMM
Mar 23, 2021 17 tweets 12 min read
NEXT UP: #4 seed PICADO'S JUMPING PIT VIPER (Atropoides picadoi) vs #5 seed DEVIL FROG (Beelzebufo ampinga) #2021MMM Medium-sized thick bodied snake in a loose coil on a dark, lIllustration of a large bodied, heavily armored from with th Pit viper's namesake Atropos is featured in the poem Shield of Heracles. Some descriptions of Atropos & Pit Viper are comparatively on point: "teeth are bright-white (λευκούς) like those of Fear; the long nails (fangs) w/ which they seize bodies" (Brockless 2017) #2021MMM Cover of a book by Hesiod titled The Shield of Heracles. TheExcerpt from the book The Shield of Heracles
Mar 19, 2021 17 tweets 12 min read
NEXT UP: #2 seed RED WOLF versus #7 seed TARSIER, co-written by @sexchrlab, @StoneLab_ASU & ME!! #2021MMM Red wolf laying in the grassclose up of Tarsier's face showing gigantic eyes Red Wolves are small-ish & slender canids w/ long limbs. Analyses of pre-1920 wolves suggests distinct skull morphologies btwn coyote & grey wolf but doesn't distinguish hypotheses - are they an ancient species or recent hybrid? (Nowak 2002, Audubon & Bachman 1851) #2021MMM Statistical distribution of skull morphological multivariate
Mar 18, 2021 15 tweets 10 min read
NEXT UP: #5 seed DEVIL FROG vs #12 seed FIRE SALAMANDER #2021MMM Color illustration of a large horned frog against a white baPhoto of a black and yellow spotted salamander against a nat Both of tonights combatants are amphibians, which have lived on Earth for at least 370 million years. The word amphibian comes from the Greek word amphibios, meaning "to live a double life", in reference to their aquatic & terrestrial life histories. (Vences et al 2005) #2021MMM Screen shot of figure from journal article referenced showin
Mar 16, 2021 16 tweets 10 min read
NEXT UP: #8 seed PINK VENT FISH (Thermarces cerberus) vs #9 seed LATHE ACTEON SNAIL (Acteon tornatilis) #2021MMM  two long slender greyish pinkish fish with large round pectwo pinkish tan striped turbinate shaped shells Pink Vent Fish is a predator associated w/ deep sea hydrothermal vents fed by volcanos in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, hence our combatant is named in honor of Cerberus, the 3-headed hound in Greek mythology who guards the entrance to the underworld alongside Hades #2021MMM  line drawing of a massive three headed dog with the tail ofglobal map of deep sea vents
Mar 12, 2021 17 tweets 14 min read
NEXT UP: #2 seed RED WOLF versus #15 seed GIANT GOLDEN MOLE, co-written by @EvolEmpiricist @StoneLab_ASU & ME!! #2021MMM A reddish and dark grey wolf lies on the groundPrepared specimen of a Giant Golden Mole on display at the N Giant Golden Moles are ~20 cm long & up to 539 grams (4x the size of other golden moles!). They vary in color, outer fur can be slate, dark brown, reddish or yellow-ish buff (Poduschka 1980) #2021MMM Drawing of golden mole but fur has greenish tinge
Mar 11, 2021 13 tweets 10 min read
FIRST UP!! #1 seed RED KANGAROO (Osphranter rufus) vs wild card winner SOUTHERN RED-BACKED VOLE (Myodes gapperi) #RedInFur #2021MMM Red Kangaroos are the largest living marsupial, weighing in at up to 90kg & 1.8m tall when standing. Male red kangaroos are much larger than females, up to twice the size. Males are also reddish in color, while the females are bluish-grey (Freedman et al. 2020) #2021MMM
Mar 17, 2020 18 tweets 13 min read
FIRST UP: #2 SEED FLORIDA PANTHER (PUMA CONCOLOR CORYI) VERSUS AMPHIBIAN CHYTRID FUNGUS (BATRACHOCHYTRIUM DENDROBATIDIS) Photos: @FWS & Rob O’ Sullivan #2020MMM ImageImage Whether you call it a panther, puma, cougar, or mountain lion - Puma concolor means lion-of-one-color. Panthers are shades of tan, coryi subsp. is darker brown to rust & kittens are gray w/ dark brown/blackish spots & five bands around the tail. fws.gov/refuge/florida… #2020MMM Image
Mar 13, 2020 13 tweets 9 min read
NEXT UP: No. 1 seed Pygmy Hog (Porcula salvania) vs No. 16 seed Southern Ningaui (Ningaui yvonneae) #2020MMM ImageImage Pygmy Hogs have blackish-brown fur shaded w/ rusty red that is longer at the nape of the neck. Weighing in at 3.7kg, males are larger than females. (Mallinson 1971) indiabiodiversity.org/species/show/2… #2020MMM Image
Mar 26, 2019 24 tweets 20 min read
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
Mar 19, 2019 18 tweets 12 min read
NEXT UP: # 4 SEED FISHER (Pekania pennanti) VERSUS # 13 SEED TIGER SALAMANDER (Ambystoma tigrinum) (photo: Paul Bannick @ConservationNW) #2019MMM Fisher (Pekania pennanti) photo: Paul BannickTiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) Both of our combatants are widespread throughout North America with overlapping ranges. Fishers inhabit forests with large trees, snags & logs for resting & denning, while tiger salamanders occur in forests, grasslands & marshy areas with soil suitable for burrowing #2019MMM
Mar 15, 2019 17 tweets 9 min read
NEXT UP: #8 seed Flat-headed Cat (Prionailurus planiceps) versus #9 seed Water Chevrotain (Hyemoschus aquaticus) aka mouse deer #2019MMM Flat-headed cat occurs throughout the southern Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, & Borneo in low tropical forests (including oil palm plantations). They also occur in riparian habitats. animaldiversity.org/accounts/Prion… #2019MMM
Mar 23, 2018 19 tweets 11 min read
Next Up: #4 Coyote (Canis latrans) vs. #12 Sewer Rat (Rattus norvegicus) #2018MMM Our combatants advanced entirely unscathed from round 1: Coyote gave up on pursuing a possum while Sewer Rat was very fortunate to have encountered a Moscow Dog that prefers human handouts to hunting #2018MMM
Mar 22, 2018 18 tweets 14 min read
NEXT UP: #3 seed Komodo Dragon versus #14 seed Hellbender #2018MMM The Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is a bohemith of a lizard, the largest extant species can be up to 3m (10ft) in length and weighs in at up to 70 kg (150lb) It is listed as Vulnerable by @IUCNRedList en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komodo_dr… (Ciofi 2004) #2018MMM
Mar 20, 2018 17 tweets 15 min read
NEXT UP: COYOTE VERSUS VIRGINIA OPOSSUM #2018MMM Coyote and Virginia opossum last shared a common ancestor 160 million years ago timetree.org kumarlab.net/downloads/pape… #2018MMM