Friday, December 16, 2016

ZooWeird 16

A doggerel series about odd or little-known animals.

Dendogramma. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen announced the discovery of two new strange, deep sea and mushroom-shaped animals. The two species were identified from a collection of specimens that were collected back in 1986. The authors assigned the newly described Dendrogramma enigmatica and Dendrogramma discoides under the animal kingdom, however they couldn’t classify them into an existing phylum. A new family, Dendrogrammatidae, was established for the species. Read more:

How must it feel to be so weird
That no one knows just what you are!
You’re very small—so you’re not feared.
The guy who found you? Now a star!

They think you’re like a mushroom, so
Their biases are all in place.
But if you’re one, I’d like to know
Before I shove you in my face!

(With a burger.)

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