Thursday, 7 April 2011

Top 10 Most Beautiful Animals

The earth has A LOT of beautiful animals in it. Here a list of some of the most eye-catching beauties ever walked on the face of the earth. Or swam.. Or flew.. Anyway. Here are the contenders:

1.) Our first entry is a beautiful, yet unexpected contender. A jellyfish! Here is the Pacific Sea Nettle or West Coast Sea Nettle (Chrysaora quinquecirrha). Their bells("heads") can grow up to more than one metre in diameter though most are less than 50 cm. Their 24 tentacles can grow up to 3.6m to 4.6m. Its sting is irritating, but rarely dangerous.

 2.) Next on out list, is the blue tang, royal blue tang, or the flagtail surgeonfish. It has a royal blue body, yellow tail, and black 'palette' design. It grows to around 30 cm. It can be found throughout the Indo-Pacific.  Its diet consists of on plankton and algae. Interestingly, this fish can cause poisoning if eaten by humans.

3.) The Lesser Bird-of-paradise grows, up to 32 cm-long, maroon-brown with a yellow crown and brownish-yellow upper back. The male has a dark emerald-green throat, a pair of long tail-wires and is adorned with ornamental flank plumes which are deep yellow at their base and fade outwards into white. The female is a maroon bird with a dark-brown head and whitish underparts.

 4.) On number 4 on our list, is the red-knobbed starfish. It grows to a maximum diameter of 12 inches. It has numerous tubercles located along its five arms. These tubercles are bright red and extend upward from the arms. It has a gray body with stripes that connect the tubercles. This creates an appearance of a grid made of interconnecting wires.

5.) The breathtaking colours of the Rainbow Lorikeet takes over number 5 of the list. their head is deep blue with a greenish-yellow collar, and the rest of the upperparts (wings, back and tail) are deep green. The chest is red with blue-black barring. The belly is deep green, and the thighs and rump are yellow with deep green barring. In flight a yellow wing-bar contrasts clearly with the red underwing coverts

6.)  The Peleides Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides) is a tropical butterfly found in Mexico, Central America, northern South America, Paraguay, and Trinidad.The brilliant blue color in the butterfly's wings is caused by the diffraction of the light from millions of tiny scales on its wings. It uses this to frighten away predators, by flashing its wings rapidly.

7.) The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is next. Female Monarchs have darker veins on their wings, and the males have a spot called the "androconium" in the center of each hind wing from which pheromones are released. Males are also slightly larger.
8.) The Smiley face spider is about five milllimeters long overall. Certain morphs have a pattern resembling a smiley face or a grinning clown face on their yellow body. Each spider has a unique pattern, and the patterns differ from island to island. Some lack markings altogether.
9.) Ladybugs are small insects, ranging from 1 mm to 10 mm (0.04 to 0.4 inches), and are commonly yellow, orange, or scarlet with small black spots on their wing covers, with black legs, head and antennae.

10.) And last but not least are (unsurprisingly) peacocks. Peafowl are best known for the male's extravagant tail, which it displays as part of courtship. The male is called a peacock, and the female a peahen. The female peafowl is brown or toned grey and brown

So those are just some of the beautiful animals of earth. Which one is the best? You decide. But we can't just ignore the beauty of these animals and let them extinct now, Can we?

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