Tuesday, December 25, 2012

ABC Wednesday: X is for...

X is for Xanthodont:
xanthodont
Yellow-toothed. Yes, the teeth are supposed to be that colour. Many rodents have yellow teeth, Syrian hamsters for example. This is a Coypu and you can get an even closer look at the teeth here

X is also for Xiphosuran - an order of animals that contains for example horseshoe crabs:
xiphosuran
pfeilschwanzkrebs

Horseshoe crabs are not crabs, not even crustaceans. They are more related to arachnids, but really they are doing their own thing and have been doing it for a very long time - for the last 450 million years.

See what else X stands for with ABC Wednesday

Photos were taken at Wildpark Schwarze Berge Hamburg, Hagenbecks Tierpark Hamburg and Oregon Coast Aquarium.

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