This might be the most striking species I have found:
It’s quite rare.
I feel like this fungus that parasitizes millipedes might be high up there for me. Disturbingly similar to Cordyceps and I found out it was only described in 2017.
I’m curious about your blue-tongued skink ocean sighting. (My daughter has one for a pet). Was it swimming? Alive? What was it doing? Thanks . Cool sighting!
Working on Insecta, it’s shocking how often I still go, I’ve never seen anything remotely like this lol. Here are some just from the past month:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/148158853 - most wasp ant ever, I got tricked
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/174439036 - mickey mouse???
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/174243660 - a basketball…
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/175004852 - this one made me giggle. head like a flour scoop
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/175084362 - couldn’t even tell what order this was lol. i still helped by bringing it to the attention of the discord?? (cope)
I don’t have much to contribute in these cases, especially outside NA but learning about weird new critters is definitely a highlight of IDing.
Difficult: they’re all interesting! When I lived in Antigua (Caribbean), an acquaintance encountered a boa constrictor near the southern end of the island. Boas previously existed on the island, but were exterminated decades ago. Most Antiguans despise snakes. However, they still exist on (relatively) nearby islands. We tentatively identified the boa as the St. Lucian subspecies (B. c. orophias) and we surmised that the snake had either arrived as a castaway or had been brought in by a tourist arriving on one of the sailboats or tourist cruisers that crowd the nearest harbor. I had hoped to DNA barcode the specimen, but then the pandemic happened. So, the snake remains relegated to a higher taxonomic level (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/57388402). I recently uploaded some photos taken in a field full of pitcher plants in Alabama when I was working on my dissertation back in 2004. The field no longer exists, but apparently the two species I uploaded are considered rare (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/128091933, https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/170487965).
Wouldn’t this just be the most interesting observation on Inat?
Hey Robby! I was impressed by those pitcher i.d.'s! Boy, you are ubiquitous!
Mickey Mouse has 2 heads?
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The most interesting observation(s) can be found here:
The first of which is (in)famous, see: Happy Gerald Day.
The most interesting thing I have found was a rotifer, Stephanoceros fimbriatus ssp. millsii also sometimes described as just Stephanoceros millsii. I found it several times in fall 2020 then never saw it again (I’ve looked). There are a few reports of Stephanoceros fimbriatus but ssp. millsii is distinctly different.
Madagascan silk angel has been the most interesting ID discussion back and forth across the What Is It kingdoms. And the angel has since acquired a few friends.
Wow, I don’t know what I was expecting but this was quite the ride. Crazy how many people chimed in and yet everyone was still baffled.
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