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The Panda Ant and fish wearing lipstick? There are millions of animal species in the world and new ones are being discovered every day. Here are just a few of Mother Nature’s more obscure creates that you probably didn’t know exist.
6. The Blue Parrotfish
This bright blue fish can be found in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and spends 80% of its time searching for food.
5. Elephant shrew
A new species of elephant shrew has been discovered in the Namib Desert in Africa, scientists say. The tiny insect-eating mammal sports a narrow, trunk-like snout and certainly doesn’t look like the typical mouse we see running through our kitchen. (Galen Rathbun/California Academy of Sciences).
4. Red-lipped Batfish
Found on the Galapagos Islands, this fish is actually a pretty bad swimmer, and uses its pectoral fins to walk on the bottom of the ocean.
3. The Panda Ant
The Mutillidae are a family of more than 3,000 species of wasps (despite the names) whose wingless females resemble large, hairy ants. Found in Chile, they are known for their extremely painful stings, hence the common name cow killer or cow ant. Black and white specimens are sometimes known as panda ants due to their hair coloration resembling that of the Chinese giant panda.
2. Umbonia Spinosa
These thorn bugs are related to cicadas, and use their beaks to pierce plant stems to feed upon their sap. Their strange appearance still poses many questions to scientists.
Also known as the blue dragon, this creature is a is a species of blue sea slug. You could find it in warm waters of the oceans, as it floats on the surface because of a gas-filled sac in its stomach.