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    Animal Superpowers

    Discussion in 'Research' started by stormcat, May 20, 2014.

    Tying in with my "Creating a new race, Chimerid" thread I want a place to help keep track of real-life superpowers found in animals. Things like night vision, the ability to climb on walls, and supersonic hearing. First things first, can anyone find a good resource to look these things up?
     
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    One Buzzfeed article does not research make. Besides, most of the critters on there were invertebrates, I'm looking for more vertebrates superpowers.
     
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    Mantis shrimps need their own novel series.
     
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    The following come to mind (plus there are loads of others that are poisonous and animals that "pretend" to be poisonous by imitating ones that are etc., are venomous, create webs or camouflage themselves etc.):

    tardigrades (all around strange, old, unique and awesome)
    horseshoe crabs (have amazing blood that protect them from parasites etc.)
    turritopsis dohrnii (a type of immortal jellyfish)
    the tongue-eating louse (does what the same indicates, plus becomes the new tongue of the fish it "attacks")
    zinc-tipped drill-bit wasps (have very long and hard protrusions that they use to inject their eggs into plants and other insects that their young will devour from the inside)
    giant turtles (it took 300 years for them to receive a scientific name because they were so delicious they kept being eaten before they could be studied, though it's debatable if that's a good thing or not)
    chameleons (blend into their surroundings by changing their colour/pattern)
    stick insects (looks like a stick as to not be seen)
    goats can headbutt you real hard whilst standing at a 90 degree angle ... I think
    zebras (their black and white pattern confuse certain predators and parasites)
    mantis shrimp (mentioned by others above)
     
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