Northern Snakehead (Freshwater Fishes Book 2, first and second release by Yujin)
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by sbell
14h ago
5 (3 votes) This figure is the Northern Snakehead, Channa argus , model 24 and figure 9 from the second series. These large, strictly freshwater predators are naturally found in the Korean Peninsula, China and Russia. Given the northern range, it is not surprising that they are cold tolerant, and have since been introduced to several other places including the US, Japan and parts of Europe (so far Canada has kept them out, but they are heading to the Great Lakes, so we’ll see how that goes) edit–at least no established populations since this was written ..read more
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Great Horned Owl (Wildlife by Mojö Fun)
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by Guest Reviews
3d ago
4.7 (3 votes) Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 Currently, there are more than 200 species of owl inhabiting our planet. They reside on every continent save for Antarctica and range in size from the tiny elf owl to the mighty eagle owl. But if there is one species that can truly be said to represent the owl family as a whole, it is most likely the great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) of the Americas ..read more
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Wombat (Wild Safari Wildlife by Safari Ltd.)
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by Gwangi
5d ago
5 (3 votes) Wombats are a group of strong and stout marsupials from Australia that belong to the Vombatidae family. In many respects they are convergent with ground squirrels and other burrowing rodents found elsewhere in the world, living in extensive burrows that they excavate themselves and feeding on grasses, plant roots, and other low growing vegetation ..read more
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Amur Catfish (Freshwater Fishes Book 2, second release by Yujin)
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by sbell
1w ago
5 (2 votes) This figure is the Amur Catfish, Silurus asotus, model 21 and number 6 from the second series. For whatever reason, there are two ‘Amur’ fish in the series, one after the other. Despite there being at least a few catfish species in Japan this is the only one in the series ..read more
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Kidako Moray Eel (World Fishing Monster Fish by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.)
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by sbell
1w ago
5 (2 votes) I recently discussed a pair of figures from a Takara Tomy set featuring some unique fish species that are visually or culturally striking. Species that are notable for being scary looking, notorious, and somehow engaging for fishing (I think). I tried to translate the papers and it appears to be called World Fishing Monster Fish, but I can’t be certain ..read more
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Amur Carp (Freshwater Fishes Book 2, first release by Yujin)
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by sbell
2w ago
5 (1 votes) This is the Common Carp, originally labeled Cyprinus carpio, model 20 and number 5 from the second series, in the first releases. However, from what I can tell…it might actually be Cyrpinus rubrofuscus, the Amur carp, which is now considered the wild form of the familiar domestic koi ..read more
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Japanese Perch (Freshwater Fishes Book 2, first release by Yujin)
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by sbell
2w ago
5 (1 votes) This figure is the Japanese Perch (also known as Aucha perch or Oyanirami in Japan), Coreoperca kawamebari), model 19 and number 4 from the second series, second release. This is a small-sized predatory perch that lives rivers and streams. Often in the middle parts of the water column hunting for invertebrates and anything else ..read more
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Dung Beetle (Jasman)
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by bmathison1972
2w ago
3 (2 votes) Copris acephalus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae), an enigmatic new species of dung beetle from the Bolivian Altiplano keywords: Copris, Scarabaeidae, new species Abstract. Copris acephalus Mathison, new species is described from the Bolivian Altiplano. The new species possesses a series of bizarre autapomorphies not previously seen in the genus Copris, the family Scarabaeidae, or even the order Coleoptera ..read more
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Eurasian Spoonbill (Wild Animals by Papo)
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by Gwangi
2w ago
5 (3 votes) Some of my favorite birds are the spoonbills of the genus Platalea within the Threskiornithidae family. Spoonbills are wading birds found on every continent except Antarctica and characterized by the broad, flatted tip on their bills. Sweeping their bill back and forth underwater, spoonbills use their bill tip to gather up small invertebrates, amphibians, and fishes ..read more
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Willow Shiner (Freshwater Fishes Book 2, first AND second release by Yujin)
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by sbell
3w ago
5 (1 votes) This figure is the Willow Shiner (or in Japan, Honmoroko), Gnathopogon caerulescens, model 18 and number 3 in the second series. At the original time of writing, this was one of two species out of the whole series that I didn’t have. Then I was able to get both versions at once… Note: with two versions, I am putting up photos as side-by-side ‘galleries; with release 1 (darker coloured) on the left, release 2 on the right ..read more
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