Livescience.com reports that these sponges use their hooked appendages to grab passing sea creatures, which they then enclose in a thin
membrane (think: spider's web) and eat. Double-check your loofa...
If mind control is your ultimate
superhero power, you might envy this fungus. The Brazilian species makes its home in an ant’s
brain, and NationalGeographic.com reports that it controls the ant until it kills it off and takes its spores
An adult-sized Brookesia marca, a chameleon sub-species, is small enough to rest comfortably on a match tip. This tiny reptile has been put at risk, though, due to deforestation and general habitat loss, reports LiveScience.com.
Is that a monkey … or
Voldemort? According to Wired.co.uk, the critically endangered snub-nosed monkeys from Myanmar get water in their nose when it rains, so researchers listen for sneezes to help find the animals.
Nearly one thousand kilometers (about 609 miles) below
sea level in a Croatian cave system, scientists discovered this snail and its
translucent shell. Although other types of snail live in the same cave,
scientists only found one specimen of the itty-bitty species.
Tinkerbella, aptly named after Tinkerbell from "Peter Pan," is a species of wasp known for its distinct wings that resembles eyelashes. According to ScienceDaily.com, a group of scientists exploring Costa Rica identified the tiny wasp in 2013.
Although these animals may seem
like everyday rodents, the elephant shrew is more
closely related to its namesake. Despite being smaller than the other elephant shrew
species, this mammal genetically resembles an elephant more than a mouse, according to the African Wildlife Foundation.
Smaller than a standard
beagle, the average adult leaf deer weighs about 25 pounds and measures about
8 inches tall. Its name came about because Myanmar locals claim it can be wrapped with just one large leaf, reported The New York Times.