Animal postings

Animal postings (including birds, insects, etc.) on AZBlog; most penguin postings are in their own inventory:
and most mammoth postings in their own:
There is also a Page with shark postings:


11/30/09: the Komodo Dragon:

8/5/12: Snakes, worms, fish, clams, slugs:
phallic creatures

8/24/12: Nicknames and mascots:

8/25/12: Two portmanteaus:
seven-armed octopus

9/5/12: desmans:

3/20/13: Sea cucumbers:

4/2/13: Glass eels
glass eels, elvers, yellow eels

4/17/13: Penguins and tuxedos:

4/19/13: On the portmanteau watch: Boston, coyotes:

5/17/13: Vocabulary surprises:

6/25/13: terminal sire:
Suffolk sheep

7/8/13: fur:
French vison, hermine, putois

7/19/13: pizzle:

7/29/13: pure bread:

7/30/13: (little) fat sheep::

8/12/13: London Zoo animals:
chameleon, lemur, penguins

8/16/13: Ugly animal preservation:
proboscis monkey, gob-faced squid, blue-grey taildropper slug

8/23/13: Frizzles:
Frizzle chickens

8/24/13: puffins:

10/1/13: rumpless and tufted:
rumpless tufted Araucana

10/2/13: swallow-bellied and furry:
swallow-bellied mangalitsa

10/23/13: Anecdote: The eagle in the bushes:

11/5/13: animal-zilla:

11/6/13: Another animal portmanteau:

11/15/13: lionhead
lionhead rabbit

11/24/13: runners:
Runner ducks

12/9/13: This week’s penguin links:

4/6/14: Bird life:
Palo Alto bird life

4/7/14: Annals of hybridity:

4/21/14: harvestmen:

7/8/14: Pentapedal
kangaroos and their tails

7/14/14: The animal report:
elephants, a tawny owl, the giant squid, cougars

9/4/14: Three from New Scientist:
#3: giraffe weevil

9/5/14: In memoriam Martha Pigeon:
the passenger pigeon

9/13/14: Linguistic diversity among the nopalries:
the cochineal insect

9/14/14: Coneflowers and goldfinches:

9/25/14: Hedgehogs

10/1/14: Pests on the march:
Asian long-horned beetles

10/9/14: Plato — or Woody Woodpecker?:

10/19/14: Animals on duty:
emotional-support animals, service dogs

10/30/14: Communication among white-footed sportive lemurs

11/24/14: Ciao, Carpaccio!: animals in the paintings of Vittore Carpaccio

12/19/14: Fabulous creatures on television: Bertie the Bunyip, Flub-a-dub

1/14/15: batricide: bats

1/15/15: The noirwhal: narwhal

1/24/15: Shark!: sand shark

2/2/15: Back-to-back American holidays: groundhog

3/16/15: Morning name: bilharzia: Schistosoma parasite

3/26/15: Names for plumed creatures, mythical and real: hoatzin

3/27/15: Name those spiders: peacock spiders

3/29/15: Boobies: blue-footed boobies

3/31/15: Two, noctural and dactylic: pangolin, kinkajou

4/1/15: Pangolins part 2:

4/14/15: A nighmare creature: crown-of-thorns starfish

4/15/15: The panda shirt:

4/16/15: Morning: C. elegans:

5/4/15: The names of birds:
especially drongos

5/5/15: Roly(-)Polies:

5/5/15: Service animals:

5/5/15: In brief: the name of a new dinosaur:
Chilesaurus diegosuarezi

5/16/15: A ring-tailed lemur type:

6/4/15: The hunted 95 per cent?:
saigas (antelopes)

6/27/15: Gay Pride:
pride of lions

6/29/15: shippo:
hippopotamus (and sheep)

7/7/15: Morning name: booklouse:

7/8/15: Homing lizards:

7/13/15: findependence:

7/13/15: Soothing boxes: or the pleasures of corrugation:
cats in boxes

7/17/15: trophyllaxis:
yellowjacket wasps

7/25/15: Morning names: naked mole rat, Penn Palestra:
naked mole rat

7/27/15:Misleadingly named animals:
8 animals with names that are putatively misleading

7/27/15: Primate testicle size:
the northern giant mouse lemur

8/8/15: Morning name: Culebra:
anoles and birds on Culebra

8/13/15: Briefly: ‘ware frog!:
venomous frogs in Brazil

8/15/15: Crab feast:
snow crabs, king crabs, and related creatures; crab lice

8/23/15: Kraken! And GEICO!:
the fabulous creature the Kraken

8/24/15: All things shark:
review of shark postings

8/28/15: Return to the crab feast:
more crabs: blue crabs, blue swimmer crabs

9/2/15: Scientists at play:
animal genitalia on #junkoff

9/3/15: Flintstone days:
fabulous animals: Barbapapas, the Shmoo

9/12/15: Chaste trees and jumping spiders:
jumping spiders (Salticidae)

9/27/15: Vicious wombats:

10/2/15: lubbers:
lubber grasshoppers

10/17/15: That’s a moray:

10/18/15: Morning: monotreme, marsupial:
monotremes, marsupials; platypus, echidna, various marsupials

10/24/15: Morning silverfish:
howler monkeys, dermestid beetles, silverfish

11/4/15: Moving pest news:
nut weevil

11/8/15: ExtenZe:
velvet antlers of deer

11/11/15: The water frog, the ground squirrel, and the little thrush:
American bullfrog, Eastern chipmunk, little thrush

11/22/15: big game:
game animals

11/28/15: Pearls POP:

12/8/15: Anderson Cooper as a silver wolverine Animorph:

12/27/15: Morning name: Kakadu:

1/5/16: The news for penises, issue #1 of 2016:
horse, candiru

2/7/16: The news for, um, monkeys;

3/17/16: Morning name: javelina:
the peccary

3/24/16: The invasive starling:

3/30/16: Morning name: domoic acid (and Dungeness crab):
the Dungeness crab

4/3/16: Common names that are also descriptions:
red-headed woodpecker, red-winged blackbird

4/18/16: Meet the Wieners, stampeding in buns:

4/22/16: Joe Orlando: a cartoonist and his sea-monkeys:
brine shrimp

5/3/16: Morning names: thistles!:
European goldfinch

5/28/16: The snail days of summer:
snails in cartoons

6/1/16: An infestation of flies:
drain flies, fruit flies

7/9/16: A profusion of fireflies:

7/25/16: Our playful entomologists:
playful taxonomic names for creatures, especially insects

8/15/16: Gross and flying squirrels, Barsotti and flying penguins:
assorted animals in cartoons: penguins, squirrels, frogs, vultures

8/19/16: Pink motels, Cadillacs, etc. etc.:
pink fairy armadillo

9/6/16: Birthday times:
British butterflies

9/9/16: Feet in footage, pawns at the pawnshop:
rooks (crows)

9/12/16: Toucan, get what you want

10/17/16: Dog massage:
Shih Tzu breed of dogs

10/20/16: Tradenaming:
Zwicky le Chat, the store cat and mascot at the Parisian shop FLEUX’

11/19/16: Montalvo morning:
Pacific harbor seal

11/20/16: Blue-Emu:

12/4/16: Con Ed and the Ramona St. Squirrel Squad:

12/8/16: The Curious George caper:
monkeys and apes

12/20/16: It’s beginning to look a lot like Fishmas:

1/2/17: Whimsical Park:

2/9/17: ReFo and K-Man:
red fox, caiman; carnivores and Carnivora

2/14/17: VDay pangolins:

2/16/17: Flagrant figures:
#2 koi pond

3/6/17: Komodo dragon day:

3/13/17: Risible (faux-)commercial name:
sperm whale

3/22/17: The news for beavers:
beavers, crayfish

4/4/17: Quick, Bruce, the blat!:
the fruitbat

4/5/17: Pick your Presidential pet:
Presidential pets

4/6/17: Hail to the Hyena-in-Chief:
hyenas, esp. spotted hyena and striped hyena; feliform and caniform carnivores

4/10/17: Uneasy lies the head:

4/17/17: Chub and chums in the morning:
two fish called chub (a carp and a salmon)

4/21/17: Seahorse on a stick, GBF, and the Describe-A-Muffin Task:
seahorses, starfish, scorpions

4/25/17: There’s always room for another penguin or two:
penguins, kiwis; other birds of New Zealand

4/28/17: Friday word play in the comics:
border collies (and sheep)

5/1/17: Like a mayfly:
the mayfly

5/5/17: blue jack:
blue jack ‘coho salmon’; Electric Blue Jack Dempsey (aquarium fish)

5/13/17: Toxic moments:
rough-skinned newts, pufferfish, garter snakes; tetradotoxin

5/14/17: Chenillar moments, including frass and lepidopterism
California oak moths, Western tussock moths, processionary caterpillars; lepidopterism

5/20/17: Squid Pro Quo:

5/23/17: Corn snakes and eggplants:
corn snakes

6/10/17: Music hath powers to repel the savage pest:
chipmunks and squirrels

7/1/17: O Canada! Au Canada: le huard!:
the common loon

7/5/17: More news not for penises:
male fowl, their combs and their spurs

7/17/17: Amoeba humor:
amoebas; protists

7/23/17: Codpieces on Cellblock 13:

7/24/17: No moths, no squirrels, no rats:
clothes moths, squirrels, roof rats, blue jays

7/26/17: I sing the body elastic:
turkeys and their snoods

8/9/17: Further adventures in cartoon understanding:
beaver in #1, duck decoys in #5 and 6

8/13/17: Hold me:
ThunderShirt for dogs

8/13/17: Fungus gnats:
and gnats

8/14/17: Two European estates in America:
Monarch butterflies and other pollinator creatures (bees, bats, hummingbirds)

9/1/17: On the food watch: iguanas:

9/2/17: Bosco 3:
dogs named Bosco

9/6/17: Birthday notes:
Indian runner ducks

9/9/17: Runner ducks, runner beans, rubber ducks:
Indian runner ducks

9/15/17: A marmot sang in Graubünden meadows
Alpine marmots; and beavers, groundhogs, prairie dogs, ground squirrels, squirrels, chipmunks, capybaras, pocket gophers

9/23/17: Bear chairs:

9/24/17: A sapsucking planthopper:
spotted lanternfly

9/26/17: Black bread and pickled herring:

10/30/17: Herons in the garden:

11/1/17: Puns and portmanteaus, polar bears and hippos:

11/24/17: The pun within the pun:
border collies

3/9/18: On the Slugwatch:
banana slugs

3/13/18: Mistakes in avian medicine:
ravens and crows

3/14/18: Pi Day 2018:

3/23/18: Gayupid’s Arrow: We are everywhere, and now you are too:
fire ants

4/22/18: Pestilences in Pa. Dutch country:
spotted lanternfly, brown marmorated stinkbug; and other insect pests

4/25/18: polydactyly:
polydactylic cats

4/30/18: Meadowland fauna!:
black-tailed jackrabbit

5/7/18: Land of Encroachment: the lizards:

5/8/18: mailman lady:
Lizard Lady Reptiles

5/20/18: The egg patrol: plastic to porcelain:
wrens, finch

5/21/18: bunny ears:
rabbit/bunny, donkey/ass

5/29/18: Chez Le Fourmilier:
anteateaters, ants, lobsters

5/29/18: It’s alive!:

6/2/18: Panic in Quercy Park:
falcon, lizard with querque in their Sp. names

6/29/18: Swiss spin-off: herringbone tweed:

7/3/18: Annals of edibilia: Hissing Cockroach, Severed Genitals:
#3 Madagascar hissing cockroaches; #12 turban snails

7/12/18: Golden Meanies:
dogs: golden retriever, golden Labrador

7/20/28: Jurassic Jeff:
dinosaurs; common reed frog

7/25/18: Death by staircase:
SHARK WEEK on the Discovery Channel

7/28/18: The ants are my friends?:
carpenter ants

8/2/18: Advances in phobology:
ducks, geese, swans; the family Anatidae

8/4/18: Cultural knowledge:
squirrels, dogs

8/8/18: The elephant in therapy:
elephant cartoons

8/16/18: Central Shark:
Sharknado Week on the SyFy Channel

8/16/18: Rainbow. Sharks. Rainbow sharks.:
sharks; #7 dolphins; #6 rainbow shark

8/30/18: Mandarin orange at the Malamute Saloon:
Alaskan Malamute

9/1/18: Stick insects and tree crickets:
these, and field crickets

9/4/18: Brush away the blue-tailed skink:

9/17/18: The news for shoes:
the women’s footwear company Wanda Panda; its logo the toucan

10/9/18: Nomenclature as destiny:
passenger pigeons and carrier pigeons

10/23/18: Use skate in a sentence:
skates, the cartilaginous fish

10/31/18: Revisiting 19: more proxy names:
the weasel

11/3/18: News for pumpkins: art and science:
evolution of elephantids (and cucurbits)

11/10/18: Cartoon understanding in parallel worlds:
woodpeckers, esp. the pileated woodpecker

11/25/18: Morning at the bottom of the sea:
benthic creatures, esp. worms; polychaetes; priapulida

11/29/18: A grotesque word:
gars / garfish

11/29/18: OBH information:

12/2/18: Note: the insect apocalypse:

12/5/18: News for bears: St. Corbinian:

12/5/18: News for (massive) dogs: St. Bernard of Menthon:
St. Bernard dogs (and a few bears)

12/8/18: News for bears: cities of bears:
Bern(e), Switzerland; Big Bear City and Los Osos CA

12/10/18: Understanding Bizarro:
bats as insectivores; various bat-eating creatures, especially Mexican rat snakes

12/13/18: The corten zoo of Fernando Suárez Reguera:
4 animal sculptures; plus a Deborah Butterfield horse sculpture

12/26/18: Four presents:
otter in #4, various ceramic animals in #1 and #8

1/6/19: Annals of goofy kitchenware:
brontosaurs and apatosaurs; plesiosaurs; fictional animals (Loch Ness Monster)

1/19/19: The poetry corner:
allusion to the life history of the liver fluke in the first poem

1/20/19: Know your Prideful polarites:
penguins and polar bears

1/22/19: Squirrely:
Squirrel Appreciation Day

1/28/19: Phil comes out:
groundhogs (and Groundhog Day)

1/29/19: A camelid from darkest Peru:
llamas and other camelids

2/5/19: Aquatic carpentry:
hammerhead sharks; sawfish

2/11/19: Age cannot wither them:
milk snakes, corn snakes, venomous snakes similar to them

3/3/19: Another hybrid food, no portmanteau name:
biches ‘does’ and bitches

3/3/19: The didactyl anteater, Anteater D, aka The Antedater:
the Silky Anteater, Cyclopes didactylus

3/14/19: Caribou with a pair:
caribou and reindeer

3/26/19: They might be herons:
great blue heron, Indian cobra

3/30/19: News for carnivorous penises:
mottled false moray (Chlopsis dentatus), sea cucumbers with anal teeth

4/10/19: Crunching the festive rabbits:
Tyrannosaurus rex (and other theropods)

4/11/19: Monsters and their Peeps:
theropods, Komodo dragons, snakes, lizards, crocodilians

4/18/19: Le Pingouin aux Parapluies Roses:
penguins, puffins, auks

5/9/19: Annals of inadvertently cute creatures:
leaf sheep sea slug; sea bunnies (also sea slugs)

5/15/19: News for penguins: the misread petrel:
giant petrels

5/15/19: The larval menace in their tents:
tent caterpillars, tarantulas

5/18/19: Ostentatiously playful allusions:

5/21/19: Das Wappen:

5/25/19: High 5 from a bison:

5/29/19: On the dog food watch:
dogs in Kibbles ‘n Bits ads

6/3/19: The dog of ivy:

6/25/19: Torus! Torus! Torus!:
the bull as symbol

6/29/19: A bit more reaping:
brim, the fish

7/26/19: On the lawn:

9/8/19: Greetings:
green sea turtles

9/30/19: The sea eagle:
sea eagles in Norway

10/15/19: Sharing your penguin:
leopard seals

10/19/19: Another Griffithian mantra:
catnip and cat toys

11/6/19: The Russian sardines are coming!:

11/8/19: The lizard on the 101:
alligator lizards

11/16/19: Toadsuck catfish:

11/21/19: Here’s to adorable Gina:
elasmobranches; lingcod; giant isopod; woodlice

12/13/19: Two actor POP days:
Russell terriers

12/13/19: Revisiting 39: penis fish on California beaches:
the spoon worm (aka penis fish) Urechis caupo

12/25/19: Revisiting 40: Bird X:
birds with names beginning wth X, especially the xenops

1/3/20: The penguinocalypse:
penguins, leopard seals, big cats (lions, in particular), wolves

1/13/20: Just one peanut:
elephants and peanuts

1/19/20: An infestation:
pests, vermin, invasives, infestations

1/21/20: A squirrel in the hand:
Squirrel Appreciation Day

1/31/20: Early February herbivores:
groundhogs / woodchucks

2/1/20: Revisiting 42: stalked by a giant anthropomorphic squirrel:
giant Malabar squirrels

2/10/20: Basil Ratburn:
the rat as zodiacal symbol

2/20/20: Warren swings (like a gecko tail do):
the leopard gecko

2/24/20: Eel-eater and his kind:
the rainbow snake

3/15/20: Higashi Day cartoon 5: hoods and newts:
newts, esp. Taricha granulosa, the extremely toxic rough-skinned newt

3/16/20: Higashi Day cartoon 6: Pi Day cartoon understanding:
frogs and snakes

3/19/20: Buzz me, baby:

3/24/20: The predictable blend error:

3/27/20: Chez Le Formulier II:

4/1/20: Annals of sexual slang: peacocks:

4/3/20: The triune Emperor of the Swamp: a muskrat, a fox, and a bear:

4/10/20: Martin Van Buren, feeding nachos to a hyperactive squirrel:
squirrels and bats

5/1/20: Trois lapins pour le premer mai:
rabbits, frogs

5/4/20: Our reclusive pangolinists:

5/20/20: Minimalist, and sometimes anti-bacterial:
Merino sheep

6/9/20: The June flora and fauna report:
absence of birds and creatures on my patio; roof rats, squirrels, skunks, LBJs (little brown jobs – birds), dust baths, bird feeders, snails

6/21/20: Gay hedgehog:

6/27/20: Meet the Jays:
California scrub jays (and other jays)

6/28/20: Bark if you’re Swiss:
Swiss Mountain Dogs

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