animal (plural animals)

  1. (sciences) A eukaryote of the clade Animalia; a multicellular organism that is usually mobile, whose cells are not encased in a rigid cell wall (distinguishing it from plants and fungi) and which derives energy solely from the consumption of other organisms (distinguishing it from plants).
  2. (loosely) Any member of the kingdom Animalia other than a human.
  3. (loosely, colloquial) Any land-living vertebrate (i.e. not fishesinsects, etc.).
  4. (figuratively) A person who behaves wildly; a bestial, brutal, brutish, cruel, or inhuman person.
  5.  (informal) A person of a particular type.

Humblot’s sunbird

Humblot’s sunbird is a species of bird in the family Nectariniidae. It is endemic to the islands of Grand Comoro and Mohéli in the Comoros. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Passeriformes Family: Nectariniidae Genus: Cinnyris Species:C. humbloti C. humbloti

Phyllonorycter formosella

Phyllonorycter formosella is a moth of the family Gracillariidae. It is known from the Seychelles. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Lepidoptera Infraorder: Heteroneura Family: Gracillariidae Genus: Phyllonorycter Species: P. formosella

Stream and River Deposits

As you possibly already know, the Earth’s surface is constantly eroded by flowing water. After rivers erode rock and soil, they deposit (drop) their load downstream. This process is known as deposition. Rocks and soils deposited by streams are known as “sediments”. Rivers and streams deposit sediment where the speed of the water current decreases. In …

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Hydrelia rubricosta

Hydrelia rubricosta is a moth in the family Geometridae first described by Hiroshi Inoue in 1982. It is found in Nepal and China. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Lepidoptera Family: Geometridae Genus: Hydrelia Species: H. rubricosta

Longhorn beetle

Longhorn beetles (Cerambycidae), often known as long-horned or longicorn beetles, are a huge family of beetles with over 35,000 species documented. The antennae of most species are as long as or longer than the beetle’s body. However, the antennae of certain members of the family are relatively small, making it difficult to identify them from …

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Enotocleptes intermicollis

Enotocleptes intermicollis is a species of beetle in the family Cerambycidae. It was described by Stephan von Breuning in 1940. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Coleoptera Suborder: Polyphaga Family: Cerambycidae Genus: Enotocleptes Species: E. intermicollis

Thais melones

Thais melones is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Muricidae, the murex snails or rock snails. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Mollusca Class: Gastropoda (unranked): clade Caenogastropodaclade Hypsogastropodaclade Neogastropoda Superfamily: Muricoidea Family: Muricidae Subfamily: Rapaninae Genus: Thais Subgenus: Vasula Species: T. melones

Clivina bolivari

Clivina bolivari is a species of ground beetle in the subfamily Scaritinae. It was described by Barr in 1967. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Coleoptera Family: Carabidae Genus: Clivina Species: C. bolivari


Insects (from Latin insectum) are pancrustacean hexapod invertebrates of the class Insecta. They are the largest group within the arthropod phylum. Insects have a chitinous exoskeleton, a three-part body (head, thorax and abdomen), three pairs of jointed legs, compound eyes and one pair of antennae. Insects are the most diverse group of animals; they include more than a million described species and represent more than half of all known living organisms. The total number of extant species is estimated at …

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Butterflies are insects in the macrolepidopteran clade Rhopalocera from the order Lepidoptera, which also includes moths. Adult butterflies have large, often brightly colored wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. The group comprises the large superfamily Papilionoidea, which contains at least one former group, the skippers, and the most recent analyses suggest it also contains the moth-butterflies. Butterfly fossils date to the Paleocene, about 56 million years ago. Kingdom: …

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Glyphostoma pilsbryi

Glyphostoma pilsbryi is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Clathurellidae. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Mollusca Class: Gastropoda (unranked): clade Caenogastropodaclade Hypsogastropodaclade Neogastropoda Superfamily: Conoidea Family: Clathurellidae Genus: Glyphostoma Species: G. pilsbryi


Scoloposcelis is a genus of minute pirate bugs in the family Lyctocoridae. There are about seven described species in Scoloposcelis. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Hemiptera Family: Lyctocoridae Tribe: Scolopini Genus: Scoloposcelis These seven species belong to the genus Scoloposcelis: Scoloposcelis basilica Scoloposcelis flavicornis Scoloposcelis koreanus Scoloposcelis obscurella Scoloposcelis parallela Scoloposcelis pulchella Scoloposcelis seidaii 

In Pursuit of Honor

In Pursuit of Honor is a 1995 American made-for-cable Western film directed by Ken Olin. Don Johnson stars as a member of a United States Cavalry detachment refusing to slaughter its horses after being ordered to do so by General Douglas MacArthur. The movie follows the plight of the officers as they attempt to save the animals that the Army no longer needs …

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Plants are predominantly photosynthetic eukaryotes of the kingdom Plantae. Historically, the plant kingdom encompassed all living things that were not animals, and included algae and fungi; however, all current definitions of Plantae exclude the fungi and some algae, as well as the prokaryotes. By one definition, plants form the clade Viridiplantae, a group that includes the flowering plants, conifers and other gymnosperms, ferns and their allies, hornworts, liverworts, mosses, and the green algae, but excludes the red and brown algae.


In biology, an organism is any organic, living system that functions as an individual entity. All organisms are composed of cells (cell theory). Organisms are classified by taxonomy into groups such as multicellular animals, plants, and fungi; or unicellular microorganisms such as protists, bacteria, and archaea. All types of organisms are capable of reproduction, growth …

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A desert is a barren area of landscape where little precipitation occurs and, consequently, living conditions are hostile for plant and animal life. The lack of vegetation exposes the unprotected surface of the ground to the processes of denudation. About one-third of the land surface of the Earth is arid or semi-arid. This includes much of the polar regions, where little precipitation occurs, and which are …

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An automaton is a relatively self-operating machine, or control mechanism designed to automatically follow a properations, or respond to predetermined instructions. Some automata, such as bellstrikers in mechanical clocks, are designed to give the illusion to the casual observer that they are operating under their own power. Since long ago, the term is commonly associated with automated puppets that …

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Land is the solid surface of Earth that is not permanently submerged in water. Most but not all land is situated at elevations above sea level (variable over geologic time frames) and consists mainly of crustal components such as rock, sand, soil, and sometimes ice. The vast majority of human activity throughout history has occurred in land areas that support agriculture, habitat, and various natural resources. Some life forms, including terrestrial plants and terrestrial animals, …

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Hamza (cicada)

Hamza is a genus of cicadas in the family Cicadidae. There is at least one described species in Hamza, H. ciliaris. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Hemiptera Family: Cicadidae Genus: Hamza


Nocturnality is an animal behavior characterized by being active during the night and sleeping during the day. The common adjective is “nocturnal“, versus diurnal meaning the opposite. Nocturnal creatures generally have highly developed senses of hearing, smell, and specially adapted eyesight. Some animals, such as cats and ferrets, have eyes that can adapt to both low-level and bright day levels of illumination (see metaturnal). Others, such as bushbabies and …

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Moths are a paraphyletic group of insects that includes all members of the orderLepidoptera that are not butterflies, with moths making up the vast majority of the order. There are thought to be approximately 160,000 species of moth, many of which have yet to be described. Most species of moth are nocturnal, but there are also crepuscular and diurnal species. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Lepidoptera


A tool is an object that can extend an individual’s ability to modify features of the surrounding environment. Although many animals use simple tools, only human beings, whose use of stone tools dates back hundreds of millennia, have been observed using tools to make other tools. Early tools, made of such materials as stone, bone, and wood, were used for preparation …

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Humidity is the concentration of water vapor present in the air. Water vapor, the gaseous state of water, is generally invisible to the human eye. Humidity indicates the likelihood for precipitation, dew, or fog to be present. Humidity depends on the temperature and pressure of the system of interest. The same amount of water vapor results in higher humidity in cool air …

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Mallonia granulata

Mallonia granulata is a species of beetle in the family Cerambycidae. It was described by William Lucas Distant in 1892. It is known from South Africa. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Coleoptera Suborder: Polyphaga Family: Cerambycidae Genus: Mallonia Species: M. granulata

Lepidochrysops erici

Lepidochrysops erici is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is found in north-western Zambia. Adults have been recorded in October. Adults feed on flowers of the larval host plant. The larvae feed on Ocimum species. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Lepidoptera Family: Lycaenidae Genus: Lepidochrysops Species: L. erici Etymology The species named for Eric Gardiner, son of the author.


Acrobelione is a genus of Isopoda parasites, in the family Bopyridae, containing the following species: Acrobelione anisopoda Bourdon, 1981 Acrobelione halimedae Boyko, Williams & Shields, 2017 Acrobelione langi Van Name, 1920 Acrobelione reverberii Restivo, 1970 Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Subphylum: Crustacea Class: Malacostraca Order: Isopoda Family: Bopyridae Genus: Acrobelione

Macrostomus divisus

Macrostomus divisus is a species of dance flies, in the fly family Empididae. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Diptera Superfamily: Empidoidea Family: Empididae Subfamily: Empidinae Genus: Macrostomus Species: M. divisus

Santa Ana Zoo

Date opened 1952 Location Santa Ana, California, United States Coordinates 33°44′38.094″N 117°50′33.11″W Land area 20 acres (8.1 ha) No. of animals 250 Annual visitors 270,000 Major exhibits Amazon’s Edge, Colors of the Amazon Aviary, Crean Family Farm, Monkey Row, Tierra de las Pampas Website The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park in Santa Ana, California, is a 20-acre (8.1 ha) zoo focusing on the …

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