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Dendrobium is a huge genus of orchids, established by Olof Swartz in 1799 & today contains about 1,200 species. The genus occurs in diverse habitats throughout much of S, E SE Asia, incl. China, Japan, India, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, New Guinea, Vietnam, & many of the islands of the Pacific. The name is from the Greek dendron (“tree”) and bios (“life”); meaning “one who lives on trees”, or, essentially, “epiphyte”. - See more on this site


A new genus of bat has been discovered in South Sudan, the world’s newest country. The strikingly striped bat has been placed into the genus Niumbaha, which means “rare” or “unusual” in the Zande language of the region. The researchers carefully studied the specimen they caught and compared it with other known bats. “Literally everything you look at doesn’t fit” the previous species designation, DeAnn Reeder said in a prepared statement. “It’s so unique that we need to create a new genus.”


Scabious Flower Fairy Vintage Print, Cicely Mary Barker-printed c.1927 – The Scabious Fairy is one of Cicely Barkers Summer Flower Fairies.


Ferocactus glaucescens is a genus of large barrel-shaped cacti. They are found in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. The name derives from the Latin word “ferox”, meaning “fierce” and the Greek word “kaktos”, meaning “thistle”


Giant Huntsman spider--largest spider in the world by leg-span. It was discovered in a cave in Laos in 2001.


Flamingos or flamingoes are a type of wading bird in the genus Phoenicopterus (from Greek, meaning "purple wing"), the only genus in the family Phoenicopteridae. There are four flamingo species in the Americas and two species in the Old World. Young flamingos hatch with greyish reddish plumage, but adults range from light pink to bright red due to aqueous bacteria and beta-Carotene obtained from their food supply. A well-fed, healthy flamingo is more vibrantly colored.

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A pangolin, the name, comes from the Malay word, pengguling, meaning "something that rolls up".


Seahorse is the title given to 54 species of marine fish in the genus Hippocampus. "Hippocampus" comes from the Ancient Greek hippos meaning "horse" and kampos meaning "sea monster."


A pangolin also referred to as a scaly anteater or trenggiling is a mammal of the order Pholidota. The one extant family, Manidae, has one genus, Manis, which comprises eight species. A number of extinct species are known. A pangolin has large keratin scales covering its skin, and is the only known mammal with this adaptation. It is found naturally in tropical regions throughout Africa and Asia. The name, pangolin, comes from the Malay word, pengguling, meaning "something that rolls up".