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New species of Cecilian
Picture of the Month

Picture of the Month - Caecilian

This month's winner is Ton Smit's fantastic image of a new species of Caecilian in the Khao Yai National Park. You can read more of how Ton took the photograph by clicking here

"The caecilians are an order (Gymnophiona) of amphibians that superficially resemble earthworms or snakes. They mostly live hidden in the ground, making them the least familiar order of amphibians. Caecilians' vision is limited to dark-light perception,[6] and their anatomy is highly adapted for a burrowing lifestyle. They have a strong skull, with a pointed snout used to force their way through soil or mud. In most species, the bones in the skull are reduced in number and fused together, and the mouth is recessed under the head. Their muscles are adapted to pushing their way through the ground, with the skeleton and deep muscles acting as a piston inside the skin and outer muscles." See more information on Caecilians at WikiPedia

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onflipflops replied the topic: #2488 08 Nov 2014 01:05
Thanks for the honour!
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Bagheera replied the topic: #2502 14 Nov 2014 07:42
Really nice shot this Ton, got a wonderful moody feel to it.

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