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I'm a little surprised there aren't more kangaroos, considering how many species exist. I'm betting nobody has made a caenolestid or a monito del monte...

US Yowie has made a Wallaroo and there exists the Safari Bennet-Kangaroo and the S&N/Colorata Yellow-Footed Rockwallaby as Roger and Pardofelis mentioned.
During my visit in Australia, I was really surprised to see how many different kangaroos in shape and colour exists. I tried to make photos of each that I saw, but the species identification ist rather impossible for me. I think most people know the grey and red kangaroo, quokka and the red-necked wallaby.
But as I said, identification is rather difficult and so people don´t make the difference between all the wallaby species...

Maybe we have a kangaroo expert in this forum? I would like to identify my kangaroo photos Very Happy

With your bet, I´m sure you are right. American marsupials are quiet never produced. Maybe only by australian yowie. The only american marsupial from a greater brand that I know is the virginia opossum by Safari. But I think this one is to big for blaine.

Safari Ltd have a opossum. And the are also other kangaroos by Yowies UK and a another rockwallaby by Marx.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection   Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection - Page 3 EmptyFri Mar 29, 2019 6:08 pm

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The only american marsupial from a greater brand that I know is the virginia opossum by Safari. But I think this one is to big for blaine.

Safari Ltd have a opossum. And the are also other kangaroos by Yowies UK and a another rockwallaby by Marx.

I really want the Safari LTD Virginia opossum (from the North American Wildlife Line), it just wasn't available at the time.
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection   Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection - Page 3 EmptyFri Mar 29, 2019 10:43 pm

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I confess I had some troubles also to choose a Tasmanian tiger, so I have the three, Southlands, CollectA and Mojö.

Are all the three of them more or less the same size/scale? I avoided adding any of them to my wishlist because all seems to big for me...


Yes, they are more or less the same scale and they display very well together. You can find a comparison picture in the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] cat
If the angle is not clear, I can take a side view picture showing them . Very Happy

Great thanks! Crearly, in your pic, the Southlands is the biggest (the head is much bigger than the others's heads). The best one looks like the Joan model, but being hand-made would be difficult to get. The Mojo one is good in size as the Joan model, but it have a strange face, with a sad look... and apparently a very slim body... So I think the CollectA one, despite being slightly bigger, will be my final choice.

Any of them is a good choice and obviously CollectA is a very interesting figure. To help you, CollectA's is slightly smaller than Mojö's. It has a little bonus that it is a female with a joey in her pouch. Southlands is the largest one, not much but especially because it is clearly a bulkier figure. Both Mojö and CollectA are quite slim. CollectA is close in size to the new Papo lynx but a little longer and less robuste than the feline. Go for it, you will enjoy the figure. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection   Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection - Page 3 EmptyFri Mar 29, 2019 10:55 pm

You convinced me! Very Happy

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CollectA: 27
Colorata: 14
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Safari LTD: 4
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Nayab/Happy Kin: 2
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Takara Tomy: 1
Natural History: 1
Bullyland: 1

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection   Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection - Page 3 EmptyTue Apr 02, 2019 12:17 am

The main focus today are the cartilaginous fish, Chondrichthyes, commonly known as sharks, rays, and skates. I will admit, I focused heavily on Safari LTD here, as sharks are one of the groups they do very well.

I am photographing many of the figures on one of my empty shelves, since that's an easier way to get the larger and/or multiple figures in the pics. I am going to try to get all members of a given order in one image. Displaying sharks is a challenge, because they take up a lot of surface area, but not overall space.

Remember, depth of field might affect the relative scales of the figures to one another.

Order: Carcharhiniformes (ground sharks). This order contains many familiar species including the bull, tiger, reef, and hammerhead sharks.
1. gray reef shark, Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos (Safari LTD, 2018)
2. bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas (Safari LTD, 2010)
3. oceanic white-tip shark, Carcharhinus longimanus (Safari LTD, 2019)
4. black-tipped reef shark, Carcharhinus melanopterus (Safari LTD, 2012)
5. tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier (Safari LTD, 2015)
There has been discussion on whether this figure has the correct number of gill slits (5). The way the gills are sculpted it is hard to tell if their are 5 slits or 4 slits and a slight indentation. Now that I have the figure in-hand, I think there are only 4 slits... The Monterey Bay Aquarium figure is better, but a little big compared to other shark figures displayed here. Likewise, the Kaiyodo Capsule Q figure is superb, but a little small.
6. lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris (Safari LTD, 2018)
7. blue shark, Prionace glauca (Safari LTD - Monterey Bay Aquarium, 1993)
8. whitetip reef shark, Triaenodon obesus (Safari LTD, 2018)
9. leopard shark, Triakis semifasciata (Safari LTD, 2007)
10. scalloped hammerhead shark, Sphryna lewini (CollectA, 2008)
11. bonnethead shark, Sphryna tiburo (Safari LTD, 2016)
12. great hammerhead shark, Sphryna mokkaran (Safari LTD, 1996)

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Order Lamniformes (mackerel sharks). This order contains the most familiar shark of all, the great white.
1. pelagic thresher shark, Alopias pelagicus (Safari LTD, 2014)
2. basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus (Safari LTD, 2007)
3. great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias (Safari LTD, 2016)
This 2016 version by Safari LTD is generally regarded as the best great white by modern western companies.
4. shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus (CollectA, 2014)
Reviews on the ATF indicated this figure is a little more accurate than the Safari LTD remake.
5. megamouth shark, Megachasma pelagios (Safari LTD, 2016)
6. Megalodon, †Carcharocles megalodon (Safari LTD - Prehistoric World, 2013)

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Order: Orectolobiformes (carpet sharks). The group includes several bottom-dwelling sharks and the largest extant fish, the whale shark!
1. nurse shark, Ginglymostoma cirratum (Safari LTD, 2015)
2. brown-banded bamboo shark, Chiloscyllium punctatum (Safari LTD, 2019)
3. spotted wobbegong, Orectolobus maculatus (Schleich, 2006)
My figure was purchased as part of the Coral Reef Diver set. The figure is marked as a 2006 release but the complete set was released 2015 or later.
4. whale shark, Rhincodon typus (Papo, 2018)
5. zebra shark, Stegosoma fasciatum (Safari LTD, 2007)
It has been pointed out that the color on this Safari figure resembles a juvenile shark. The CollectA figure better resembles a mature adult.

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Order Myliobatoformes (sting, manta, eagle rays, others). I am not collecting Safari LTD Incredible Creatures models which are represented by some nice rays and skates, because they are too big for my synoptic collection.
1. spotted eagle ray, Aetobatus narinari (Mojo Fun, 2018)
This figure is a bit bigger than I had expected, but it was the best of those readily available.
2. giant oceanic manta ray, Manti birostris (Safari LTD, 2018)
Based on color pattern, one could argue the older Safari manta represents the other species, M. alfredi, but I am staring with just this one.
3. cownose ray, Rhinoptera bonasus (Safari LTD, 2010)

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Order Pristifomres (sawfish).
One for starters, the largetooth sawfish, Pristis pristis (CollectA, 2014).

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Order Rajiformes (skates and guitarfishes)
One for starters, the bowmouth guitarfish (shark ray), Rhina ancylostoma (Safari LTD, 2007)
Like with the zebra shark (above), it has been suggested the color on this figure more resembles a juvenile specimen.

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Orders Hexanchiformes (frilled sharks and cow sharks), Squaliformes (dogfish), Chimaeriformes (chimaeras), and Heterodontiformes (bullhead sharks). These four orders are not closely related, and were combined for imaging purposes only.

1. Japanese bullhead shark, Heterodontus japonicus (Epoch)
2. silver chimaera, Chimaera phantasma (Colorata - Deep Sea Fish, 2015)
3. cookiecutter shark, Isistius brasiliensis (Neko Works)
This figure came unpainted, so I painted it myself.
4. frilled shark, Chlamydoselachus anguineus (Epoch - Living Fossils)

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And while technically not a member of Chondrichthyes, I thought this would be a good chance to highlight the Dunkleosteus, †Dunkleosteus terrelli (Safari LTD - Prehistoric World, 2006)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection   Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection - Page 3 EmptyTue Apr 02, 2019 5:29 am

Nice assortment! How long did it take you to assemble these?
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection   Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection - Page 3 EmptyTue Apr 02, 2019 8:23 am

Phantastic :)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection   Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection - Page 3 EmptyTue Apr 02, 2019 2:19 pm

wonderful cartiginous fishes collection! cheers cheers Applause

..I am jus beginning one with some Schleich and Papo pieces!.. :)
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection   Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection - Page 3 EmptyTue Apr 02, 2019 4:42 pm

Wonderful!
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection   Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection - Page 3 EmptyWed Apr 03, 2019 6:54 pm

Thanks for your pictures :) Nice sharks that show me one more time, that I have a lot to add in my collection when it comes to fish^^
For me as an unexpert, it would have been easier if the images would have had numbers or you followed with your description the way they were presented. So I had a lot to compare with TAI or google ^^
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection   Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection - Page 3 EmptyWed Apr 03, 2019 11:35 pm

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Thanks for your pictures :) Nice sharks that show me one more time, that I have a lot to add in my collection when it comes to fish^^
For me as an unexpert, it would have been easier if the images would have had numbers or you followed with your description the way they were presented. So I had a lot to compare with TAI or google ^^

You can always check the SUY's (Show Us Yours....threads). There you can find brand names most of the time. It's not hard work.
For example: there is a shark thread there.  
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This particular group is misrepresented in my collection and the few ones I own are a kind of non criterion ensemble. You have put a lot of thought on it and I really enjoy your choices. A good reference to those who want to enrich their collections with this kind of creatures. I agree that Safari has an excellent groupf of sharks and relatives to be complemented with other brand figures.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection   Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection - Page 3 EmptyFri Apr 05, 2019 11:39 pm

With the addition of the 2019 Papo manatee, might as well post the Sirenia (even though it was not a planned focus group).

1. dugong, Dugong dugon (CollectA, 2016)
2. West Indian manatee, Trichechus manatus (Papo, 2019)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection   Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection - Page 3 EmptySat Apr 06, 2019 10:33 am

Very Happy Applause cheers Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection   Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection - Page 3 EmptySat Apr 06, 2019 11:38 am

cheers cheers cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection   Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection - Page 3 EmptyTue Apr 16, 2019 2:07 am

The next focus groups are small mammals, the orders Rodentia (rodents), Lagomorpha (rabbits, hares, pikas), Eulipotyphia (hedgehogs, shrews, moles), and Chiroptera (bats). These groups do not form a monophyletic lineage but are grouped for convenience. When I was a generalist years ago, and admitedly before I was aware of the Japanese companies, I always felt these small mammals were neglected among toy manufacturers. How times have changed!

Because most of these are small species, I am relying heavily on Kaiyodo or other Japanese manfacturers.

Order Lagmorpha (rabbits, hares, pikas).
1. Arctic hare, Lepus arcticus (Safari LTD, 2017)
2. black-tailed jackrabbit (desert hare), Lepus californicus (Safari LTD, 2018)
3. European (brown) hare, Lepus europaeus (Papo, 2016)
4. domestic rabbit, Oryctopagus cuniculus (Kaiyodo - Choco Q Animatales Pet Series 4)
It would be nice to have a good wild-type color morph of the European rabbit as well. The CollectA figure probably represents a wild type, so I may consider that one at some point if something better does not come along.
5. Anami rabbit, Pentalagus furnessi (Kaiyodo - Natural Monuments of Japan, 2002)

I have the northern pika, Ochotoma hyperborea (Kaiyodo - Chocoegg Animatales Series 5), en route from Japan but it's taking longer than I anticipated. I don't want to delay imaging any longer than I have to.

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Order Rodentia, families Castoridae (beavers), Caviidae (cavimorph rodents), Chinchillidae (chinchillas), Erethizontidae (New World porcupines), and Heteromyidae (kangaroo rats). These groups are not necessarily related to one another within the order, but are grouped more for convenience, as they represent the largest rodents. Not shown yet is the Indian crested porcupine (family Hystricidae) which I will get when the 2019 CollectA model becomes available.
1. North American beaver, Castor canadensis (Mojo Fun, 2010)
2. domestic Guinea pig, Cavia porcellus (Kaiyodo - Chocoegg Animatales Pet Series 3)
3. capybara, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (CollectA, 2012)
I really wanted the retired Safari LTD figure but it was not readily available. Several nice models of this species have been released recently by Japanese manufacturers, but they are a bit small for my liking.
4. long-tailed chinchilla, Chinchilla lanigera (Kaiyodo - Choco Q Animatales Pet Series 4)
CollectA has a nice figure of this species, but it is a bit big for my Synoptic Collection
5. North American porcupine, Erethizon dorsatum (Safari LTD, 2018)
This figure got a lot of undeserved bad comments when it was first announced. Given the difficulties making an animal with this morphology, I think Safari did a very good job with it!
6. giant kangaroo rat, Dipodomys ingens (Kaiyodo - Red Data Animals)

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Order Rodentia, family Cricetidae (hamsters, voles, lemmings, and New World rats and mice).
1. Chinese hamster, Cricetulus griseus (Kaiyodo - Hamsters Lunch)
2. European hamster, Cricetus crecetus (Kaiyodo - Hamsters Lunch)
3. golden hamster, Mesocricetus auratus (Kaiyodo - Hamsters Lunch)
4. Campbell's dwarf hamster, Phodopus campbelli (Kaiyodo - Hamsters Lunch)
5. winter white dwarf hamster, Phodopus sungorus (Kaiyodo - Hamsters Lunch)
6. Japanese grass vole, Microtus montebelli (Kaiyodo - Chocoegg Animatales Series 4)

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Order Rodentia, family Muridae (Old World rats and mice)
1. large Japanese field mouse, Apodemus speciosus (Kaiyodo - Choco Q Animatales Series 11)
2. Ryukyu long-tailed giant rat, Diplothrix legata (Kaiyodo - Chocoegg Animatales Series 5)
3. Mongolian gerbil, Meriones unguiculatus (Kaiyodo - Choco Q Animatales Pet Series 5)
4. Eurasian harvest mouse, Micromys minutus (Kaiyodo - Capsule Q Animatales - Biwako)
5. house mouse (domestic color morph), Mus musculus (Kaiyodo - Chocoegg Animatales Pet Series 3)
Papo makes a wild-type color morph but I prefer the size of the Kaiyodo figure. If I find a nice wild-type form, it will compliment, not replace, this one.
6. Ryukyu spiny rat, Tokudaia osimensis (Kaiyodo - Natural Monuments of Japan, 2002)

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Order Rodentia, families Gliridae (dormice) and Sciuridae (squirrels, marmots, prairie dogs, and related). In addition to the species shown here, Safari LTD released some nice North American species, including a prairie dog, eastern chipmunk, northern flying squirrel, and groundhog (American marmot), as part of their Incredible Creatures line. Unfortunately, they are all too big for my Synoptic Collection. Maybe some day they will release smaller versions of them in the North American Wildlife line.
1. Japanese dormouse, Glirulus japonicus (Kaiyodo - Natural Monuments of Japan)
2. Utah prairie dog, Cynomys parvidens (Yowie USA - All Americas Series)
3. Siberian chipmunk, Eutamias sibiricus (Kaiyodo - Choco Q Animatales Series 10)
4. Himalayan marmot, Marmota himalayana (Natural History - Naturally Adorkable)
5. Alpine marmot, Marmota marmota (Papo, 2011)
6. giant Japanese flying squirrel, Petaurista leucogenys (Kaiyodo - Choco Q Animatales Series 9)
7. eastern gray squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis (Safari LTD, 2006)
8. red squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris (CollectA, 2011)

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Order Eulipotyphia (moles, shrews, and hedgehogs)
1. four-toed hedgehog (including the domestic hedgehog), Atelerix aliventris (Kaiyodo - Capsule Q Museum - Hedgehog and Sugar Glider Figure Collection)
2. Amur hedgehog, Erinaceus amurensis (Kaiyodo - Choco Q Animatales Series 10)
This same sculpt was re-released as A. eliventris, as an alternative pose, for the same Capsule Q Museum set as in number 1, above.
3. European hedgehog, Erinaceus europaeus (Schleich, 2014)
4. long-eared hedgehog, Hemiechinus auritus (Natural History - Naturally Adorkable)
5. Japanese water shrew, Chimarrogale platycephalus (Kaiyodo - Chocoegg Animatales Series 5)
6. Japanese mountain mole, Euroscaptor mizura (Kaiyodo - Choco Q Animatales Series 7)
7. small Japanese mole, Mogera imaizumii (Kaiyodo - Chocoegg Animatales Series 4)
8. Japanese shrew mole, Urotrichus talpoides (Kaiyodo - Chocoegg Animatales Series 1)

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Order Chiroptera (bats). Most bats made by Western (non-Japanese) companies are too big for my Synoptic Collection. So, for starters they will all be represented by Japanese gashapon manufacturers.
1. Ryukyu flying fox, Pteropus dasymalus (Kaiyodo - Chocoegg Animatales Series 5)
2. Bonin flying fox, Pteropus pselaphon (Kitan Club - Nature of Japan - Ogasawara)
3. greater horseshoe bat, Rhinolophus ferrumequinum (Kaiyodo - Choco Q Animatales Series Cool
4. Hodgson's (copper-winged) bat, Myotis formosus (Kaiyodo - Choco Q Animatales Series 6)
5. Japanese house bat, Pipestrellus abramus (Kaiyodo - Capsule Q Animatales - Tokyo)
6. brown long-eared bat, Plecotus auritus (Kaiyodo - Chocoegg Animatales Series 2)

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Ordered, but not yet arrived is the Kitan Club naked mole rat...

Enjoy! Remember, depth of field might affect the relative scales of the figures.
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So very very interesting

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The next formal focus group is Proboscidea (elephants and their extinct relatives). But I thought this would be a good chance to highlight Tubulidentata (aarvarks), Pholidota (pangolins), and Pilosa (anteaters and sloths). These groups are not all necessarily phylogenically closely-related, and are grouped more for conveninece. I have had some of these for a while, just waiting for the elephants to come up as a focus group to show them.

Order Proboscidea (elephants, mammoths, mastodons, etc.)

Extant elephants:
1. African bush elephant, Loxodonta africana (Safari LTD, 1996).
I went back and forth among a few options and finally decided to come back to this 1996 sculpt by Safari. An oldie, but a goodie. This is an updated paint job (I don't know what year they released this new paint scheme). When I was a generalist years ago, I had the original and this is a nice improvement.
2. Asian elephant, Elephas maximus (Mojo Fun, 2017)
Ever since this was announced, I knew if I ever became a generalist again, this would be my Asian elephant.

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Prehistoric pachyderms:
1. Ambelodon, †Ambelodon fricki (Safari LTD, 2005)
This is the 2016 repaint of the 2005 sculpt.
2. Deinotherium, †Dienotherium giganteum (Mojo Fun, 2013)
3. woolly mammoth, †Mammuthus primigenius (CollectA, 2009)
I went back-and-forth, upside-down, inside-out, and back again and almost decided not to buy this species. I just could not find a figure that I liked and at a size I wanted. The Safari Carnegie figure is iconic, and it was on eBay, but not for less than $70, and I was not about to drop that much money for a mammoth. For a while I was going back-and-forth between Papo and Mojo. I decided to give the CollectA Deluxe figure a try. I was worried it might be too big, and while it is a little big next to its relatives here, it fits my needs just fine!
4. steppe mammoth, †Mammuthus trogontherii (Eofauna, 2017)
5. straight-tusked elephant, †Palaeoloxodon antiquus (Eofauna, 2018)
Wonderful figure, but it does not stand very easily.
6. American mastodon, †Mammut americanum (Safari LTD, 2018)
7. Gomphotherium, †Gomphotherium angustidens (CollectA, 2018)

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Order Tubulidentata (aardvark).
Just one, the aardvark, Orycteropus ater, by Safari LTD (2015 repaint of a 2005 sculpt).

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Order Pilosa (sloths and anteaters)
1. brown-throated three-toed sloth, Bradypus variegatus (Papo, 2017)
2. Linnaeus' two-toed sloth, Choloepus didactylus  (Mojo Fun, 2013)
3. giant ground sloth, †Megatherium americanum (Safari LTD, 2004)
This is a 2016 repaint of the 2004 figure.
4. giant anteater, Myrmecophaga tridactyla (Safari LTD, 2005)
5. southern tamandua, Tamandua tetradactyla (Mojo Fun, 2013)

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Order Pholidota (pangolins)
1. Indian pangolin, Manis crassicaudata (Mojo Fun, 2014)
2. Chinese pangolin, Manis pentidactyla (Natural History - Naturally Adorkable)
3. giant pangolin, Smutsia gigantia (Schleich, 2016)

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I don't have the same elephants as you but I intend to get the Mojo Asian elephant too. It is also my favorite. About the African, I am having a hard life to choose one once I don't usually like any of them. I have a few and my favorite is a Britains. Though, I have a big hope that soon, CollectA will release a new African elephant once the company is replacing their most common earlier animal figures.
I also don't have many prehistoric figures, so I have the Bullyland Gompotherium, the British Museum mamoth.
Your Sirenia could be grouped here too.
Aardvark, anteaters, tamanduas are common at home. My favorite giant anteater is also the Safari.
Your Mojö sloth is a Linnaeus' two-toed sloth instead of a Hoffman's. If you want another two-toed sloth, Safari has released a Hoffman's that I still miss too. My ground sloth is the Schleich figure.

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About the African, I am having a hard life to choose one once I don't usually like any of them. I have a few and my favorite is a Britains. Though, I have a big hope that soon, CollectA will release a new African elephant once the company is replacing their most common earlier animal figures.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , my exact thoughts about African elephant. None are great and hope CollectA will make one soon (they seem to be updating their African animals)

Thanks for the correction on the sloth; I couldn't tell from the figure. But, was that Mojo's identification specifically or is it community-based?
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About the African, I am having a hard life to choose one once I don't usually like any of them. I have a few and my favorite is a Britains. Though, I have a big hope that soon, CollectA will release a new African elephant once the company is replacing their most common earlier animal figures.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , my exact thoughts about African elephant. None are great and hope CollectA will make one soon (they seem to be updating their African animals)

Thanks for the correction on the sloth; I couldn't tell from the figure. But, was that Mojo's identification specifically or is it community-based?

You'e welcome. Species are very hard to tell but that's the official Mojö's identification. Besides that, the figure was developed together with the whole STS community. :)

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About the African, I am having a hard life to choose one once I don't usually like any of them. I have a few and my favorite is a Britains. Though, I have a big hope that soon, CollectA will release a new African elephant once the company is replacing their most common earlier animal figures.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , my exact thoughts about African elephant. None are great and hope CollectA will make one soon (they seem to be updating their African animals)

Thanks for the correction on the sloth; I couldn't tell from the figure. But, was that Mojo's identification specifically or is it community-based?

You'e welcome. Species are very hard to tell but that's the official Mojö's identification. Besides that, the figure was developed together with the whole STS community. :)

Yes I learned that on your original post of the figure while I was waiting for your reply :-). I have corrected the species and year (2018 was a typo).
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My random methodology finally landed on one of the groups of birds (sensu classico). I have decided to break birds into four groups initially. These are partly phylogenetic, partly ecologic, and partly for convenience:

1. Group 1: flightless birds (Struthioniformes, Rheiformes, Casuariiformes, Apterygiformes, and related), gallinaceous birds (Galliformes), duck, geese, and swans (Anseriformes), and related.
2. Group 2: water birds: rails and cranes (Gruiformes), flamingoes (Phoenicopteriformes), grebes (Podicipediformes), gulls (Charadriiformes), albatrosses (Procellaniformes), penguins (Spenisciformes), storks (Ciconiiformes), boobies and cormorants (Suliformes), and pelicans, herons, ibises (Pelecaniformes), and related.
3. Group 3: birds of prey: Cathartiformes (New World vultures), Accipitriformes (hawks and eagles), Strigiformes (owls), and Falconiformes (falcons).
4. Group 4: everything else, including but not limited to: Trogoniformes (quetels), Coraciformes (kingfishers), Piciformes (woodpeckers and toucans), Psittaciformes (parrots), Passeriformes (perching birds), Cuculiformes (cuckoos), Columbiformes (pigeons and doves). This group might be broken up if the numbers become overwhelming.

Misc. groups will be put wherever they fit best.

I have beenpicking up birds regularly as I find them lately, because they are often unique figures at the species level, and for some reason they retire quickly.

For starters, we will be looking at Group 2. These are the Gruiformes and the orders that fall within the clade 'Aequorlitornithes'.

Order: Gruiformes (rails and cranes).
1. red-crowned crane, Grurus japonensis (Kaiyodo - Natural Monuments of Japan)
2. common moorhen, Gallinula chloropus (Kaiyodo - Chocoegg Animatales Series 5)
3. Okinawa rail, Gallirallus okinawae (Kaiyodo - Natural Monuments of Japan)

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Order: Phoenicopteriformes (flamingoes)
Just one for starters, the greater flamingo, Phoenicopterus roseus by Safari LTD (Wings of the World, 2018 repaint of a 2004 sculpt).

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Order: Podicipediformes (grebes)
1. great crested grebe, Podiceps cristatus (Kaiyodo - Chocoegg Animatales Series 4)
2. little grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis (Kaiyodo - Capsule Q Animatales - Biwako)

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Order: Charadriiformes (gulls, terns, snipes, puffins, and skuas)
1. black-tailed gull, Larus crassirostris (Kaiyodo - Chocoegg Animatales Series 4)
2. little tern, Sternula albifrons (Furuta - Chocoegg Animatales - Birds)
3. greater painted snipe, Rostratula benghalensis (male and female) (Kaiyodo - Choco Q Animatales Series 9)
I didn't need both genders, but they were sold as a pair on eBay.
4. Atlantic puffin, Fratercula arctica (Papo, 2009)

I have the south polar skua (Stercorarius maccormicki) by Kitan Club en route, but it's coming from a new Japanese dealer so I am not sure when it will arrive. I didn't want to delay imaging...

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Order: Procellariiformes (albatrosses and related)
1. black-browed albatross, Thalassarche melanophris (Papo, 2018)
At the time I bought this, I assumed it was a wandering albatross, until I learned otherwise on STS forum. So, I still need a wandering albatross (e.g. CollectA). It has been suggested the Safari 'giant' albatross is a Galapagos albatross (Phoebastria irrorata) due to its blue feet (although Safari specifically advertises it as a member of Diomedes), so I may get that one too, eventually.
2. short-tailed albatross, Phoebastria albatrus (Kaiyodo - Natural Monuments of Japan)
3. streaked shearwater, Calonectris leucomelas (Kaiyodo - Choco Q Animatales Series 6)

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Order Sphenisciformes (penguins).
A very popular group. For starters, I have ignored the bottlecap series by Kaiyodo, focusing first on the traditional brands.
1. emperor penguin, Aptenodytes forsteri (Papo, 2008)
2. rockhopper penguin, Eudyptes chrysocome (Safari LTD, 2019)
This is a 2019 repaint of a 1998 sculpt.
3. little blue (fairy) penguin, Eudyptula minor (Stuart Sales Services, 2018)
The Science and Nature figure is probably a little better, but this one came in a set with a couple unique species, so I'll go with it for now.
4. yellow-eyed penguin, Megadyptes antipodes (Yowie USA - Wild Water Series, 2019)
5. chinstrap penguin, Pygoscelis antarcticus (Safari LTD, 2008)
6. gentoo penguin, Pygoscelis papua (Mojo Fun, 2013)
7. African penguin, Speniscus demersus (Papo, 2016)
8. Humboldt penguin, Spheniscus humbolti (Safari LTD, 1997)

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Order Ciconiiformes (storks)
1. Oriental stork, Ciconia boyciana (Kaiyodo - Natural Monuments of Japan)
2. white stork, Ciconia ciconia (Papo, 2014)
3. marabou stork, Leptoptilos crumenifer (Papo, 2016)

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Order Suliformes (boobies and cormorants)
1. anhinga, Anhinga anhinga (Safari LTD - Wings of the World, 2014)
2. great cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo (Kaiyodo - Choco Q Animatales Series 6)
3. blue-footed booby, Sula nebouxii (Safari LTD - Wings of the World, 2017)

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Order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, ibises, spoonbills, herons, etc.)
1. black-crowned night heron, Nycticorax nycticorax (Kaiyodo - Choco Q Animatales Series Cool
2. shoebill, Balaeniceps rex (CollectA, 2016)
3. Australian pelican, Pelecanus conspicillatus (Science and Nature - Animals of Australia)
4. American white pelican, Pelecanus erythrorhynchus (Safari LTD - Wings of the World, 2004)
5. great white pelican, Pelecanus onocrotalus (Papo, 2011)
This figure is larger than I would have liked but it was the best readily available.
6. Japanese crested ibis, Nipponia nippon (Kaiyodo - Natural Monuments of Japan)
7. roseate spoonbill, Platalea ajaja (Safari LTD, 2016)
8. black-faced spoonbill, Platalea minor (CollectA, 2010)

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These birds look so real, your collections look amazing.
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Very Happy cheers sunny Cool study
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Beautieful birds, exactly my taste

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Gosh ! What a great collection you have !!! Shocked

And your presentation is priceless cheers Applause sunny

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Gosh ! What a great collection you have !!! Shocked

And your presentation is priceless cheers Applause sunny

I agree with Susanne.

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Amazing collection, lots of wonderful species

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your collection is increasing very fast with only great pieces! congrats Blaine! cheers cheers Applause
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Your collection of birds is magnificent and completely different from mine.
As you know, I rarely include Japanese figures in my collection.
My notes go to penguins once it is the group minimally comparable with my choices.
I was convinced you'd start with the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] that I love a lot but never acquired.
It has an Adèlie penguin, little penguins and magellanic among others.
My Adèlie penguin is the incredibly good one from Happy Kin Toys. My king penguin is the equally good one from [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - if you want the Schleich one, be aware that the mould was later used for an emperor penguin and this one is retired and was only available for a single year.
I have the Schleich African penguin, it was released 3 yars before the Papo figure and to be honest, I still continue liking better the Schleich even if the Papo is a good choice too.
I also have the Safari chinstrap but it is actually the same figure you can find on Colorata box.
For a Galápagos penguin, I have a Safari toob but the Bandaï looks really beautiful.
My little penguin is the S&N, surely nicer and if you ever get it, be sure you get the better color variation.
Curious your choice for a yellow-eyed penguin, I have the SSS but it is an illusive figure and not a masterpiece.
My Magellanic is from Maia & Borges but it is huge for you.
As mentioned before, some of these the best choice is Colorata and both you and I could fill up some gaps once they have a few species not in yours neither in my collection.

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Thanks Roger. I had completely forgotten about the Colorata box, and they seem to be a good size! I am looking into it...
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Thanks Roger. I had completely forgotten about the Colorata box, and they seem to be a good size! I am looking into it...

I'm glad of being of use. By the way, the last picture of [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] is a helpful picture to check the size of these penguins.
Now I noticed that you will have some troubles to get a brown pelican. The Safari one, that I have, is very rare as it happens with all Safari discontinued figures. Though, this particular one is especially hard to find. The other alternative, the Schleich brown pelican, is also rare and absurdly expensive. However, if it is a fact that it is a precious collectible, it is surely a bad representative of the species once it is just a random white pelican painted in brown but without the typical markings of the species contrarily to what happens with the Safari figure.

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Thanks Roger. I had completely forgotten about the Colorata box, and they seem to be a good size! I am looking into it...

I'm glad of being of use. By the way, the last picture of [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] is a helpful picture to check the size of these penguins.
Now I noticed that you will have some troubles to get a brown pelican. The Safari one, that I have, is very rare as it happens with all Safari discontinued figures. Though, this particular one is especially hard to find. The other alternative, the Schleich brown pelican, is also rare and absurdly expensive. However, if it is a fact that it is a precious collectible, it is surely a bad representative of the species once it is just a random white pelican painted in brown but without the typical markings of the species contrarily to what happens with the Safari figure.

Yes the Schleich brown pelican was on eBay but too expensive for now. The Safari one would be nice if I can ever come across it
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The Brown Pelican from Schleich maybe resembles a juvenile one.
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OK, time for the cestaceans (whales and dolphins). I have to admit, just like with the sharks, this is a group that historically even when I was a generalist years ago, I didn't care to collect. They are big, expensive, and take up a lot of surface area but little space. Times and quality have changed and the recent cetaceans have sparked a new love for them by me (the old MBA figures are still among the best, and often readily available, but too big for my current tastes).

For the cetaceans, I decided to pursue 'standard' sized whales but, when possible, 'TOOB-sized' dolphins or porpoises. That way the figures are more realistic next to each other with regards to scale. Most of these are not in scale with each other, a difficult feat with cetaceans, but I think TOOB-sized dolphins (thank you, Safari LTD!!!!) look better next to standard whales. There are a couple standard dolphins or porpoises, just because they are figures of rare/unique species and there are not better options.

Due to the size of the figures, I am presenting them differently, instead doing shots of them on the display shelves. There will be one big shot and then a couple closer shots. You might notice two things about these images:

1. Yes, the manatee and dugong are there too. I am displaying these groups together for ecological reasons, not taxonomic.

2. You might wonder what that empty shelf in the upper right is for? That is where the pinnipeds will sit when I do miscellaneous carnivores :-).

Taxa in the images:

Family †BASILOSAURIDAE (basilosaurs)
1. Basilosaurus, †Basilosaurus cetoides (CollectA, 2017)

Family BALAENIDAE (right whales)
1. bowhead whale, Balaena mysticetus (CollectA, 2014)
Reviews on the ATF suggest the Safari figure is probably a little more accurate in terms of curvature of the mouth, but the paint job on the CollectA figure outways minor morphologic nuances.
2. southern right whale, Eubalaena australis (Safari LTD, 2017)
There are three species of Eubalaena and they cannot be separated morphologically, Safari did not market this as a given species, so I took the conservative approach and designated the type species.

Family BALAENOPTERIDAE (rorquals)
1. sei whale, Balaenoptera borealis (Safari LTD, 2018)
2. blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus (CollectA, 2018)
3. humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae (CollectA, 2009)

Family ESCHRICHTIIDAE (gray whale)
Molecular data suggests the gray whale should probably be placed within Balaenopteridae.
1. gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus (CollectA, 2018)
This might be my favorite of all these figures :-)

Family DELPHINIDAE (oceanic dolphins)
1. Hector's dolphin, Cephalorhynchus hectori (Stuart Sales Services - NZ Wildlife Figures Pack, 2018)
2. short-finned pilot whale, Globicephala macrorhynchus (Safari LTD, 2014)
I've seen the CollectA pilot whale representing the long-finned pilot whale, so I may have to get that one at some point.
3. killer whale, Orcinus orca (Safari LTD, 2019)
4. Dolphins TOOB (Safari LTD, 2019) - 10 species
sorry to be lazy here; those of you that want or have this TOOB know the species composition.

Family MONODONTIDAE (Arctic whales)
1. beluga, Delphinapterus leucas(Papo, 2014)
2. narwhal, Monodon monoceros (CollectA, 2013)

Family PHOCOENIDAE (porpoises)
1. vaquita, Phocoena sinus (Safari LTD, 2019)

Families PHYSETERIDAE and KOGIIDAE (sperm whales)
1. sperm whale, Physeter macrocephalus (CollectA, 2018)
2. pygmy sperm whale, Kogia breviceps (CollectA, 2014)

Family PLATANISTIDAE (Ganges river dolphin)
1. Ganges river dolphin, Platanista gangetica (CollectA, 2013)

Family ZIPHIIDAE (beaked whales)
1. Blainville's beaked whale, Mesoplodon densirostris (CollectA, 2016)

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OK, that is going to be all for about a month or so...
next up, freshwater bony fish!


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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection   Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection - Page 3 EmptyFri May 10, 2019 8:25 pm

Applause Razz cheers I love you

Wonderful Cetacean collection. I'm really impressed. I also like your presentation. Thanks to you I know now how beautiful the new Safari Orca is. And also the Basilosaurus is incredible.

Your collection is also a bit like Christmas.
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection   Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection - Page 3 EmptyFri May 10, 2019 8:38 pm

The core of your cetaceans collection is based on CollectA figures. That is a wise decision. I also think the grey whale is one of the most incredible figures of this batch.
I don't know if you are being more selective with cetacean species but you stepped some you can find on Maia & borges range. If you have troubles finding them, I can always try to see what can I find locally.

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Yes, the Gray Whale is even more impressive when you have it in your hands.
And yes, Maia & Borges has the short-beaked Common Dolphin, the close relative of the long-beaked Common Dolphin from CollectA. Moreover, the Right Whale from Maia & Borges is a real North Atlantic Right Whale, because it has a bluish colour. My old Prof said, that more North Atlantic Right Whales show this colouration than the North Pacific ones . So, in my collection the one from M&B (thank you again, Roger Very Happy) is my North Atlantic one and my older Right Whale from Schleich is the North Pacific one. I'm still waiting for a Right Whale white a white spot on its back, because this is typical for Southern Right Whales.
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection   Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection - Page 3 EmptyFri May 10, 2019 8:52 pm

And if you are interested in Orca subspecies, which also could be real separated species, the new one from Safari is a perfect Southern Resident. Whereas Schleich's Orca from 2013 is a Type 2 North-Eastern Atlantic one.
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection   Blaine's Synoptic Animal Collection - Page 3 EmptyFri May 10, 2019 9:33 pm

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And if you are interested in Orca subspecies, which also could be real separated species, the new one from Safari is a perfect Southern Resident. Whereas Schleich's Orca from 2013 is a Type 2 North-Eastern Atlantic one.

Very very interesting. I hope that you will share all this also here :)

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Time for the third and final group of fish, the freshwater bony fish (Osteichthyes), although some of these species do have a saltwater component to their life cycle. This group of fish has been largely ignored, especially by 'major' western companies. And when western companies do produce them, they are usually too big for my desired sizes (e.g. Safari LTD Incredible Creatures). Even someone like me, who normally focuses on arthropods, must admit that freshwater fish are one of the most neglected groups among toy/figure manufacturers.

I started with a complete set (minus secrets) of Yujin Freshwater Fish Pictorial Book 1, the Colorata Fossil Fishes box, and two sets by Toy Fish Factory. I filled in some gaps with some from Furuta, Kaiyodo, Replica Toy Fish, and a few from the second Yujin set. I am sure [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] will tease me and remind me how many species I am missing, but remember this is just a base to start with. I will gradually add to it over time.

Like with the marine Osteichthyes, I am following a 2016 classification of the Perciformes (sensu lato). Also, as with the marine Osteichthyes, I am doing one image per Order, so this will be another image-heavy post.

Sarcopterygii, Order Ceratodontiformes (lungfish).
One figure, the Queensland lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri (Colorata)

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All remaining orders are part of the Actinopterygii:

Order Polypteriformes (bichirs).
One figure, the saddled bichir, Polypterus endlicheri endlicheri (Colorata)

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Order Acipenseriformes (sturgeons)
1. lake sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens (Replica Toy Fish)
2. Chinese sturgeon, Acipenser sinensis (Colorata)
3. beluga sturgeon, Huso huso (Yowie USA)

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Order Lepisosteiformes (gars)
1. alligator gar, Atractosteus spatula (adult by Colorata; juvenlie by Replica Toy Fish)
2. longnose gar, Lepisosteus osseus (longnose gar)

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Order Anguiliformes (true eels)
I presented several of these when I did the marine Osteichthyes, but only one here, the giant mottled eel, Anguilla marmorata (Kaiyodo)

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Order Osteoglossiformes (arowanas)
1. pirarucu, Arapaima gigas (Colorata)
2. Asian arowana, Scleropages formosus (Malaysian gold highback variety by Yujin; Malayan blue variety by Colorata)
I am retaining both color forms as they may eventually be split into different species; it is a hot topic of debate right now.

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Order Cypriniformes (carp, minnows, loaches)
1. domestic goldfish, Carassius auratus (Yujin)
2. Langsdorf's goldfish (ginbuna), Carassius langsdorfii (Yujin)
This is sometimes regarded as a subspecies of C. auratus.
3. common carp, Cyprinus carpio (Yujin)
4. rosy bitterling, Rhodeus ocellatus (Yujin)
5. big-scale redfin, Tribolodon hakonensis (Yujin)
6. pale chub, Zacco platypus (Yujin)
7. kissing loach, Parabotia curtus (Kaiyodo)
8. three-lips, Opsariichthys uncirostris (Kaiyodo)

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Order Characiformes (tetras, piranhas, and relatives)
1. goliath tigerfish, Hydrocynus goliath (Toy Fish Factory)
Nice species but not crazy about the paint job on this guy.
2. red-bellied piranha, Pycocentrus nattereri (Toy Fish Factory)
This figure came in one of the TFF sets but it will probably be eventually replaced by the 2019 Papo figure or maybe the Kaiyodo bottlecap figure (if I can get it at a decent price)

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Order Siluriformes (catfish)
1. reddish bullhead, Liobargus reinii (Kaiyodo)
2. Sterba's catfish, Corydoras sterbai (Kaiyodo)
3. channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus (Toy Fish Factory)
4. vermiculated sailfin catfish, Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus (Kaiyodo)
5. Lake Biwa catfish, Silurus biwaensis (Kaiyodo)
6. goonch, Bagarius yarrelli (Toy Fish Factory)

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Order Salmoniformes (trout and salmon)
This large group was not covered under the marine Osteichthyes.
1. Colorado river cutthroat trout, Oncorhynchus clarkii pleuriticus (Replica Toy Fish)
2. greenback cutthroat trout, Oncorhynchus clarkii stomias (Replica Toy Fish)
3. chum salmon, Oncorhynchus keta (Yujin)
4. cherry salmon, Oncorhynchus masou masou (Yujin)
5. Biwa trout, Oncorhynchus rhodurus (Kaiodo)
This is sometimes regarded as a subspecies of O. masou.
6. golden trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita (Replica Toy Fish)
7. rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss mykiss (Yujin)
8. Sakhalin taimen, Parahucho perry (Yujin)
9. white-spotted char, Salvelinus leucomaenis (Yujin)

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Order Esociformes (pikes)
1. northern pike, Esox lucidus (Replica Toy Fish)
2. muskellunge, Esox masquinongy (Replica Toy Fish)
3. tiger muskie, Esox lucidus x E. masquinongy hybrid (Replica Toy Fish)

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Order Osmeriformes (freshwater smelts)
Just one, the ayu, Plecoglossus altivelis (Yujin)

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Order Anabantiformes (snakeheads and related)
1. northern snakehead, Channa argus (Yujin)
2. giant snakehead, Channa micropeltes (Toy Fish Factory)
3. paradise fish, Macropodus opercularis (Yujin)

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Order Beloniformes (ricefish)
One among the freshwater species, the Japanese rice fish, Oryzias latipes (Yujin)

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Order Cyprinodontiformes (killfish, pupfish, etc.)
Just one, Devil's Hole pupfish, Cyprinodon diabolis (Yowie USA)

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Order Centarchiformes (temperate perch)
1. bluegill, Lepomis macrochirus (Toy Fish Factory)
2. largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides (Kaiyodo)
3. white crappie, Pomoxis annularis (Toy Fish Factory)
The verdict is still out on the species, but Sean and I have discussed and are leaning to the white crappie over the black crappie. Besides, the artwork on the tackle box it came in depicts the white crappie.
4. Japanese perch, Coreoperca kawamebari (Kaiyodo)

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Order Moroniformes (temperate bass)
Just one, the striped bass, Morone saxatilis (Toy Fish Factory)
I like the background color of this figure more than the RTF figure, but wish the stripes were somewhere in between the two...

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Order Gasterosteiformes (sticklebacks)
Just one, the three-spined stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus (Yujin)

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Carangia, incertae sedis:
the barramundi, Lates calcarifer (Yujin)

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Order Tetraodontiformes (pufferfish and related)
Just one among the freshwater fishies, the grass puffer, Takifugu niphobles (Yujin)

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Beautiful. They are all wonderful. I also love the fish from Roy Fish Factory, but it's hard to get them in Germany.
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I don't have many of these, besides a few Replica Toy fish and some other sporidical addition. I don't give too much focus to this group of animals. In any way I mean it lacks interest but a good set of species needs a good investment once most are Japanese. You are really building a very decent group of fishes from every kind.

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I see that Kaiyodo and yujin, are two brands with interesting models

And you have one lot. cheers cheers

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