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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:12 am

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Yes would agree-it looks in shape like an African Civet but the markings are incorrect!

Well, yeah--the sculpt is okay, but the colours are 'unusual'! Sort of like many of the Play Visions civets, really.

Indeed.

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Wed Jan 13, 2016 8:00 am

Many thanks :)

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:14 pm

What you think what specie is this monkey

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:11 pm

Do you have a smaller picture, please?
lol!

You don't think it is a Baboon?

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:21 pm

Agreed, it looks like a female chacma baboon. But the photo is a little small to be certain!

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:19 am

Many thanks, but i only have a pic and not the figurine :)

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:44 pm

I am working species pages on Toy Animal Wiki and often I find species that I cannot identify. I'll use this topic to have your help if possible. I won't post them at once.
I'll start with some crabs once it is the section I am working at the moment.
Does anyone knows the species of this crab from K&M kelp forest tube?

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:13 pm

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Could it be a Spotted Moon Crab?
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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:59 am

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Could it be a Spotted Moon Crab?

Bowhead, I am not even able of confirming or or telling that it is not. geek Though, I appreciate a lot your effort to find something that could look similar to it. If there aren't better ideas, I'll use your suggestion... thanks! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Fri Mar 25, 2016 7:28 am

I'm not sure spotted moon crabs live in Kelp forest scratch

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:59 pm

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I'm not sure spotted moon crabs live in Kelp forest scratch

Well, they do live near the sea grasses... study
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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Sat Mar 26, 2016 11:00 pm

I confess I checked lots of pictures of the most common crabs that live in kep forests and I haven't found a spotted moon crab neither any other crab that could look like this one.
It is not easy once some species are variable and kelp crabs are often decorated. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:49 pm

What about a Sheep Crab?
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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:21 pm

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What about a Sheep Crab?

scratch Why not? I'm afraid it will stay a Mystery crab for me.

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Mon Mar 28, 2016 11:24 pm

Thanks again to both of you! I also have no reasons to tell that it is not a sheep crab but I can't be sure. I confess I checked several kelp forest websites and I hope you're not tired of watching crabs as I do. Laughing
I thought the unusual coloring could mean that it was based in a real species but now I fear it was just a result from personal criativity! Wink

I think next one is easier, it seems collectors identify it as a dungeness crab, what do you think?
I am asking once it is not yet identifyied on TAI and my Mother always told me to never risk with a crab. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Thu Mar 31, 2016 9:38 pm

I believe it's a "Cancer pagurus", a crab we call "tourteau" in french.
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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Sat Apr 02, 2016 12:59 am

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I believe it's a "Cancer pagurus", a crab we call "tourteau" in french.

I think you're right, thanks! Very Happy
I have now two friendly fish. Wink

Both K&M, first a rubber figure called scorpionfish, 2nd a figure from a venomous set and called lionfish.
Can anyone help me with the exact species name?

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Sun Apr 03, 2016 12:48 am

No idea about their species? Anyone? Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:08 am

No, - but they are beautyful Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:03 am

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I believe it's a "Cancer pagurus", a crab we call "tourteau" in french.

I think you're right, thanks! Very Happy
I have now two friendly fish. Wink

Both K&M, first a rubber figure called scorpionfish, 2nd a figure from a venomous set and called lionfish.
Can anyone help me with the exact species name?

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The first i never saw before and i think it is a lionfish too. And a must have for me and i will add it in my wishlist.

With the blue spots i think it is a occelated Lionfish - twospot turkeyfish.

For the second i am not sure but i think it is a antenna lionfish.

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:51 pm

Photographing my AAA figurines for TAi's AAA section, I came across this croc:

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When trying to identify it by scrolling through TAi, I came across the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], which is the same model as my AAA croc. But I feel really uncomfortable when it comes to determining non-mammal species, so I'm asking you guys: is my AAA crocodile a Nile crocodile as well? scratch

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:54 am

I got another one for you, this time a lynx!

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What do you think it is? Eurasian lynx, Canadian lynx, Iberian lynx or bobcat?? I'm stuck Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:17 am

Seeing his body proportions it could be a hybrid: Eurasian lynx with manul cat (Pallas cat), that's my guess  Wink  Smile I'm just kidding of course, he is very cute, it's very nice lynx, quite chubby, maybe in winter fur. Very Happy
His markings are similar to those of Eurasian lynx, i think. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Tue Apr 05, 2016 1:55 pm

Julie, very interesting to know that a mold we always assumed as Safari is also a AAA!
It is very hard to identify crocodile species, we can often see if it is a crocodile, gharial or alligator, the remaining differences are only for experts. Our [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] is very good identifying them. Very Happy
What we do on TAI? When a species is not identifiable, we ask here or include on incertae sedis sections. Though, often, when there's no evidence that it is not a common species of a certain taxa, we introduce it as that common species.
For example, there are several hedgehog species, often, figures are only labeled hedgehog without any species identification, we know these are almost always common hedgehogs, if there's no evidence that is it not a common hedgehog, we introduce it has that species.
With crocs the same, figures that are only identifyed as crocodile and we cannot see anything unusual for a Nile crocodile, we introduce it as that species once it is by far the most common and replicated croc. If someone later identifies it as another species, an American crocodile or anything else, we can always fix it easily.
That lynx is a little different, Eurasian lynxes are the most common in toy shape, though, AAA, as a ODM company, obviously designs them in an ambiguous way to make them fit to different series. Coloring may change with the brand that sells it, if I am not wrong, Mamejo Nature was selling it with North American woodland animals but European companies with European. Often it is mixed among non related animals as we can see on the Italian catalogue where it is together with lions and wolves. I would introduce it as an Eurasian lynx and painting seems to fit it nicely. Very Happy

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The first i never saw before and i think it is a lionfish too. And a must have for me and i will add it in my wishlist.

With the blue spots i think it is a occelated Lionfish - twospot turkeyfish.

For the second i am not sure but i think it is a antenna lionfish.








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The first i never saw before and i think it is a lionfish too. And a must have for me and i will add it in my wishlist.

With the blue spots i think it is a occelated Lionfish - twospot turkeyfish.

For the second i am not sure but i think it is a antenna lionfish.
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I believe it's a "Cancer pagurus", a crab we call "tourteau" in french.

I think you're right, thanks! Very Happy
I have now two friendly fish. Wink

Both K&M, first a rubber figure called scorpionfish, 2nd a figure from a venomous set and called lionfish.
Can anyone help me with the exact species name?

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The first i never saw before and i think it is a lionfish too. And a must have for me and i will add it in my wishlist.

With the blue spots i think it is a occelated Lionfish - twospot turkeyfish.

For the second i am not sure but i think it is a antenna lionfish.

Thanks Andreas, I'll study your suggestions! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:21 pm

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What do you think it is? Eurasian lynx, Canadian lynx, Iberian lynx or bobcat?? I'm stuck Laughing

That looks like a Hangover lynx to me.
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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:17 pm

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I believe it's a "Cancer pagurus", a crab we call "tourteau" in french.

I think you're right, thanks! Very Happy
I have now two friendly fish. Wink

Both K&M, first a rubber figure called scorpionfish, 2nd a figure from a venomous set and called lionfish.
Can anyone help me with the exact species name?

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The Brown lion fish is a SCORPAENA PORCUS and the orange one is a PTEROIS ANTENNATA.
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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:24 am

Thank you Valérie, I added both species to TAI and included these two to their respective pages according with your help! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:11 am

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I believe it's a "Cancer pagurus", a crab we call "tourteau" in french.

I think you're right, thanks! Very Happy
I have now two friendly fish. Wink

Both K&M, first a rubber figure called scorpionfish, 2nd a figure from a venomous set and called lionfish.
Can anyone help me with the exact species name?

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The Brown lion fish is a SCORPAENA PORCUS and the orange one is a PTEROIS ANTENNATA.

I think the first is a dendrochirus biocellatus. Look the 2 blue spots.

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:44 pm

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I believe it's a "Cancer pagurus", a crab we call "tourteau" in french.

I think you're right, thanks! Very Happy
I have now two friendly fish. Wink

Both K&M, first a rubber figure called scorpionfish, 2nd a figure from a venomous set and called lionfish.
Can anyone help me with the exact species name?

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The Brown lion fish is a SCORPAENA PORCUS and the orange one is a PTEROIS ANTENNATA.

I  think the first is a dendrochirus biocellatus. Look the 2 blue spots.

I would tend to agree--the overall body and finnage are more likely a lionfish of some sort than a scorpionfish.

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Wed Apr 06, 2016 4:08 pm

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The Brown lion fish is a SCORPAENA PORCUS and the orange one is a PTEROIS ANTENNATA.

I think the first is a dendrochirus biocellatus. Look the 2 blue spots.

I would tend to agree--the overall body and finnage are more likely a lionfish of some sort than a scorpionfish.

Once we have two opinions in the same direction, I moved it to Dendrochirus biocellatus. It has fan like pectoral fins and wiskers, together with the spots, I think it works nicely as a twospot lionfish. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:44 pm

So, I made a mistake... Embarassed Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:29 pm

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His markings are similar to those of Eurasian lynx, i think. Smile

Thanks, Anna!

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Julie, very interesting to know that a mold we always assumed as Safari is also a AAA!
It is very hard to identify crocodile species, we can often see if it is a crocodile, gharial or alligator, the remaining differences are only for experts. Our [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] is very good identifying them. Very Happy
What we do on TAI? When a species is not identifiable, we ask here or include on incertae sedis sections. Though, often, when there's no evidence that it is not a common species of a certain taxa, we introduce it as that common species.
For example, there are several hedgehog species, often, figures are only labeled hedgehog without any species identification, we know these are almost always common hedgehogs, if there's no evidence that is it not a common hedgehog, we introduce it has that species.
With crocs the same, figures that are only identifyed as crocodile and we cannot see anything unusual for a Nile crocodile, we introduce it as that species once it is by far the most common and replicated croc. If someone later identifies it as another species, an American crocodile or anything else, we can always fix it easily.
That lynx is a little different, Eurasian lynxes are the most common in toy shape, though, AAA, as a ODM company, obviously designs them in an ambiguous way to make them fit to different series. Coloring may change with the brand that sells it, if I am not wrong, Mamejo Nature was selling it with North American woodland animals but European companies with European. Often it is mixed among non related animals as we can see on the Italian catalogue where it is together with lions and wolves. I would introduce it as an Eurasian lynx and painting seems to fit it nicely. Very Happy

Thank you, Roger! I do have difficulties with determining specific species on TAi, but most of the time I can work it out thanks to topics like this. The incertae sedis is indeed a handy section for cases like this; I used it multiple times. But I'm a bit of a perfectionist and I always want them to be the 'right' species. I know that's not always possible haha Razz But I keep trying and looking around!

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That looks like a Hangover lynx to me. albino

I agree the lynx doesn't seem to be in his/her feline condition scratch Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:26 am

You're doing a great work Julie and Valerie, as I said before, mistakes are exclusive to those who try to do something and your help is always precious. Very Happy


While introducing new Kaiyodo geckos from Kiki on TAI, I noticed that we have a PV mislabeled Panther gecko identifyed as a juvenile leopard gecko.
Nothing against it and my knowledge about geckos is under 0. Though doesn't it looks more like some of the subspecies of Coleonyx variegatus?

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:13 am

Roger, this PV gecko isn't mislabelled, it is a Leopard Gecko... Juvenile. And it looks more like a Juvenile leopard Gecko. Head, different colours of the stripes between body and tail. Your three propositions are not as closed.

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Fri Apr 08, 2016 4:33 pm

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Roger, this PV gecko isn't mislabelled, it is a Leopard Gecko... Juvenile. And it looks more like a Juvenile leopard Gecko. Head, different colours of the stripes between body and tail. Your three propositions are not as closed.



You're completely right! The websites I use to identify were not showing me any leopard gecko that looked like the PV figure, a quick search for juvenile leopard geckos was also not giving me the desired results. Though, your picture and several other pictures of hatchlings from pet sellers websites, show that it was correctly identified and that my proposals are indeed quite far. I don't have the figure, I said it was mislabeled once it seems it is marked panther gecko or something like that. Thanks Christophe, now it is only missing an identification to the Yowies UK gecko but I suspect it won't be easy. scratch

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:42 pm

Yes,I failed on this one... scratch  maybe a Cadburry gecko? Laughing

It could be an odd Tokay gecko or even a Leopard gecko... Who knows?

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:53 pm

It's funny that the PV 'panther gecko' couldn't even have been colored like any other eublepharid. It's not like there aren't lots of pretty ones! And I've had a panther/pictus gecko. It didn't look like that.

As for the UK Yowies gecko, I've always had it listed as a Stenodactylus spp. but honestly, I think I just gave up after a while with it and kind of guessed. It really doesn't look much like any gecko I have known.

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:48 pm

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Roger, this PV gecko isn't mislabelled, it is a Leopard Gecko... Juvenile. And it looks more like a Juvenile leopard Gecko. Head, different colours of the stripes between body and tail. Your three propositions are not as closed.



You're completely right! The websites I use to identify were not showing me any leopard gecko that looked like the PV figure, a quick search for juvenile leopard geckos was also not giving me the desired results. Though, your picture and several other pictures of hatchlings from pet sellers websites, show that it was correctly identified and that my proposals are indeed quite far. I don't have the figure, I said it was mislabeled once it seems it is marked panther gecko or something like that.  Thanks Christophe, now it is only missing an identification to the Yowies UK gecko but I suspect it won't be easy. scratch

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Could it be a TARENTOLA MAURITANICA? You know, the species you English people call "Moorish Gecko" or "Crocodile Gecko"? Look at its skin: it's rough with a lot of nodules. It's also yellowish brown in color and it seems to be represented on a stone wall.
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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:53 pm

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Roger, this PV gecko isn't mislabelled, it is a Leopard Gecko... Juvenile. And it looks more like a Juvenile leopard Gecko. Head, different colours of the stripes between body and tail. Your three propositions are not as closed.



You're completely right! The websites I use to identify were not showing me any leopard gecko that looked like the PV figure, a quick search for juvenile leopard geckos was also not giving me the desired results. Though, your picture and several other pictures of hatchlings from pet sellers websites, show that it was correctly identified and that my proposals are indeed quite far. I don't have the figure, I said it was mislabeled once it seems it is marked panther gecko or something like that.  Thanks Christophe, now it is only missing an identification to the Yowies UK gecko but I suspect it won't be easy. scratch

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Could it be a TARENTOLA MAURITANICA? You know, the species you English people call "Moorish Gecko" or "Crocodile Gecko"? Look at its skin: it's rough with a lot of nodules. It's also yellowish brown in color and it seems to be represented on a stone wall.

That kind of makes sense--it's not a great representation, but the colors and nodules make sense. Plus, given the wide distribution (it's also called the 'house gecko' for a reason!) it would be familiar enough to warrant a figure.

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Sat Apr 09, 2016 1:49 am

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Could it be a TARENTOLA MAURITANICA? You know, the species you English people call "Moorish Gecko" or "Crocodile Gecko"? Look at its skin: it's rough with a lot of nodules. It's also yellowish brown in color and it seems to be represented on a stone wall.

That kind of makes sense--it's not a great representation, but the colors and nodules make sense. Plus, given the wide distribution (it's also called the 'house gecko' for a reason!) it would be familiar enough to warrant a figure.

Very clever indeed! These Yowies are quite toyish, even more toyish than the real gecko. Laughing Actually, in my country, when we talk simply about geckos, we are always referring to TARENTOLA MAURITANICA, that's a very common sight here and I used to play with them as child. A pity that they often get scared and left their tail moving alone. geek I honestly, also agree with that brilliant conclusion and I'll add it on TAi as a Moorish wall gecko! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Sat Apr 09, 2016 2:46 am

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Could it be a TARENTOLA MAURITANICA? You know, the species you English people call "Moorish Gecko" or "Crocodile Gecko"? Look at its skin: it's rough with a lot of nodules. It's also yellowish brown in color and it seems to be represented on a stone wall.

That kind of makes sense--it's not a great representation, but the colors and nodules make sense. Plus, given the wide distribution (it's also called the 'house gecko' for a reason!) it would be familiar enough to warrant a figure.

Very clever indeed! These Yowies are quite toyish, even more toyish than the real gecko. Laughing Actually, in my country, when we talk simply about geckos, we are always referring to TARENTOLA MAURITANICA, that's a very common sight here and I used to play with them as child. A pity that they often get scared and left their tail moving alone. geek I honestly, also agree with that brilliant conclusion and I'll add it on TAi as a Moorish wall gecko! cheers

I've changed it in my database to reflect the same.

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:14 pm

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Could it be a TARENTOLA MAURITANICA? You know, the species you English people call "Moorish Gecko" or "Crocodile Gecko"? Look at its skin: it's rough with a lot of nodules. It's also yellowish brown in color and it seems to be represented on a stone wall.

That kind of makes sense--it's not a great representation, but the colors and nodules make sense. Plus, given the wide distribution (it's also called the 'house gecko' for a reason!) it would be familiar enough to warrant a figure.

Very clever indeed! These Yowies are quite toyish, even more toyish than the real gecko. Laughing Actually, in my country, when we talk simply about geckos, we are always referring to TARENTOLA MAURITANICA, that's a very common sight here and I used to play with them as child. A pity that they often get scared and left their tail moving alone. geek I honestly, also agree with that brilliant conclusion and I'll add it on TAi as a Moorish wall gecko! :

I've changed it in my database to reflect the same.

Oof! This time, I did better than with the fishies... But do you know what confused me with the lion fishes? It is that in french, both scorpion fishes and lion fishes are called "rascasses" in french. And when I made my researches ( in french), the brown lion fish with the two spots was not shown; only the brown scorpion fish. And that is what created the confusion.
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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Sun Apr 17, 2016 1:06 am

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Could it be a TARENTOLA MAURITANICA? You know, the species you English people call "Moorish Gecko" or "Crocodile Gecko"? Look at its skin: it's rough with a lot of nodules. It's also yellowish brown in color and it seems to be represented on a stone wall.

That kind of makes sense--it's not a great representation, but the colors and nodules make sense. Plus, given the wide distribution (it's also called the 'house gecko' for a reason!) it would be familiar enough to warrant a figure.

Very clever indeed! These Yowies are quite toyish, even more toyish than the real gecko. Laughing Actually, in my country, when we talk simply about geckos, we are always referring to TARENTOLA MAURITANICA, that's a very common sight here and I used to play with them as child. A pity that they often get scared and left their tail moving alone. geek I honestly, also agree with that brilliant conclusion and I'll add it on TAi as a Moorish wall gecko! :

I've changed it in my database to reflect the same.

Oof! This time, I did better than with the fishies... But do you know what confused me with the lion fishes? It is that in french, both scorpion fishes and lion fishes are called "rascasses" in french. And when I made my researches ( in french), the brown lion fish with the two spots was not shown; only the brown scorpion fish. And that is what created the confusion.

I think you're doing a fabulous work with all of them. In fact, you're being a precious help to identify a lot of figure species. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:15 pm

Hey guys, I've tried to identify these myself and have had no luck (amphibians and reptiles are my area of least expertise) and could use some help. I'm looking to increase my speciation in these groups, so any ideas on what these could be customized as would be great. Thanks for any help, its greatly appreciated.

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:27 am

I am also not surely the most indicated person to help you in this matter but I think most of them intend to represent species while some are just generic. Surely not easy for me.
The first lizard is a gliding lizard aka flying dragon, the 5th much probably a gharial and the 1st of 2nd row a iguana. It is only what I can say and not with certainty. Customizing some of them may be a good idea but only those that are too generic. :)

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Sun Jun 19, 2016 5:54 pm

I need your help once again! I'm adding some of the Ferrero Kinder animal figurines to TAi but I'm stuck with one species..

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This is an otter, obviously. My problem is: what sort of species? This critter is part of the 2012 Arctic Animals set. Arctic. When I search for an otter's habitat, the one with an Arctic habitat is a sea otter. Yet this figurine's anatomy doesn't look like the one from a sea otter. So it must be a river otter. I found out the North American river otter sometimes ends up in really northern, Arctic parts. Do you think this could be a North American river otter?

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Sun Jun 19, 2016 5:56 pm

Yeah, it's probably an American river otter. They pretty much look like that, and while I don't know about 'arctic' they can certainly go pretty far north here in Canada.

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Sun Jun 19, 2016 5:57 pm

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Yeah, it's probably an American river otter. They pretty much look like that, and while I don't know about 'arctic' they can certainly go pretty far north here in Canada.

Thanks for your opinion, Sean!

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Mon Jun 20, 2016 2:41 am

I understand your doubt and also Sean's suggestion. Although American river otters go far North, they're continental species, though, they are never introduced in lists of Arctic fauna, sea otter is much more common in these lists as you mentioned. They're a marine species, so it is natural. Though, the toy doesn't show any evidence that it is supposed to be a sea otter. When they're floating on their backs it is easy once river otters doesn't float like that. I believe this is a generic mold to be used as any otter species, as a common otter in Europe, American river otter in America and probably a sea otter in Arctic. Sea otters have relatively shorter tails and different paws, does it help? Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Species identification topic   Mon Jun 20, 2016 2:55 am

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I understand your doubt and also Sean's suggestion. Although American river otters go far North, they're continental species, though, they are never introduced in lists of Arctic fauna, sea otter is much more common  in these lists as you mentioned. They're a marine species, so it is natural. Though, the toy doesn't show any evidence that it is supposed to be a sea otter. When they're floating on their backs it is easy once river otters doesn't float like that. I believe this is a generic mold to be used as any otter species, as a common otter in Europe, American river otter in America and probably a sea otter in Arctic. Sea otters have relatively shorter tails and different paws, does it help? Laughing

Sea otters also tend to be much fuzzier, and probably couldn't actually 'stand' like that--they are almsot entirely aquatic.

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