48/150: Talk about using your nose!

Animalia: Chordata: Mammalia: Eulipotyphla: Talpidae: Scalopinae: Condylura cristata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Moles belong to the family Talpidae which are known for their burrowing behaviours. The star-nosed mole is interestingly distinguishable from all other moles due to a ring of tentacle-like organs surrounding the snout. These fleshy appendages form the star-shaped Eimer’s organs. Continue reading “48/150: Talk about using your nose!”

47/150: I’m a very tiny decomposer but play a vital part in making sure plants grow!

Animalia: Arthropoda: Diplura: Rhabdura: Campodeidae

Diplurans, also known as two-pronged bristletails, are commonly found in moist soil or leaf litter. They are sometimes mistaken for earwigs, but can be distinguished from one another because diplurans have no eyes! Continue reading “47/150: I’m a very tiny decomposer but play a vital part in making sure plants grow!”

46/150: Earthworms – Westward Ho!

animalia: Annelida: Clitellata: Haplotaxida: Lumbricidae: Dendrobaena: Dendrobaena octaedra (Savigny, 1826)

Happy Earth Day! Let’s talk about earthworms! Although they are found in many gardens and forests in Canada today, earthworms such as Dendrobaena octaedra are not actually native to this country. In fact, their movement and establishment to North America can be traced to early settlers from Europe, who may have either brought worms for agricultural benefits or accidentally in ship ballasts. Continue reading “46/150: Earthworms – Westward Ho!”