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  1. giraffe weevils
    Animals

    Sneaky little giraffe weevils beat big rivals

    A little stealth gives smaller giraffe weevil males a leg up when competing with big ones for mates.

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  2. Animals

    Bumphead parrot fish declare their arrival with a crunch

    Months of swimming with the coral-biter bumpheads exposes the animal’s extreme digestion and also a conservation dilemma.

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  3. Animals

    Parchment worms are best pinched in the dark

    Meek tube-dwelling worms have strange glowing mucus and build papery tubes.

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  4. Animals

    Elephant shrews are, oddly, related to actual elephants

    A new species in the group is the smallest yet, with adults smaller than a newborn kitten.

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  5. Animals

    Ant lions hunt despite sealed lips

    Ant lions are ferocious predators, but some of them don’t have a mouth. At least not in the usual sense.

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  6. Perisphaerus cockroach
    Animals

    Look beyond pest species to find beauty in cockroaches

    A few pest species give the group a bad name, but exotic roaches include an amazing diversity of colors and lifestyles.

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  7. Animals

    For upside-down sloths, what goes down can’t come up

    Upside-down sloths have to hold their organs up and their food down.

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  8. Animals

    How to milk a naked mole-rat

    For the sake of science, Olav Oftedal has milked bats, bears and a lot of other mammals. But a naked mole-rat was something new.

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  9. Animals

    See-through shrimp flex invisible muscle

    Much of the body of a Pederson’s transparent shrimp looks like watery nothing, but it’s a superhero sort of nothing.

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  10. Animals

    Pelican spiders: slow, safe assassins

    Spiders, thank goodness, haven’t evolved assassin drones. But the specialized hunters of the family Archaeidae can kill at a distance.

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  11. Animals

    ‘Packrat’ is the new term for ‘really organized’

    The more eclectic hoarder species segregate pantry from lumber room from junk museum. The result is more orderly than the closets of some human packrats.

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  12. Animals

    Disco clams put on a streak show

    Scuba divers call Ctenoides ales the disco or electric clam because the restless, curling lips of its mantle flash bright streaks.

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