In this article we look at ten animals that have the word ‘ghost’ in their name. The world of the paranormal does have its influence on science and biology after all.
1 ) The Ghost Spider
The ghost spider (anyphaene californica) is a tiny, translucent arachnid that lives in the southern parts of the United States.
2 ) The Ghost Bat
Also known as the Australian False Vampire Bat (macroderma gigas) has extremely thin wing membranes which can give it an eerie glow when it flies. The large bat is a fierce predator and very common in Australia.
3 ) The Ghost Moth
With pure white wings the male ghost moths (hepialus humuli) will fight one by slowly fluttering upwards and dropping back down again.
4 ) The Ghost Lizard
The Ghost Lizard (eurycea spealeus) is neither a ghost nor a lizard. It is a salamander which lives its entire life in caves. Ghost Lizards are completely translucent.
5 ) The Ghost Frog
The Ghost Frog (helophryne genus) get their name from their habbitat – they’re found in Skeleton Gorge in South Africa.
6 ) The Ghost Crab
Ghost crabs (ocypode quadrata) is a member of genus Ocypode and can be found around the world from Australia to the United States.
7 ) The Ghost Fish
Also known as Glass Catfish, the Ghost Fish (kryptopterus bicirrhis) is entirely transparent – turning a milky white after death.
8 ) The Ghost Knifefish
The Ghost Knifefish (apteronotidea) are freshwater fish use EOD (electric organ discharge) to communicate. There are a number of different sub-types of ghost knifefish with the black ghost knifefish and brown ghost knifefish being much more common than the others.
9 ) The Ghost Tiger Beetle
The whiteish coloured Ghost Tiger Beetle (cicindela lepida) and like other tiger beetles is fairly aggressive and well armed with mandibles.
10) Ghost Insects
Ghost insect is a fairly common alternative name for stick insects (phasmatodea). They mark good pets are they are easy to care for although some species are extremy toxic.
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How did we do? Are you aware of any other ghost animals in science?