We sometimes think that tiny animal species may hardly find food to maintain their lives but actually, many of them can become dangerous hunters whenever they observe suitable preys by different ways. You can know a little bit about the unexpected nature killers through some information provided by this article.
Whether you believe or not, a large number of “sea stars” are predators that often attack slower moving or unmoving preys such as snails, corals and sponges. However, “ambush stars” are the strangest because they can stand up on their arms to form a “tent” out of their broad and flat bodies. When an unsuspecting prey seeks shelter underneath, the star catch the victim and digests it alive over the next few days.
Sea sponge, which may look like plants or fungi, is one of the simplest and most ancient forms of animal life and can feed on bacteria or other microscopic particles surrounding water. However, the genus Chondrocladia\'s members adapt to a diet of tiny crustaceans and inhabit such creepy locales underwater caves and deep-sea abysses.
If you are interested in biology, you may be familiar with humble planarian, a primitive and nearly brainless animal. Most species of this kind inhabit in water and a few can be found slithering on dry land but all of them are sometimes carnivorous.
Mussel, also known “Bivalves”, include the clams, oysters, scallops and other dual-shelled mollusks. They can feed on plankton when pumping seawater in and out of tubular siphons. Though the species have lack of teeth, their gizzards may be lined with tough chitin to help grind up preys.
Katydids, usually tree-dwelling leaf eaters, are best known for the male’s nocturnal mating calls. However, the Chlorobalius leucoviridis from Australia modifies its mating call to sound like that of an entirely different insect. Amazingly, the same katydid species can recognize and imitate the call of any cicada it hears, including creatures not found in Australia.
Few insect-eating caterpillars are inch-worms native to Hawaii and often imitate twigs or leaves to catch preys that wander too close. Another Hawaiian caterpillar feeds on snails by lodging its own cocoon under snails’ shells to prevent their escape. However, bagworm Perisceptis carnivora of Panama is the most morbid of all because it can hide itself in a protective casing built from the remains of its food and its smell may serve to attract even more victims.
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