order: carnivora

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A skinned wolf from yesterday and a crested gecko eye from today!
I just wanted to try drawing the shape of the skinned wolf head, I’m not sure why. I had an urge to draw it while watching the video of a wolf specimen being gutted from a video on @thebrainscoop . Maybe it’s because I don’t draw canines very often? Idk

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Marine Otter (Lontra felina)

…a rare species of otter that occurs along the coast of western South America, from northern Peru to Cape Horn and Isla de Los Estados. Like its common name suggests L.felina spends most of its life out in the ocean, however it also inhabits freshwater and esturarine habitats as well unlike the Sea Otter (E.lutris). Like sea otters marine otters are nimble in the water and will dive for fish, cephalopods, crustaceans and molluscs. It will emerge from the sea to rocky islets to rest and eat, individuals will claim rocks and will defend them from other otters. Despite this, they are not territorial and they have even been seen fishing cooperatively.

Lontra felina is currently listed as endangered by the IUCN, and faces threats from hunting for its pelts and habitat loss. Its also threatened by water pollution and over-fishing of its prey species.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Carnivora-Mustelidae-Lutrinae-Lontra-L.felina

Images: jose_cañas_aves and Sakura1994

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Puijila darwini

….is a extinct species of semi-aquatic carnivore which is linked to seal evolution which lived from the Late Oligocene to the Early Miocene. Unlike modern pinnipeds P. darwini possessed minimal adaptations for swimming, as it did not have flippers and it’s form was similar to an otter. However its skull and teeth are similar to that of a seal. P. darwini is currently considered the most primitive species of seal discovered. Only one known specimen of Puijila has ever been discovered, a nearly complete skeleton which is currently housed at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Carnivora-Pinnipedimorpha-Incertae sedis-Puijila

Images: Nobu Tamura and Kevin Guertin

Rusty-spotted Cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus)

… a small species of Cat (Felidae) which is known to occur only in India and Sri Lanka. Rusty-spotted cats occur mainly in moist and dry deciduous forests, as well as scrub and grassland. They typically prefer dense vegetation and rocky areas. Not much is known about the biology and ecology of P. rubiginosus, but like other feilds, P. rubiginosus is mainly active at night and during twilight. They are thought to feed mainly on rodents and birds, but they may also take lizards, frogs, and insects. Hunting is done primarily on the ground, but P. rubiginosus will enter trees for resting, escape from predators. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Carnivora-Felidae-Prionailurus-P. rubiginosus

Image: UrLunkwill