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25 Beautiful and Ugly Pink Animals
Of course, some of these animals are well known by all, like the pink flamingos. Flamingos are pink or orange or white depending on what they eat. Flamingo's diet primarily consists of aquatic organisms, such as shrimp and algae, high in pigments called carotenoids. Carotenoids are the same pigments that cause shrimp turn from gray to pink when they're boiled and are essential to maintaining the flamingo's color.
The fact is they are, most of the times, strangely beautiful. Pink it's a color we usually don't associate with animals and nature. Pink is usually for pigs, flowers and toys. Looking at such unusual colored animals makes us feel the joy of nature, and wish to share it.
We can also find, in this list, some ugly or weird critters like the blobfish (considered the ugliest animal on earth) or the naked mole rat. Weird or ugly, they are definitely cute!
Strange but true? :
Pink is not a real wavelength of light. That’s why pink is an invention. It’s not a name we give to something out there. Pink isn’t out there.— Robert Krulwich
Antennarius multiocellatus also known by Longlure frogfish, native to the Western Atlantic, reaching the maxim length of 20cm. He has many color phases used for camouflage. This fish is reported to be the fastest animal alive, moving so quickly that we can only observe their action when recording with high-speed film.
The blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus) is a deep sea fish of the family Psychrolutidae and its flesh is primarily a gelatinous mass. It inhabits the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania, as well as the waters of New Zealand. It was voted the "World's Ugliest Animal" in 2013 and adopted as the mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society.
Strongylocentrotus fragilis is an abundant fragile pink sea urchin that feed on plant and animal scraps.Its size goes up to 4 inches across (10 cm)
Giant Caribbean Anemone (Condylactis gigantea)
Condylactis gigantea, commonly known as giant Caribbean sea anemone, is a tropical species of ball anemone found in the Caribbean Sea, attached to a rock, shell, or almost any other hard object. Feeds upon fish, mussels, shrimp, zooplankton, and sea worms that they prey and paralyze by the toxin–bearing nematocysts located on the tentacles.
The James’s or Puna Flamingo in the genus Phenicoparrus is a small and delicate found mainly on the high Andean plateaus of Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina and feeds mainly on diatoms. pink flamingo
Lophochroa leadbeateri also known by Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo live in arid and semi-arid regions of Australia, usually near eucalyptus or acacias suitable for nesting in. They are omnivorous, eating the seeds of grasses, shrubs and trees, as well as roots and bulbs, and insect larvae.
Pink Pidgeon. Nesoenas mayeri
The Pink Pigeon (Nesoenas mayeri) also known as Mauritius Pigeon is an Endangered species of the Mauritius Islands. They eat leaves, flowers, seeds and other parts of native plants
Roseate Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea)
The Roseate Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea) is a species dragonfly in the family Libellulidae. It is found throughout the United States of America, Mexico and Mesoamerica.
Brachycybe lecontii (Platydesmida) millipede
Brachycybe is a genus of andrognathid millipedes with species in the United States and East Asia that are blind, slow-moving and eat fungus. The males care for the eggs and the young.
Callyspongia vaginalis, Branching Vase Sponge - pink variation.
Branching vase sponge (Callyspongia vaginalis) is a marine species with the basic shape of long erected tubes. It's common in South Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Inhabit shallow and mid-range reefs, walls and rocky areas and their color is variable.
The Pink Fairy Armadillo (Chlamyphorus truncatus) is found in Central Argentina, where it inhabits dry grasslands and sandy plains with thorn bushes and cactus. C. truncatus are nocturnal, and sluggish except when burrowing. They feed primarily on ants and ant larvae, but they also eat worms, snails, roots and other plant material.
Heterocephalus glaber, also known by naked mole rat is found in eastern Africa countries such as Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. They inhabit underground tunnels in grasslands and savannas feeding on geophytic plants such as roots, bulbs, and tubers which are accessible underground.
Sphynx Breed Cat
The Sphynx cat is a domestic hairless breed created by a natural genetic mutation in 1966 in Toronto, Canada.Sphynx are not always totally hairless and When properly bred, is very robust with few serious health or genetic problems.
Pink skunk clownfish
The Pink Skunk Clownfish, also known by Pink Anemonefish reach only about 4.3 inches (11 cm) in length and are omnivorous. They are very dependent on their host anemones and seldom leave the protection of its tentacles. It can be found west of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, east to Fiji, north to the Ryukyu Islands and South to New Caledonia.
Thomisus spider female with male on back
Thomisus is a genus of crab spiders (family Thomisidae) with more than 100 species described, but the best known crab spiders are ambush predators that feed on insects visiting flowers. They may change color for camouflage purposes, usually in ranges of white, pink, and yellow.
Deilephila elpenor, known as the elephant hawk-moth, is a large moth of the Sphingidae family. Its range extends across Europe, Russia, and into China, northern parts of the Indian subcontinent, Japan and Korea (though not Taiwan). They have a good night or scotopic vision and feed at night often taking nectar from garden plants like Honeysuckles and petunias.
Mexican mole lizard (Bipes biporus)
The Mexican mole lizard (Bipes biporus), commonly known as the five-toed worm lizard are pink, lizard-like reptiles,found in the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Guerrero and Chiapas, in Mexico. This burrowing species only surfaces at night or after heavy rain and eats ants, termites, ground-dwelling insects, larvae, earthworms, and small animals including lizards.
Chinese White Dolphin
The Chinese white dolphin is a variety of Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphin found in Southeast Asia and Australia.This species, along the Chinese coast, has pink skin due to blood vessels which were overdeveloped for thermoregulation.
Muricopsis (Risomurex) rosea, also known by the pink drupe, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Muricidae, the murex snails or rock snails. This species is distributed in the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and in the Indian Ocean along the Mascarene Basin and their shells grow to a length of 15mm.
Monanchora unguifera (Pink Lumpy sponge)
The Pink Lumpy Sponge (Monanchora unguifera) belongs to the class Demospongiae. Its size ranges between 4 to 16 in. (10 to 40 cm) and is found in the Caribbean, Bahamas and South Florida.
Pisaster brevispinus, commonly called the pink sea star, giant pink sea star, or short-spined sea star, is a species of sea star from the northeast Pacific Ocean that can reach a diameter of two feet while weighing up to two pounds. They prey on mussels, barnacles and tube worms, but also eat dead fish and squid.
The Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) is a gregarious wading bird of the ibis and spoonbill family, Threskiornithidae. It is a resident breeder in South America, mostly east of the Andes, and in coastal regions of the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, the Gulf Coast of the United States and on central Florida's Atlantic coast. Like flamingos their pink color is diet-derived, consisting of the carotenoid pigment canthaxanthin. It feeds on crustaceans, aquatic insects, frogs, newts and very small fish
Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis).
The Lewis's Woodpecker eats mostly insects, nuts and fruits and ranges mostly in the western to central United States.
Dendronephthya, pink soft coral
The Dendronephthya genus is the easiest to identify within the Nephtheidae family due to their bright colors. They capture microscopic food particles from the water column and can absorb dissolved organic matter.
Pink-wing flying fish
The Exocoetidae are a family of marine fish with wing-like fins that enable gliding flight for considerable distances above the water's surface in order to escape predators.They live in all of the oceans.