Task 3 - Local wildlife
Below are two descriptions of less-known species of wildlife.
Pink Fairy Armadillo
The pink fairy armadillo is the smallest species of armadillo – a mammal with a bony shell armour. They are usually found in the sandy plains, dunes and grasslands of Argentina. The species have small eyes, silky yellowish white fur, and a flexible shell that is solely attached to its body by a thin membrane. This unusual creature is nocturnal and has solitary habits, preferring to live alone. Its diet is mainly composed of insects, worms, snails and various plants.
Blobfish get their name from their soft fleshly body which lacks muscle or much of a skeleton, making them very floppy when they are taken out of water. They live at such deep depths in the waters off the coasts of Australia and New Zealand (up to 600 and 1200 metres below the water surface) that they don’t have the normal air bladder that most fish use to move up and down. If they did, the air bladder would explode because of the extreme water pressure their bodies incur. Blobfish have very large mouths that they use to catch crustaceans as they swim slowly along the floor of the ocean.
Your task: Create a fact file for the new species that has been discovered on your island.
•Which animal group does it belong to?
•What does its diet consist of?
•What are its predators?
•What is its natural habitat?
•What makes it unique?
•What does it look like?
•What will you name it?