It is the smallest mammal in the world with only 29-33 mm (1.14-1.29 in) head-body length, weighing 1.7-2 g (0.05-0.07 oz) and possessing a wingspan of approximately 130-145 mm (5.1-5.7 in).
The home gardens of Assam have become the best abode for these tiny feathery creatures
A creature inhabited the Earth some 500 million years before the advent of humans on this planet, but we still do not know if it’s an animal, or if it’s a fungus or it’s something between the two.
The forager of night, Oilbird (Steatornis caripensis) which is locally known as guacharo is the only specie in genus Steatornis and the world’s only nocturnal flying fruit-feeder bird.
Jewel Caterpillar (Acraga coa) or slug caterpillar is one of the world’s most stunning caterpillars with a gooey appearance and a fat body.
Sailor’s eyeball (Valonia ventricosa) or green shiny bubble algae, one of the biggest single celled unicellular organisms, are located in tropical and sub-tropical seas.
Lakoocha is botanically known as Artocarpus lakoocha Roxb. and belongs to the family Moraceae.
The Great Red Spot is one of the most recognisable features on Jupiter.
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