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encyclopika · a day ago
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Animal Crossing Fish - Explained #145
Brought to you by a marine biologist with some frogs...and a toad...
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Today we will be focusing on an aquatic villager I skipped over during the first Fish Explained - the frog villagers. I wasn’t sure how interested people were in the villagers, so explains why I covered the penguins and octopuses so late in the series. I’d also already covered the tadpole and frog you can catch in the game, so...this seemed redundant? But it’s not. There is more to these especially derived amphibians than meets the eye.
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Frog villagers are diverse. Although many of them represent classic cartoon frogs, some of them do speak to specific species. For instance, Raddle, the brown and yellow guy in the upper left of the photo, looks like a yellow-banded poison dart frog (Dendrobates leucomelas), while Jeremiah (off-center right) looks like a blue poison dart frog (Dendrobates tinctorius), both natives of South America. 
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Of all the frog villagers, I do believe one of them really represents a toad, and that’s Wart Jr.
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I appreciate the diversity AC strives for, but the distinction between frogs and toads is unofficial, taxonomically-speaking, at best. All frogs and toads are within the order of Amphibians called Anura. While most people would say the differences are quite stark - toads are drier and live in drier places, have warty skin rather than smooth skin like frogs, and have shorter legs for more walking than hopping - the truth is that all toads are classified the same as frogs. There are many many many exceptions to the frog/toad rule.
Now, within Order Anura there is the Family Bufonidae, which are the “true toads”. Again, though, common names suck, and there are animals called “frogs” here as well. Seriously, if you take nothing else from this entry, it’s that the frog/toad term war is one no one is fighting. Frogs are just super diverse while already being super derived from their ancestors. Having legs longer than the rest of your body is weird when you think about the fact that amphibians are the taxonomic bridge, sort of speak, between fish and the tetrapods, or four-legged vertebrates. If you look through evolutionary time, the typical tetrapod body plan is most like a salamander/lizard, so...yeah, frogs are weirdos.
But we still love them. Frogs are present all around the world and hold special places in human cultures and religions. Unfortunately, many species are incredibly sensitive to changes in the environment. Climate change and habitat degradation are just a few things fueling the Amphibian Extinction Crisis. Again, don’t trash freshwater ponds and rivers. Thanks.
And there you have it. Fascinating stuff, no? 
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salison · 15 days ago
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cute newcomers~
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keymintt · a year ago
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*slides nintendo $5* how about.......gecko villagers
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qr-closet · a year ago
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all 391 villager portraits with names 🎉
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capriicant · a year ago
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Two very good lazy boys
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bwiebe-art · a month ago
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Kabuki and Shino! 🥰
I uploaded a time-lapse of me drawing it on tiktok if anyone is interested! :>
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cckittycreative · a month ago
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Shino and Sasha
My two new favs! They’re so cute! I need their amiibos!
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aforestlife · a month ago
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On a reading date with Kiki this Halloween morning 🖤
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nonetoon · 7 months ago
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Needed to chill out a little so here are some little MS Paint villager designs where the challenge was to draw/design each in 5 minutes. Turned out well I think!
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