What are the different rare blue animals? Check out the list below!
RARE BLUE ANIMALS – Here are some of the most beautiful and rarest creatures of the world that you probably haven’t met yet.
There are a lot of colors present in nature but not every color is equally represented. In the plant world, the color green is the most abundant but is not that really common in animals. There are various colors in animals in terms of their fur, feathers, scales, and among others and this is because of pigments.
And the color blue is rare in the animal kingdom. It is so rare that some of us have even not seen one in this shade yet in our life so far.
You can only think of a few blue birds or blue butterflies. It is also a fact that no animal with a backbone produces blue pigment. In speaking of this, blue is generally rare, and animals that have this color are quite special.
In 2020, blue bees were discovered by Australians and they were delighted by this discovery with the scientific name “Amegilla cingulate”. There is also this Palawan Blue Flycatcher in Palawan, Philippines that is endemic in other locations such as Balabac, Culion, and Calauit. Its scientific name is s Cyornis lemprieri.
Here are some blue creatures you probably do not know yet:
- Blue Jay
A bird specie that actually produces black pigment, however, there are these tiny air sacs in their feathers that scatter light which makes the color appear blue in our eyes.
- Grand Cayman Blue Iguana
This animal is still endangered. This large lizard also makes a good pet for humans and with good and proper care, they can live for up to 69 years. Males have a more pronounced blue color compared to females.
- Glaucus Atlanticus
This is a unique specie of nudibranch and its blue color comes as a form of camouflage against predators. If this is not enough protection for them, the stinger they get as they feed from Portuguese man o’ war (Physalia physalis). Portuguese man o’ war is a dangerous animal because of its venom that can kill fishes and even people.
- Mandarin Dragonet
Its scientific name is Synchiropus splendidus. The home of this specie is the Pacific Ocean and is one of the two vertebrates whose blue color is due to cellular pigment and not structural coloration. The organelles called cyanosomes in this animal’s cyanophores cells produce blue pigments.
- Blue Poison Dart Frog
It has a scientific name of Dendrobates tinctorius “azureus”. Its bright blue color is a sign of it being poisonous. The blue color is due to the frog’s structure of its skin cells.
- Blue Morpho
This blue butterfly specie is known for its beautiful blue wings. Just like the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana, males are bluer than females.
- Sinai Agama
This is a type of lizard that is found in Middle East deserts. There are only a few reptiles and Sinai Agama is one of them. Males can appear blue during the mating season in order to attract females.
Other blue creatures that are elusive and unique include Linckia laevigata (a sea star), Indian Peafowl, Carpathian Blue Slug, Blue Lobster, and Spix’s Macaw.
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