Zooplankton

Marine zooplankton
Scale 3 Diat: carbon-macromolecules , Hierachy 1
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Play: Zooplankton has a MOVE of 1.
“Many of these creatures so low in the scale of nature are most exquisite in their forms & rich colours. — It creates a feeling of wonder that so much beauty should be apparently created for such little purpose.” (Darwin on plankton).

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Graphic by DIana Sudykawww.dianasudyka.com/
Zooplankton /ˌzoʊ.əˈplæŋktən/ are heterotrophic (sometimes detritivorous) plankton. Plankton are organisms drifting in oceans, seas, and bodies of fresh water. The word “zooplankton” is derived from the Greek zoon (ζῴον), meaning “animal”, and planktos (πλαγκτός), meaning “wanderer” or “drifter”.[1] Individual zooplankton are usually microscopic, but some (such as jellyfish) are larger and visible with the naked […] read more

Phytoplankton

Desmidiales Order
Scale 2 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1
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Fact: Desmids are a type of green algae. They assume a veriety of highly symmetrical and attractive shapes.

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Graphic by Ernst Haeckel
Desmids (Gr. desmos, bond or chain) are an order (Desmidiales) in the Charophyta, a division of green algae that forms a sister group to the land plants (Embryophyta).[1] The desmids are often treated as members of the Zygnematales, as family Desmidiaceae.[2][3] The Desmidiales comprise around 40 genera and 5,000[4] to 6,000[5] species, found mostly but […] read more

Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus
Scale 6 Diat: carnivore , Hierachy 3
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Play: The Peregrine Falcon has a FLIGHT of 2.

Fact: The peregrine is renowned for its speed, reaching over 200 mph during its characteristic hunting stoop (high speed dive,) making it the fastest member of the animal kingdon.

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Graphic by J.F. Naumann (1905)
The peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), also known as the peregrine,[2] and historically as theduck hawk in North America,[3] is a widespread bird of prey in the family Falconidae. A large, crow-sized falcon, it has a blue-grey back, barred white underparts, and a black head and “moustache”. As is typical of bird-eating raptors, peregrine falcons are […] read more

Red Fox

Vulpes vulpes
Scale 7 Diat: omnivore , Hierachy 3
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Play: The Red Fox has a MOVE of 2. Can also be played on Urban.
Fact: THe earliest fossil specimens of V.vulpules were uncovered in Barany, Hungary dating from between 3.4 and 1.8 million years ago.

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Graphic by Unknown (cc 1880's)
The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) is the largest of the true foxes and the most abundant member of theCarnivora, being present across the entire Northern Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, Central America and Asia. It is listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.[1] Its range has increased alongside human expansion, having been […] read more

Northern Pike

Esox lucius
Scale 7 Diat: carnivore , Hierachy 3
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Play: The Northern Pike has a MOVE of 2.
Fact: The Northern Pike gets its name from its resemblance to the pole-weapon known as the pike (from the Middle English for pointed).

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Graphic by W.H. Lizars (1843)
The northern pike (Esox lucius), known simply as a pike in Britain, Ireland, most of Canada, and most parts of the USA, (also called jackfish or simply “northern” in the Upper Midwest of the USA and inManitoba, Canada), is a species of carnivorous fish of the genus Esox (the pikes). They are typical ofbrackish and […] read more

Atlantic Salmon

Salmo salar
Scale 6 Diat: carnivore , Hierachy 3
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Play: The Atlantic Salmon has a MOVE of 2 and can feed on ZOOPLANKTON.
Fact: Human activities (overfishing and habitat change) have heavily damaged salmon populations across their range.

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Graphic by A.F. Lydon (1878)
The Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) is a salmon in the family Salmonidae. It is found in the northern Atlantic Ocean, in rivers that flow into the north Atlantic and, due to human introduction, in the north Pacific.[2][3] Other names used to reference Atlantic salmon are: bay salmon, black salmon, caplin-scull salmon, Sebago salmon, silver salmon, […] read more