Galapagos Hawk

Buteo galapagoensis
Scale 7 Diat: carnivore , Hierachy 3


Play: This hawk has a FLIGHT of 2.
Fact: Darwin on the hawk: “A gun is here almost superfluous; for with the muzzle I pushed a hawk out of the branch of a tree…”

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The Galapagos hawk (Buteo galapagoensis) is a large hawk endemic to the Galapagos Islands. Similar in size to the red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) and the Swainson’s hawk (Buteo swainsoni) of North America, but the size is variable across the islands as is recorded for many animals native to the Galapagos. The Galapagos hawk can range […] read more

Flying Fish

Exocoetidae Family
Scale 6 Diat: carbon-macromolecules , Hierachy 2


Play: This fish has a MOVE of 2 and needs to be played next to a PLANKTON species (for food).
Fact: The flights of flying fish are typically around 50 meters, though they can use updrafts at the leading edge of waves to cover distances of up to 400 meters!

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The Exocoetidae are a family of marine fish in the order Beloniformes of class Actinopterygii. Fish of this family are known as flying fish. About 64 species are grouped in seven to nine genera. Flying fish can make powerful, self-propelled leaps out of water into air, where their long, wing-like fins enable gliding flight for […] read more

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Araucaria araucana
Scale 9 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1


Fact: Because of the great age of this species, it is sometimes described as a living fossil.

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Araucaria araucana (commonly called the monkey puzzle tree, monkey tail tree, Chilean pine, orpehuén) is an evergreen tree growing to 40 m (130 ft) tall with a 2-m (7-ft) trunk diameter. The tree is native to central and southern Chile and western Argentina.[1] Araucaria araucana is the hardiest species in theconifer genus Araucaria. Because of the great […] read more

Galapagos giant tortoise

Chelonoidis nigra
Scale 8 Diat: herbivore , Hierachy 2


Play: This tortoise has a MOVE of 2.
Fact: Charles Darwin visited the Galápagos for five weeks on the second voyage of HMS Beagle in 1835 and saw Galápagos tortoises on San Cristobal (Chatham) and Santiago (James) Islands.

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The Galápagos tortoise or Galápagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) is the largest living species oftortoise and the 14th-heaviest living reptile. Modern giant tortoises can weigh up to 250 kg; even larger versions, now extinct, roamed every continent except Antarctica and Australia into the Pleistocene (<1.8 million years ago). Today, they exist only on two remote archipelagos: […] read more