Welcome to the first instalment of ‘ARKive’s Six Degrees of Separation’ for 2011. Hopefully you’re all feeling suitably rested and relaxed from your holidays and are ready for a challenge with a bit of twist!
But first, let’s get the formalities out of the way. The winning trophy (if I had one to give away) for successfully navigating from the graceful manta ray to the comedic secretary bird in the last instalment goes to…….Dovie E! Well done!
Although I was also impressed with the way Ben managed to work Spiderman and a jam sandwich into his solution! I have failed to include any superheroes or wheat-based snacks in my solution…
Ok ok so it’s a pretty obvious link, but the peacock worm is named after the…
Just as the peacock is renowned for its beautiful feathers, the extravagant plumes of birds of paradise are highly prized and often used in dresses and rituals in Papua New Guinea.
Raggiana bird of paradise
As “herds of wildebeest sweep majestically across the plains”, they may well bump into the odd…
Now for the next challenge, and this time around I thought I’d change the rules a bit. Social networking now means that most of us are connected by only three degrees of separation, according to recent research. So, to make things a bit harder I challenge you all to get from the coconut crab to the Galapagos marine iguana in just three steps. I’ve chosen nice ‘beachy’ species as I thought everyone could do with a dose of sun, sea and sand to combat those January blues.
I’m sure you all know the drill by now, but just to make sure - post your chains as comments on this blog and I’ll get back to you with a winner next time.
Ready, set, go!
Bonnie Metherell, ARKive Media Researcher