Today is World Music Day – a celebration of different types of music from across the globe. Whether you’re into jazz, reggae or calypso there’s a style of music out there for you. ARKive species are celebrating World Music Day by forming their very own band – check out the line-up!
On brass we’ve got the noisy trumpeter swan. The trumpeter swan is North America’s largest native bird and has a wingspan of up to a huge three metres. With its unique ‘trumpeting’ call, we don’t need to give this bird an instrument!
Rocking it on guitar, it’s the shovelnose guitarfish. Named due to its distinctive shape, the shovelnose guitarfish is usually found partially buried in the sandy seafloor awaiting its next meal. Will its fins cope with the guitar solos?
Adding a little Scottish sound to the ARKive band, it’s the banded pipefish on bagpipes. Similarly to seahorses and other pipefish, the female banded pipefish deposits her eggs in the male’s brood pouch. The eggs develop in the brood pouch and the male gives birth. That’s where the parental care ends, so the banded pipefish will still be able to find time for the band!
Cardinal click beetle
Bringing hope to everyone who can’t play an instrument, but still wants to join in, it’s the cardinal click beetle. Clicking its fingers – or wings! – this bright red species helps keep everyone in time. The cardinal click beetle has a novel way of righting itself – like other click beetles – if it gets flipped over. It arches its back and flips itself into the air with a loud ‘click’, landing on its feet.
Remember the days when you had to stand at the back of the school band, playing the triangle? Well, that’s just the job for the triangle palm. Luckily, the triangle palm has many fronds to hang triangles from, so it can play lots at once – a bit like a wind chime!
ARKive has got its very own harp player – the harp seal. Found around the north Atlantic and Arctic Ocean, harp seals are well adapted to cold weather with a thick coat of blubber. Harp seals are noisy, sociable animals – let’s hope our harp player brings its friends along to watch the band.
On percussion we’ve got the bongo. More commonly seen in lowland African forests, the bongo’s stripes and spiralling horns will make sure that the ARKive band stands out from the crowd!
On woodwind, we’ve got the fluted clam. Beautifully mottled with vivid green and blue spots, the fluted clam offers shelter for many marine invertebrates including crabs and clams. It’s a bright addition to the ARKive band!
David Bowie spider
Is David Bowie the best singer ever? We’ve got his namesake, the David Bowie spider, to front our band. Peter Jäger discovered the hairy arachnid in 2009 and named the species after David Bowie to attract public attention to the plight of endangered spiders. Could it also have something to do with Bowie’s album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars?
Every band needs a backing dancer and there’s no better dancer in the animal kingdom than Verreaux’s sifaka. Gracefully bounding across the ground with its arms held high, Verreaux’s sifaka will make sure the ARKive band gets noticed!
Ruth Hendry, ARKive Media Researcher