Are you a pampas cow tortoise? Or are you more of a ground saltwater wolf?
Play the Wild Name game!
To get your first name: click the random species button on the “Explore ARKive” menu. Take the first name of the random species. If it only has one name, use that!
ARKive’s random species result was red colobus so we take “red”.
For your middle name: click the random species button again. Take the middle name of the species. If it doesn’t have a middle name, use its first name.
ARKive’s next random species result was stiletto fly so we take “stiletto”.
To get your last name: click the random species button on the “Explore ARKive” menu. Take the last name of the random species. If it only has one name, use that!
ARKive’s next random species result was the curled octopus so we take “octopus”.
So ARKive’s Wild Name is the “red stiletto octopus”!
What’s my Wild Name?
Intrigued, I thought I’d give it a go. Will my name be as exciting as the red stiletto octopus?
Firstly, I got lemon, from the lemon shark. Lemon sharks are named for their pale yellow skin, which provides perfect camouflage when swimming over the sandy seafloor.
My middle name is sand, from the sand partridge. Sand partridges are well adapted to living in sweltering desert temperatures. They can go without water for six days!
For my last name, I got kestrel, from the fox kestrel. Fox kestrels are fearsome predators, using their acute eyesight to spot tiny mammals and lizards across open grassland.
I’m a lemon sand kestrel! Not quite as flamboyant as the red stiletto octopus! I imagine the lemon sand kestrel as a kestrel living in a burrow in the sand and eating only lemons!
Upload a picture!
Check out the ARKive Facebook page for pictures of the red stiletto octopus and my artist’s impression of the lemon sand kestrel. Find out your Wild Name and upload your picture!
Don’t stop at one Wild Name!
Discover your new Wild Name each day at random! It’s a fun way to explore more than 13,000 weird and wonderful species on ARKive. Release the animal – or plant – in you!
Ruth Hendry, ARKive Media Researcher