Jun 21

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!

Trumpeter swan

Trumpeter swan photo

The trumpeter swan getting ready for its first appearance in the ARKive band

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!


Shovelnose guitarfish

Photo of a shovelnose guitarfish

Shovelnose guitarfish getting ready to rock.

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?

Banded pipefish

Banded pipefish photo

Banded pipefish

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

Cardinal click beetles getting ready to click

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.


Triangle palm

Photo of a triangle palm

A triangle palm getting ready for its appearance on stage

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!


Harp seal

Harp seal photo

Noisy harp seal

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.



Bongo photo

Bongo, about to play the bongos!

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!


Fluted clam

Fluted plam photo

On woodwind, it's the fluted clam

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

David Bowie spider photo

Ziggy Stardust and the David Bowie spiders?

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?


Verreaux’s sifaka

Verreaux's sifaka photo

ARKive's backing dancer, a Verreaux's sifaka

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!

Would you have rather seen the trumpet-mouthed hunter snail on brass? Are you disappointed there’s no bass? Let us know which species you want to see in the ARKive band.

Ruth Hendry, ARKive Media Researcher