Thorny devil (Moloch horridus)

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  • Between the scales of the thorny devil there are narrow channels which use capillary action to draw droplets of dew or rain towards its mouth.
  • Feeding almost entirely on small black ants, the thorny devil can consume up to 5,000 ants in a single meal.
  • The scientific name of the thorny devil, Moloch horridus, is said to be derived from John Milton’s poem, Paradise Lost.
  • The thorny devil can change colour to provide better camouflage depending on its surroundings.
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Thorny devil description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderSquamata
FamilyAgamidae
GenusMoloch (1)

Information on the thorny devil (Moloch horridus) is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

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Thorny devil status

The thorny devil has not yet been classified on the IUCN Red List.

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References

  1. UNEP-WCMC (October, 2009)
    http://www.unep-wcmc.org/
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