Just recently, I had made my third submission to
's monthly contests on
But the wildlife of Great Lakes Earth, just like back home, is so diverse that they, too, could have been used in any of the themes that I had submitted to.
My submission to that theme were the "worm forests" that cram 99% of the planet's waters like ecological Tokyos only to reach record sizes in the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean. Who else could have been LARGE?
- The Roaring Cats of the Northern Hemisphere
- The Genus Paraceratherium
- The Afrotheres of Great Lakes Earth
- The Mystery of Great Lakes Earth's Moose
- The Genus Gorilla
- The Ice Age Giants That Never Were
- The Tortoises of Great Lakes Earth
- The Ratites of Great Lakes Earth
In that theme, I brought out the basic summary of the crabs-of-paradise, inspired obviously by the birds-of-paradise of New Guinea. But such extravagance on Great Lakes Earth is not exclusive to those crustaceans.
- The Peacocks of Great Lakes Earth (covered in the next theme, Mimicry)
- The Genus Leo
- The Beetles of Great Lakes Earth
- Serpent shrimps
I submitted a peacock for the latest theme, which is not the most original so far, but on Great Lakes Earth, the similarities are just as big as the differences. This is the hardest theme I'd done because there are so many, and the kings of the mimics have to be the arthropods. So I decided to narrow the list to chordate mimics and tweaked the peacock around a little.
- Orchid crabs
- Neuropteran butterflies
- Tytonidae, the "Mimic Owls"
- When is a Rattlesnake Not a Rattlesnake?
- Where are the Jungle Insects?
- What Makes a Bamboo a Tree? (Not sure if that counts, as it is not a mimic to fool predators or lure food in.)
- Pollinators Turned Prisoner
I did have an idea for 's Skullwalker entry--a species of ant in Sahul that reproduce in a horrifying fashion--but since he wanted it drawn, I decided, "Forget it."