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It is a longhorn beetle (Cerambycidae), most certainly from the subfamily Lamiinae (flat-faced longhorns). The overall apparence with a downward-pointing face, partially divided eyes, robust build and spined pronotum fits well with Lamiinae. The beetle in you picture is very similar to species in the genus Batocera, for instance Batocera rufomaculata ...


Biology is about observation and learning from nature. If you categorize the species, it helps you in quickly understand what the species is about, what are some of its common characteristics, phylogenetics, etc. It has applications not just in understanding evolution, but in population studies, ecology. Why do we give humans names? So we can find them ...


If in reference to the prehistoric groups of fish of the respective classifications, ostracoderms would have had a bony head much like a shell, and placoderms had articulated plates covering the head/thoracic area. The differences are relatively straightforward, see the wikipedia pages for each: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostracoderm ...


I think that your insect is a White-spotted sawyer. For more information check this: Monochamus scutellatus, commonly known as the white-spotted sawyer or spruce sawyer,is a common wood-boring beetle found throughout North America. Adults are large-bodied and black, with very long antennae; in males, they can be up to twice the body length, but in females ...


I think it is from Cerambycidae family, Batocera parryi -


While Ilan's answer has already covered the identification, here are a couple of other techniques which can be used to identify such animals in the future (or at least narrow down the scope of possibilities): 1: The upper left hand corner of the image depicts a fin which has multiple bony protrusions. This is an identifying feature of the Actinopterygii, ...


This is the Sarcastic fringehead fish (Neoclinus blanchardi). [Source2]

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