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Old 02-18-2011, 03:45 PM
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World's most hideous animal

Inspired by the opossum thread - what animal is, in your opinion, the ugliest, grossest, most revolting of your-deity-of-choice's mistakes?

Quite arbitrarily, let's exclude stuff like insects, worms, spiders, squid, etc. and restrict ourselves to vertebrate animals.

My entry: the Naked African Mole Rat. Absolutely hideous!
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Old 02-18-2011, 03:48 PM
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Blobfish.
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Old 02-18-2011, 04:22 PM
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Blobfish.
You wouldn't look too good, either, if you were put into an atmosphere where the pressure was several dozen times less than you were used to.

I might nominate certain species of insect-eating bats.

The Surinam toad is not particularly attractive under the best circumstances (enough said).
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Old 02-18-2011, 04:55 PM
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That dick nosed monkey.
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Old 02-18-2011, 05:23 PM
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Giant. Frakking. Isopods.

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Old 02-18-2011, 05:33 PM
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Giant. Frakking. Isopods.
This is excluded under the OP's restrictions (vertebrates only; arthropods specifically excluded).

If it weren't for those restrictions, this would certainly be a reasonable candidate though.
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:30 PM
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I we're talking about the face, I wouldn't want to kiss a lamprey.

And to pick on the deep sea fish some more, then angler fish wouldn't win a beauty c ontest.
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:36 PM
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Goblin shark.
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:46 PM
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Monkfish.
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:49 PM
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Ugliest, grossest...eh, no contest.
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:57 PM
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I'll submit the naked mole rat.
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:01 PM
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I don't know if slugs count. Do they have vertebrae?

Slugs. Ug. They look like a cross between shit and snot. I loathe slugs.

They're Mollusca, so I'm betting they can't play in this game. Never mind.

They're still gross.

Oh! Oh! Has anyone done the star-nosed mole?

Oh! Snub-nosed monkeys disturb me.

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Old 02-18-2011, 08:08 PM
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That dick nosed monkey.
Monkeys with no noses are worse: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_3FTO6EjRbe...den+monkey.jpg
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:10 PM
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The solenodon.

It's like a kwiwi with teeth!
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:22 PM
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:59 PM
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Giant. Frakking. Isopods.
Agreed with others that this doesn't count because of lack of vertebrae, but if we WERE allowed to use it, I'd have to trump it with Cymothoa exigua, the Tongue-Eating Isopod. Only because it's conceptually more horrific than some free-swimming sea bug, no matter how big.
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:25 PM
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You wouldn't look too good, either, if you were put into an atmosphere where the pressure was several dozen times less than you were used to.
Do they look like hotties at their own pressure, then?
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:31 PM
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I we're talking about the face, I wouldn't want to kiss a lamprey.

And to pick on the deep sea fish some more, then angler fish wouldn't win a beauty c ontest.
Pshaw. I would kiss a lamprey on the lips (raspy tongue-thing??). Their cousin,the hagfish is the worst. Imagine a lamprey, except it is blind, and covered with disgusting slime. Also it's much bigger, and is known to "devour their victims from the inside" and "pull out hunks of flesh from carrion fish or cetaceans, eventually making an opening to permit entry to the interior of the body cavity of larger carcasses."

On a similar note to the anglerfish is the viperfish. The angler is notable in that the male is like 100th the size of the female, and bites her on the side, and fuses with her body becoming an atrophied sperm machine.
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:37 PM
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National Geographic recently had a feature on these guys...the small ones are *just* fuzzy and cute enough for me to ignore the lack of nose.

Something about the face of the sloth is unsettling to me. Those claws are pretty freaky too.
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Old 02-19-2011, 03:07 AM
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RIP, Sam, the world's ugliest dog.
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Old 02-19-2011, 06:01 AM
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Old 02-19-2011, 06:17 AM
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I've seen naked mole rats in the, er, flesh at the Singapore Zoo. They're actually pretty cute in person.

For my choice, I'll have to think about it some. Maybe leeches.
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:14 AM
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The angler is notable in that the male is like 100th the size of the female, and bites her on the side, and fuses with her body becoming an atrophied sperm machine.
Sounds like marriage actually.
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:22 AM
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I think naked mole rats, too. Hidious things.
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Old 02-19-2011, 10:54 AM
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Agreed with others that this doesn't count because of lack of vertebrae, but if we WERE allowed to use it, I'd have to trump it with Cymothoa exigua, the Tongue-Eating Isopod. Only because it's conceptually more horrific than some free-swimming sea bug, no matter how big.
Holy crap. I've never heard of these before but that's pretty horrific.

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This parasite enters through the gills, and then attaches itself at the base of the spotted rose snapper's (Lutjanus guttatus) tongue. It extracts blood through the claws on its front, causing the tongue to atrophy from lack of blood. The parasite then replaces the fish's tongue by attaching its own body to the muscles of the tongue stub. The fish is able to use the parasite just like a normal tongue.
That is some straight up Giger shit.
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Old 02-19-2011, 11:10 AM
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My sister.
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Old 02-19-2011, 11:20 AM
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Some of the ugliest have been mentioned, so I'll submit the Tapir.

Sure, it's kinda unassuming at first. Perhaps even cute when a baby. But then... it smiles.
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Old 02-19-2011, 11:48 AM
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I don't know if slugs count. Do they have vertebrae?
Breakin' my heart, you are. Slugs are one of my very favorite things. The fewer bones the better, that's what I always say!

I don't really find any animals ugly, but apes freak me out in a kind of existential way, because they're almost human, but not human. I once had a gorilla mother look at me through the window of a zoo exhibit... it was the most exhausted, ''Can't you just leave me alone?'' sort of look and it was so human I've forever been haunted by it.

As such, I find them hard to look at.
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Old 02-19-2011, 11:59 AM
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Breakin' my heart, you are. Slugs are one of my very favorite things. The fewer bones the better, that's what I always say!
But then they wouldn't be crunchy!
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Old 02-19-2011, 02:37 PM
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Joan Rivers without her makeup. http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...iw=917&bih=369
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Old 02-19-2011, 06:24 PM
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Damn...Tubiflex worms are disqualified, ain't they?
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Old 02-19-2011, 06:56 PM
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Marg Helgenberger (Catherine Willows from CSI) without makeup. I saw a pic about a month ago, can't find it now. Apparently some plastic surgery went bad or something.
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Old 02-19-2011, 08:46 PM
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Since no one else has mentioned them, I'll nominate warthogs. And their relative, babirusas, which make warthogs look like Miss America.

But the blobfish was one of my first thoughts. Angler fish are also very deserving candidates. Actually, most of the fish at that depth look like the spawn of Cthulhu.
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:38 PM
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Since no one else has mentioned them, I'll nominate warthogs. And their relative, babirusas, which make warthogs look like Miss America.
Aw, but look at baby babirusa!
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Old 02-19-2011, 11:18 PM
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Damn...Tubiflex worms are disqualified, ain't they?
Good God! I can't tell its head from its rectum!
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Old 02-19-2011, 11:24 PM
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Agreed with others that this doesn't count because of lack of vertebrae, but if we WERE allowed to use it, I'd have to trump it with Cymothoa exigua, the Tongue-Eating Isopod. Only because it's conceptually more horrific than some free-swimming sea bug, no matter how big.
That article has the dumbest sentence ever. It says that they're not dangerous... unless they're alive.
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:05 PM
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I think the OP nailed it with the naked mole rat. Though using 'nailed it' in that sentence brings up some unpleasant mental images.

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Blobfish.
They're adorable! They look so depressed, they make me go awww in sympathy.

That little fella looks like he had a hard day at work but was sustained by thinking all day of the cake waiting for him at home, only to discover, when he got home, that someone else had eaten it and it was all gone. Awww.

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Old 02-20-2011, 12:48 PM
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Those goldfish breeds with a head growth are creepy and not cute. When I was a kid I thought their brains were showing.
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Old 02-20-2011, 02:35 PM
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I'd have to trump [Giant Isopods] with Cymothoa exigua, the Tongue-Eating Isopod. Only because it's conceptually more horrific than some free-swimming sea bug, no matter how big.
More horrific? Most certainly. Those buggers are nightmare fuel that even their big boy cousins can't match.

But uglier? Nah.

They look about the same, only tinier, so the Giant has a lot more room to pack ugly in, and you can actually SEE it without getting close enough to have your tongue devoured. >_>

But, yeah, no spines, so neither of them count.

Pity, 'cuz...hard to beat them.
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:51 AM
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I we're talking about the face, I wouldn't want to kiss a lamprey.
Arrggghgghh!


Aggggghhhhhhhhhhh!



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Old 02-21-2011, 02:44 AM
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For me, it has to be the naked mole rat. Seeing them at the zoo just made me uncomfortable. The Pipa toads (aka Surinam toads) that I saw at Toronto Zoo, on the other hand, I found to be interesting. I know that the sea creatures mentioned are pretty ugly, but at least they are the way they are due to their environment. Naked mole rats, however, just don't seem to be right somehow.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:00 AM
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I kinda feel bad about this because I consider myself an animal lover- but apes are just hideous to me. All of them. They look like ugly dirty hairy people :\

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Old 02-21-2011, 07:08 AM
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Ugliest, grossest...eh, no contest.
Leave Christina Aguilera alone!

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Old 02-21-2011, 10:01 AM
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:16 AM
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You realise, of course, that this means war.

And have you ever seen the under side of an armadillo?
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:24 AM
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:00 AM
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Heh, that thing is both adorable and hideous at the same time.
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Old 02-23-2011, 03:56 PM
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Agreed with others that this doesn't count because of lack of vertebrae, but if we WERE allowed to use it, I'd have to trump it with Cymothoa exigua, the Tongue-Eating Isopod. Only because it's conceptually more horrific than some free-swimming sea bug, no matter how big.
OK, a) that's horrific, and b) "feed on fish mucus" is a phrase I'd never thought I'd see. Thanks Wikipedia!
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:15 PM
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Heh, that thing is both adorable and hideous at the same time.
Something about it makes me feel as though it should be teaching children the alphabet or something. Like a Muppet.
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:21 PM
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That little fella looks like he had a hard day at work but was sustained by thinking all day of the cake waiting for him at home, only to discover, when he got home, that someone else had eaten it and it was all gone. Awww.
Dammit! Now I'm going to have to find a way to give a blobfish some cake, see if it cheers him up.

I don't think there's any animals I actually find hideous, the thing that comes closest is the weird fish thing that comes in at 4:26 in this, the Blue Planet, deep sea episode- it looks like some sort of skinned zombie seal pup, out for revenge...
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