Snouters are a taxon
s, also known as Rhinograde
s, that populated the Hi-yi-yi Islands
in the Pacific Ocean
. All snouter species have in common a nasal appendage
that has evolve
d to fit all of their ecological
needs. For instance, Tyrannonasus imperator
uses its four snouts as legs, Emunctator sorbens
catches prey in its voluminous nasal secretions, and Otopteryx volitans
flies by flapping its large ears while steering with its nose.
Snouters were first discovered on the island of Hy-dud-dye-fee
by the Swedish naturalist Einar Pettersson-Skämtkvist
in 1941. However, they have since become extinct, as the entire island chain sank into the ocean in the 1950s as the result of an earthquake triggered by the testing of an atom bomb. At the time of the earthquake, a conference was being held at the Darwin Institute
of Hi-yi-yi, so all the major experts on Rhinogrades, along with most of their research
material, were lost. The only evidence of the snouters existence remained in the form of a manuscript by the German naturalist Harold Stümpke
, which was published in 1957 Bau und Leben der Rhinogradentia
; the English translation is entitled The Snouters, Form and Life of the Rhinogrades.
No, actually. Snouters are a big joke. Bau und Leben der Rhinogradentia
was written by Gerolf Steiner, who also wrote an epilogue to the English
edition. Because his book included detailed drawings, notes, and references,
it has been accepted by credulous first year biology students everywhere
as accurate, to the perpetual delight of their cynical teaching assistants.