(From the publisher):
In 1941 a Swedish prisoner of war escaping from Japanese imprisonment eventually landed on the as yet undiscovered island of Hy-dud-dye-fee in the South Sea archipelago of Hi-yi-yi. What he found there was one of the most startling scientific discoveries of the twentieth century: an entirely new order of mammals, the Rhinogrades, commonly called snouters, whose chief characteristic—as the name indicates—is an extraordinarily developed snout.
There is the primitive Snouter, a mole-like creature with a bog nose; the Snout Leaper (Hopsorhinus aureus), whose long, jointed nose is used as a kind of catapult; the Ear Wing (Otopteryx volitans), which flies with its ears and uses its nose as a landing gear; and the Miraculous Flower-Faced Snouter (Corbulonasus longicauda), which stands on its long, stiff, stem-like tail and traps pollinating insects with its five-petal nose.
Unfortunately, all the snouters were wiped out (along with their archipelago) as a result of the same misjudges atmoic explosion which killed the author, Harald Stümpke, who was studying them in their habitat.
Original title: Bau und Leben der Rhinogradentia
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Hard Science→ Biology
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Humor