Real-life unicorns

A horned horse might not exist, but nature has produced several very real unicorns

 

As elusive as the myth

 

 

Just like the legendary creatures they’re named after, unicorn agamas are rare and hard to find. They’ve only been spotted a few times in the forests of Sumatra, and little is known about them. The rostral horn is most likely larger in males and could be a characteristic used by females to choose mates.

 

This unicorn is disguised and deadly

 

The Arizona unicorn mantis is a species of praying mantis native to the state of Arizona in America. Like other mantises it’s a sit-and-wait predator, staying completely still until the moment comes to strike. Its thin body and dark green, leaf-like wings give it the appearance of a stick, helped by a horn made up of two small cones.

 

A narwhal’s horn isn’t a horn at all

 

Known as the unicorn of the sea, the narwhal is one of the most iconic ‘horned’ creatures in the world. This medium-sized whale spends all year in the icy waters of the Arctic, and its horn is actually a tooth. In males of the species, one canine tooth grows up to 2.7 metres (8.8 feet) to form the spiralled tusk.

 

There are even more unicorns hiding somewhere in Issue 58. It’s out today in stores and online!