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Taxidermy

The art of taxidermy started about 4000 years ago, because Man has always been passionate about preserving the bodies and part of the animals that surround him.

Modern taxidermy is a high-level artistic expression, from simple bones to the most beautiful animal perfectly prepared and with full guarantee of remaining for many years.

One of a Kind Shop is specialized in this area and over time we will offer a wide variety of pieces.

All of them will be only offered under the legal conditions of the market, which assures that all species subject to some specific CITES appendix will be sold with its own CITES certificate.


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Spotted Eagle Ray jaws

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Spectacular Aetobatus narinari jaws reveal the distinctive tongue of this remarkable species. Mature spotted eagle rays can reach lengths of up to 5 meters, with the largest individuals boasting a wingspan of up to 3 meters and weighing up to 230 kilograms. Spotted eagle rays primarily prey on bivalves, crabs, whelks, and other benthic invertebrates. They also consume mollusks, crustaceans—particularly malacostracans—echinoderms, polychaete worms, hermit crabs, shrimp, octopuses, and small fish.

The specialized chevron-shaped tooth structure of the spotted eagle ray aids in crushing the hard shells of mollusks. Their jaws feature calcified struts that support them and prevent damage when breaking through tough prey shells. These rays exhibit unique behavior, often observed digging with their snouts in ocean sand. This particular specimen hails from the waters of Madagascar and is presented in a double black lacquered wood mount, meticulously crafted by One of a Kind.

Blue Peacock

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The Blue Peacock, also known as the Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus), is a species native to the Indian subcontinent and has been introduced to various other countries. This majestic bird is a resident breeder across the Indian subcontinent, predominantly inhabiting the drier lowland areas of Sri Lanka. In regions of northern India, the Indian peafowl holds cultural significance and is protected by religious practices, often foraging around villages and towns for scraps.

Historical records suggest that the peacock may have been introduced to Europe by Alexander the Great or reached Athens as early as 450 BCE. Since then, it has been introduced to numerous parts of the world, becoming feral in some areas. The Indian peafowl has found its way to countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, France, and many others, spreading its splendor across continents.

Celebrated in Hindu and Greek mythology, the Indian peafowl holds a special place in cultural symbolism and is revered as the national bird of India.

The male peacock is renowned for its stunning beauty, characterized not only by its vibrant blue coloration but also by its ornate trains displayed during courtship rituals. With feathers fanned out in a captivating display, the male peacock mesmerizes observers with its graceful movements.

This exquisite male peacock specimen, skillfully prepared by a taxidermist, can be mounted on either a wooden base or a wooden wall support, adding a touch of natural elegance to any setting.

Anglerfish vitrine

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The Anglerfish, scientifically known as Lophius piscatorius and commonly referred to as the European angler or common monkfish, belongs to the family Lophiidae. This unique species inhabits coastal waters spanning from the Barents Sea to the Strait of Gibraltar, encompassing regions such as the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Notably, within certain areas of its range, such as the Irish Sea, the European angler supports a significant commercial fishery.

This exquisite taxidermy specimen showcases the intricate details of the Anglerfish, including its distinctive two rows of teeth and elusive nature. Mounted within a glass vitrine wooden base, this display piece serves as a captivating tribute to the enigmatic beauty of this remarkable marine species.

Bathynomus giganteus vitrine

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The Bathynomus giganteus is a species of aquatic crustacean belonging to the order Isopoda. It is a member of the giant isopods (Bathynomus), and while distantly related to shrimps and crabs, it exhibits unique characteristics that set it apart.

Found in the benthic regions of cold waters, Bathynomus giganteus thrives in depths ranging from 310 to 2140 meters in the West-Atlantic, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. The unusually large size of Bathynomus giganteus is attributed to a phenomenon known as deep-sea gigantism, where invertebrates living in cold, deep waters tend to grow larger and have longer lifespans.

This particular specimen was captured at a depth of 500 meters in a deep-sea lobster trap in the French West Indies, showcasing the remarkable biodiversity of our oceans.

Presented in a glass vitrine atop a black wood base, this Bathynomus giganteus specimen serves as a fascinating reminder of the mysteries that lie beneath the ocean's surface.

Crocodylus skull

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Crocodile Skull (Crocodylus siamensis) from a reputable crocodile farm in Thailand, supplied with its certification. This extraordinary piece, mounted on a sleek black lacquered wood base with a handmade brass support, commands attention and exudes a unique charm. With its awe-inspiring presence and impeccable craftsmanship, this crocodile skull adds an intriguing exotic touch to any space. It comes with a CITES certificate, ensuring its authenticity and responsible sourcing. Embrace the allure of this one-of-a-kind decorative treasure and get in touch with the wild side of life.

Balloon Fish

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The Porcupine or Balloon Fish, scientifically known as Diodon hystrix, is a fascinating creature of the sea. These timid creatures tend to retreat if approached by divers, showcasing their cautious nature. They possess the unique ability to secrete a toxic skin substance, rendering them poisonous, although they have been consumed in regions such as Hawaii and Tahiti. In Oriental cultures, dried and inflated bodies of porcupine fish are sold as tourist novelties, while in some Pacific islands, their dried skins were historically used as war helmets.

Despite their potential toxicity, porcupinefish are also prized additions to private and public aquariums, admired for their intriguing appearance and behavior. However, they are not typically targeted for human consumption.

This beautiful specimen, originating from the Philippines and mounted in an iron ase, is meticulously preserved and represents a non-CITES species, making it a valuable addition to any collection.

Python regius snake

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A superb, complete skeleton of the Ball Python (Python regius), also known as the Royal python, a species native to West and Central Africa, thriving in grasslands, shrublands, and open forests. This non venomous constrictor is the smallest among African pythons, reaching a maximum length of 182 cm. The name 'ball python' is derived from its tendency to curl into a ball when stressed or frightened. The skeleton has been meticulously prepared to museum standards and is fully mounted in a handmade black lacquered vitrine.

This specimen originates from Ghana and comes with its CITES certificate.

Crocodylus skull

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Crocodile Skull (Crocodylus siamensis) from a reputable crocodile farm in Thailand, supplied with its certification. This extraordinary piece, mounted on a sleek black lacquered wood base with a handmade brass support, commands attention and exudes a unique charm. With its awe-inspiring presence and impeccable craftsmanship, this crocodile skull adds an intriguing exotic touch to any space. It comes with a CITES certificate, ensuring its authenticity and responsible sourcing. Embrace the allure of this one-of-a-kind decorative treasure and get in touch with the wild side of life.

Portunus pelagicus Crab

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Portunus pelagicus, commonly known as the flower crab or blue crab, is a large crab species inhabiting the Indo-Pacific region. It can be found along the coasts of Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Additionally, it thrives in intertidal estuaries spanning most of Australia and extending eastward to New Caledonia. The species holds significant commercial importance across the Indo-Pacific, where it is sought after for its traditional hard shells or marketed as "soft-shelled" crabs, considered a delicacy in various Asian cuisines. The species is highly valued, particularly in the Persian Gulf, where it is extensively harvested for meat consumption, with females commanding higher prices than males.

Noteworthy traits such as rapid growth, ease of larviculture, high fecundity, and relatively robust tolerance to both nitrate and ammonia make Portunus pelagicus an ideal candidate for aquaculture.

This particular specimen is from Cebu, Philippines.

Guitarfish shark

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Guitarfish, a remarkable shark species that combines the elegance of rays and the intrigue of sharks. This exquisite creature, from Madagascar, is mounted in a splendid glass vitrine, adds a touch of natural beauty and marine allure to any decor.

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the mounted Guitarfish showcases its distinctive guitar-like shape, featuring a flattened body, elongated tail, and graceful pectoral fins. The delicate hues of brown, gray, or olive perfectly complement the surrounding environment, creating a harmonious aesthetic. Beyond its decorative appeal, the Guitarfish holds significant ecological importance. This species plays a vital role in maintaining the balance of marine ecosystems, making it a symbol of the interconnectedness of our planet's natural wonders.

Elevate your decor with the addition of the mounted Guitarfish in its elegant glass vitrine. Let its presence spark conversations, inspire a sense of wonder, and remind us of the remarkable diversity that exists beneath the waves.

This unique specimen comes with all the necessary documentation, ensuring its authenticity and compliance with regulations.

Mako Shark Jaw

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The Mako Shark (Isurus sp.) exhibits remarkable variations in both shortfin and longfin species. The shortfin mako can grow up to 4 meters in length and weigh a staggering 570 kg. Adult specimens typically measure around 2.5 to 3.2 meters in length and weigh between 135 and 230 kg. This species displays sexual dimorphism, with females generally being larger than males.

The longfin mako shark closely resembles its shortfin counterpart, but possesses distinct characteristics such as larger pectoral fins, dark coloration around the mouth, and larger eyes. Shortfin makos are commonly found in offshore temperate and tropical seas across the globe, while the closely related longfin makos are typically observed in the Gulf Stream or warmer offshore waters like New Zealand and Maine.

These pelagic creatures inhabit depths ranging from the surface to 150 meters, often far from the shore but occasionally venturing closer to islands, inlets, or coastal areas. Notably, the Mako Shark is one of the few known endothermic shark species, capable of maintaining a body temperature higher than the surrounding water. It tends to avoid waters colder than 16°C.

While recorded human encounters with Mako Sharks are rare, it's important to note that large specimens can pose a potential threat. Exercise caution and respect when observing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

This particular specimen hails from the waters of Madagascar and is expertly mounted on a base crafted from black lacquered wood. Embrace the captivating allure of this Mako Shark specimen, an extraordinary addition to any collection or decor project.

Shark Raw Jaw

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Wedge fishes in the family Rhinidae. They are found in the tropical and subtropical Indo-Pacific with a single species (R. luebbert) in the eastern Atlantic.  The species are superficially similar and have often been confused. The various species can generally be separated by a combination of snout shape, vertebral count and exact colour (distribution of white spots, and presence/absence of a black spot at the base of the pectoral fin).

The largest species can reach about three meters and are among the largest species of rajiformes, but the smallest reach less than one-third of that size. The wedgefish prey upon small bony fish and invertebrates and have a very peculiar jaw that works like a crusher to eat shellfish.

This one was from Madagascar waters and is mounted on a black lacquered wood base.

Blue Marlin rostrum Pair

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Pair of Blue Marlin rostrum, from Madagascar.

Nicely finished and prepared in a black iron socket. These rostrum are very hard, and in antiquity it was used as a dagger, specially by Vikings. 

Spiral Blue Marlin

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Blue Marlin rostrum – A work of art made in Indonesia, making a look like Narwhal tooth, handmade by local artisans.

Beautiful and unusual decor piece.

Non CITES species.

Spiral Blue Marlin

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Blue Marlin rostrum – A work of art made in Indonesia, making a look like Narwhal tooth, handmade by local artisans.

Beautiful and unusual decor piece.

Non CITES species.

Trachemys scripta Turtle

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The Pond Slider (Trachemys scripta) is a species of common, medium-sized, semi aquatic turtle.

In Europe, Trachemys is included since 2016 in the list of Invasive Alien Species of Union concern (the Union list). It originally comes from the Gulf of Mexico, but this specimen was bred in a nursery in Emilia-Romana, Italy. This turtle have a very variable colour and pattern, some time they can exhibit exceptional looks and made them very desirable.

It's a non Cites species.

Reinwardt's flying frog

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Reinwardt's flying frog  - Rhacophorus reinwardtii is a species of frog in the family Rhacophoridae.

It is variously known under the common names of black-webbed treefrog, green flying frog, Reinwardt's flying frog, or Reinwardt's treefrog. It is not considered threatened by the IUCN. It is found in China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, and possibly Brunei and Myanmar. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical moist montane forest, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marshes.

This one came from Java – Indonesia and is mounted in a glass dome.

Whiptail Stingray glass vitrine

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Whiptail stingrays are a family, the Dasyatidae, of rays in the order Myliobatiformes.

They are found worldwide in tropical to temperate marine waters, and a number of species have also penetrated into fresh water in Africa, Asia, and Australia. Members of this family have flattened pectoral fin discs that range from oval to diamond-like in shape. Their common name comes from their whip-like tails, which are much longer than the disc and lack dorsal and caudal fins.

All whiptail stingrays. This is a dried specimen coming from Philippines and is mounted in new design and created wood and glass vitrine with magnetic closure by One of a Kind.

Draco volans dome

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Common Flying Dragon - Draco volans, like other members of genus Draco, this species has the ability to glide using winglike lateral extensions of skin called patagia.

From Java, Indenesia - this specimen is presented in a wooden base glass dome.

Rhacophorus pardalis dome

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The "Flying Frog" Rhacophorus pardalis is one of the few species of frogs that can "fly" due to extensive webbing between its fingers and toes.

This characteristic allows it to glide from branch to branch, or across breaks in the forest canopy.

A beautiful species from Java, Indonesia.

Trachemys scripta Turtle

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The Pond Slider (Trachemys scripta) is a species of common, medium-sized, semi aquatic turtle.

In Europe, Trachemys is included since 2016 in the list of Invasive Alien Species of Union concern (the Union list). It originally comes from the Gulf of Mexico, but this specimen was bred in a nursery in Emilia-Romana, Italy. This turtle have a very variable colour and pattern, some time they can exhibit exceptional looks and made them very desirable.

It's a non Cites species.

Trachemys scripta Turtle

Availability: 1 In Stock

The Pond Slider (Trachemys scripta) is a species of common, medium-sized, semi aquatic turtle.

In Europe, Trachemys is included since 2016 in the list of Invasive Alien Species of Union concern (the Union list). It originally comes from the Gulf of Mexico, but this specimen was bred in a nursery in Emilia-Romana, Italy. This turtle have a very variable colour and pattern, some time they can exhibit exceptional looks and made them very desirable.

It's a non Cites species.

Red hartebeest set of horns

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Red hartbeest set of horns, in a handmade brass base, from Namibia.

Its a large African antelope of the family Bovidae. It has a longer face that other subspecies, with complex curving horns joined at the base. The average weight of a male is about 150 kg, and female is 120 kg.

Non CITES species.

Snake skeleton frame

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Trimeresurus albolabris, snake skeleton from Indonesia in a black wood frame.

Also known as White-lipped pit Viper, venomous pit viper species endemic to Southeast Asia. Its meals consist of birds, small frogs, and small mammals. This snake doesn't strike and release its prey; like many arboreal snakes, it strikes and holds on to the prey item until the prey dies. Results of bites from this species range from mild envenoming to death.

The venom of white-lipped pitviper contains procoagulant properties. 

Trachemys scripta

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The pond slider Trachemys scripta is a species of common, medium-sized, semiaquatic turtle.

In Europe, Trachemys scripta is included since 2016 in the list of Invasive Alien Species of Union concern (the Union list). It originally comes from the Gulf of Mexico, but this specimen was bred in a nursery in Emilia-Romana, Italy.

Mounted in a high gloss beige lacquered wood base.

Non cites species.

Female Cape Eland antelope horns

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A pair of female Cape Eland antelope, in brass bases, from Namibia. Its the biggest of all Elands, big bulls can reach 1000 kgs.

The common eland is sometimes farmed and hunted for its meat, and in some cases can be better used than cattle because it is more suited to African climates. This has led to some Southern African farmers switching from cattle to eland. Common elands are also pictured as supporters in the coat of arms of Grootfontein, Namibia.

Non-Cites species. 

Impala horns

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Impala horns, from Zimbabwe, in a walnut wood base.

The Impala is a medium-sized antelope found in eastern and southern Africa. Active mainly during the day, the impala may be gregarious or territorial depending upon the climate and geography. The impala is found in woodlands and sometimes on the interface (ecotone) between woodlands and savannahs; it inhabits places near water.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classifies the impala as a species of least concern.

Non CITES species. 

Red hartebeest set of horns

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Red hartebeest set of horns, from Namibia, in a square black lacquered wood base.

Its a large African antelope of the family Bovidae. It has a longer face that other subspecies, with complex curving horns joined at the base.[4] The average weight of a male is about 150 kg, and female is 120 kg. Is a common species in South Angola, Namibia, Botswana and R. South Africa.

Non CITES species.

Blue Marlin rostrum Pair

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Pair of Blue Marlin rostrum, from Madagascar.

Nicely finished and prepared in a black iron socket. These rostrum are very hard, and in antiquity it was used as a dagger, specially by Vikings. 

Armadillo Basket - Victorian

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Victorian Taxidermy

Armadillos can be found in Texas, the southern United States, throughout Central America and in northern South America.

In keeping with the Victorian taste for exotic curiosities, fashionable ladies have worn these baskets on their arm and coordinated the silk lining with their outfits.

They were also used as sewing baskets from time to time.

This is a larger one, the tail forming the handle, lined with green silk fabric, Circa 1880.