Books > Inspired by NaturePL > Nature's Best Display and Camouflage (26) More files... Wayland, ISBN: 978-0750287999 - NATURE'S BEST series
Some animals have developed astounding plumage, skin and fur which perfectly meets their needs. From the pangolin, which is covered in 'plates of armour' to protect it from predators, to the leafy appearance of the weedy sea dragon, that allows it hide amongst the seaweed, the creatures featured in this book have developed appearances that are both unique and out-of-this-world.

Find out more about these marvels of nature and learn how evolution has shaped each animal's appearance - whether it is trying to blend in with its surroundings, pretend to be a different species or draw attention to how deadly it is.

Vivid, arresting photography paired with captivating animal encounters make this book a thrilling introduction to some of the basics of evolutionary theory.
Platypus {Ornithorhynchus anatinus} swimming underwater Tasmania, Australia. Composite.  -  Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / Platypus {Ornithorhynchus anatinus} swimming underwater Tasmania, Australia. Composite.
Blue morpho (Morpho peleides) in flight, controlled conditions, from South America  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Blue morpho (Morpho peleides) in flight, controlled conditions, from South America
White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) mother and calf browsing. Entabeni Safari Conservancy, Limpopo region, Waterberg, South Africa, October  -  Uri Golman
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Uri Golman / White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) mother and calf browsing. Entabeni Safari Conservancy, Limpopo region, Waterberg, South Africa, October
Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) female checks out two adult males performing the inverted static display at their display lek.  Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) female checks out two adult males performing the inverted static display at their display lek. Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.
Male peacock (Pavo cristatus) displaying his ocellated tail feathers.  -  Paul D Stewart
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Paul D Stewart / Male peacock (Pavo cristatus) displaying his ocellated tail feathers.
Moose (Alces alces) head portrait of bull standing in forest clearing, Cap Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada, September  -  Eric Baccega
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Eric Baccega / Moose (Alces alces) head portrait of bull standing in forest clearing, Cap Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada, September
Male Giraffe-necked Weevil (Trachelophorus giraffa) Montane rainforest, Vohiparara, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar.  -  Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Male Giraffe-necked Weevil (Trachelophorus giraffa) Montane rainforest, Vohiparara, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar.
Casqued / Veiled / Yemeni chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) catching cricket with extended tongue, controlled conditions  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Casqued / Veiled / Yemeni chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) catching cricket with extended tongue, controlled conditions
Mexican West Coast Rattle Snake {Crotalus basiliscus} close up of rattle, captive, from Central America  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Mexican West Coast Rattle Snake {Crotalus basiliscus} close up of rattle, captive, from Central America
Thorny devil (Moloch horridus), Central Australia, Australia  -  Jouan & Rius
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Jouan & Rius / Thorny devil (Moloch horridus), Central Australia, Australia
Temminck's ground pangolin {Manis temmincki} rolled in defensive ball Africa  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Temminck's ground pangolin {Manis temmincki} rolled in defensive ball Africa
Bull moose feeding in lake (Alces alces) Gaspe Park, Canada, North America - older moose feed on plants in deeper water  -  Jose Schell
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Jose Schell / Bull moose feeding in lake (Alces alces) Gaspe Park, Canada, North America - older moose feed on plants in deeper water
Young Bull Moose (Alces alces) standing in snow, close-up portrait.  Nord-Trondelag, Norway. December.  -  Andy  Trowbridge
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Andy Trowbridge / Young Bull Moose (Alces alces) standing in snow, close-up portrait. Nord-Trondelag, Norway. December.
Duck Billed Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) close-up of venomous spur, captive, Tasmania.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Duck Billed Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) close-up of venomous spur, captive, Tasmania.
Mojave rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus) rattling, Mojave desert, California, June.  -  Daniel  Heuclin
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Daniel Heuclin / Mojave rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus) rattling, Mojave desert, California, June.
Common lionfish / Devil firefish (Pterois miles)  Egypt, Red Sea, endemic species.  -  Georgette Douwma
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Georgette Douwma / Common lionfish / Devil firefish (Pterois miles) Egypt, Red Sea, endemic species.
Frilled Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii) with its neck frill out as a threat display. Queensland, Australia, November.  -  Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / Frilled Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii) with its neck frill out as a threat display. Queensland, Australia, November.
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis), adult at night walking on log. Laredo, Webb County, South Texas, USA, April.  -  Rolf Nussbaumer
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Rolf Nussbaumer / Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis), adult at night walking on log. Laredo, Webb County, South Texas, USA, April.
two Musk ox (Ovibus moschatus) on snow in winter, Dovre-Sunndalsfjella National Park, Sor-Trondelag, Norway. January  -  Orsolya Haarberg
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Orsolya Haarberg / two Musk ox (Ovibus moschatus) on snow in winter, Dovre-Sunndalsfjella National Park, Sor-Trondelag, Norway. January
A male Leafy Seadragon (Phycodurus eques) swimming. Wool Bay Jetty, Edithburgh, Yorke Peninsular, South Australia, November.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / A male Leafy Seadragon (Phycodurus eques) swimming. Wool Bay Jetty, Edithburgh, Yorke Peninsular, South Australia, November.
RF- Adult Flap-necked Chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis). Ndutu Safari Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania. February. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / RF- Adult Flap-necked Chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis). Ndutu Safari Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania. February. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Great potoo (Nyctibius grandis) camouflaged on branch, Pantanal NP, Mato Grosso, Brazil  -  Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Great potoo (Nyctibius grandis) camouflaged on branch, Pantanal NP, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Red bald headed uakari {Cacajao calvus ucayalii} wild, in tree canopy, Rio Yavari, Amazonia, Peru FOR SALE IN UK ONLY  -  Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Red bald headed uakari {Cacajao calvus ucayalii} wild, in tree canopy, Rio Yavari, Amazonia, Peru FOR SALE IN UK ONLY
Two Poison dart frogs {Dendrobates imitator} perching on leaf, captive, Peru  -  Michael D. Kern
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Michael D. Kern / Two Poison dart frogs {Dendrobates imitator} perching on leaf, captive, Peru
North american porcupine in tree {Erethizion dorsatum} Chihuahua, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil
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Patricio Robles Gil / North american porcupine in tree {Erethizion dorsatum} Chihuahua, Mexico
Indian rhinoceros {Rhinoceros unicornis} Kaziranga NP, Assam, India  -  Jean-Pierre Zwaenepoel
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Jean-Pierre Zwaenepoel / Indian rhinoceros {Rhinoceros unicornis} Kaziranga NP, Assam, India