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The Japanese archipelago is made up of more than 3000 islands and stretches from the humid subtropical Ryukyu Islands to the boreal forests of Hokkaido. This hotspot supports a wide range of ecosystems and climatic zones, including extensive mountain areas. Endemism is high amongst mammals and amphibians (including the world's most northerly primate), while around a third of 5600 plant species is endemic. Principal threats to biodiversity come from introduced mammals which prey on endemic birds and small mammals, and industrial and tourist development.
Steller's Eagle (Haliaeteus pelagicus) in flight over snow, Hokkaido, Japan, February - Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Steller's Eagle (Haliaeteus pelagicus) in flight over snow, Hokkaido, Japan, February
Blakiston's Fish Owl (Ketupa blakistoni) perched, Hokkaido, Japan, February. - Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Blakiston's Fish Owl (Ketupa blakistoni) perched, Hokkaido, Japan, February.
Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus) male with own young in mouth. Hino river, Nichinan-chou, Tottori, Japan, March. - Yukihiro  Fukuda
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Yukihiro Fukuda / Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus) male with own young in mouth. Hino river, Nichinan-chou, Tottori, Japan, March.
Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata) grooming near hot spring, Jigokudani, Yaenkoen, Nagano, Japan, February. - Mark  MacEwen
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Mark MacEwen / Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata) grooming near hot spring, Jigokudani, Yaenkoen, Nagano, Japan, February.
Kuroiwa's Ground Gecko (Goniurosaurus kuroiwae kuroiwae) Japan - Nature Production
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Nature Production / Kuroiwa's Ground Gecko (Goniurosaurus kuroiwae kuroiwae) Japan
Japanese squirrel (Sciurus lis) stretching, Mount Yatsugatake, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, August. Endemic species. - Yukihiro  Fukuda
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Yukihiro Fukuda / Japanese squirrel (Sciurus lis) stretching, Mount Yatsugatake, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, August. Endemic species.
Japanese fireflies (Luciola cruciata) in flight at night, Japan endemic species, Ichikawa-Riveer, Asago Hyougo,  Japan, July - Yukihiro  Fukuda
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Yukihiro Fukuda / Japanese fireflies (Luciola cruciata) in flight at night, Japan endemic species, Ichikawa-Riveer, Asago Hyougo, Japan, July
Okinawa Rail {Gallirallus okinawae} resting on a tree, Okinawa, Japan - Nature Production
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Nature Production / Okinawa Rail {Gallirallus okinawae} resting on a tree, Okinawa, Japan
Japanese macaque {Macaca fuscata} group warming in hot thermal pool, Joshin-etsu NP, Japan - Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Japanese macaque {Macaca fuscata} group warming in hot thermal pool, Joshin-etsu NP, Japan
Japanese crane (Grus japonicus) pair in courtship display during snow fall, Hokkaido, Japan, February. - Vincent Munier
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Vincent Munier / Japanese crane (Grus japonicus) pair in courtship display during snow fall, Hokkaido, Japan, February.
Japanese Robin {Erithacus akahige} male at mountain stream, Yamanashi, Japan - Nature Production
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Nature Production / Japanese Robin {Erithacus akahige} male at mountain stream, Yamanashi, Japan
Yoshino Cherry trees {Prunus / Cerasus  yedoensis 'Yedoensis'} in blossom on hillside with fog behind,  Lake Tama, Japan - Nature Production
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Nature Production / Yoshino Cherry trees {Prunus / Cerasus yedoensis 'Yedoensis'} in blossom on hillside with fog behind, Lake Tama, Japan
Japanese / Red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) flock in snow, Tsurui, Kushiro-Shitsugen National Park, Hokkaido, Japan - Kerstin Hinze
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Kerstin Hinze / Japanese / Red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) flock in snow, Tsurui, Kushiro-Shitsugen National Park, Hokkaido, Japan
Sika deer group {Cervus nippon} Furen Lake, Hokkaido, Japan - VINCENT MUNIER
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VINCENT MUNIER / Sika deer group {Cervus nippon} Furen Lake, Hokkaido, Japan
Blakiston's Fish Owl {Bubo blakistoni} in snow, Washino-yado Inn, near Rausu, Hokkaido, Japan, January 2008, Endangered species - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Blakiston's Fish Owl {Bubo blakistoni} in snow, Washino-yado Inn, near Rausu, Hokkaido, Japan, January 2008, Endangered species
Blakiston's Fish Owl {Bubo blakistoni} beside water, Washino-yado Inn, near Rausu, Hokkaido, Japan, January 2008, Endangered species - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Blakiston's Fish Owl {Bubo blakistoni} beside water, Washino-yado Inn, near Rausu, Hokkaido, Japan, January 2008, Endangered species
Japanese weasel {Mustela itatsi} in burrow in snow and ice. Japan - Aflo
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Aflo / Japanese weasel {Mustela itatsi} in burrow in snow and ice. Japan
Mt. Tanigawadake in early winter, Gumma, Japan - Nature Production
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Nature Production / Mt. Tanigawadake in early winter, Gumma, Japan
Trees beside pond, Oze marsh, Japan - David Pike
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David Pike / Trees beside pond, Oze marsh, Japan
Teppo Yuri / Easter or Trumpet Lily {Lilium longiforum} growing wild, Yakushima, Kagoshima, Japan - Rob Tilley
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Rob Tilley / Teppo Yuri / Easter or Trumpet Lily {Lilium longiforum} growing wild, Yakushima, Kagoshima, Japan
Forest in Amami, view from Yui-dake, Amami, Kagoshima, Japan - Nature Production
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Nature Production / Forest in Amami, view from Yui-dake, Amami, Kagoshima, Japan
Warm-temperate ancient forest, Yaku-shima UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kagoshima Japan, June - Yukihiro Fukuda
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Yukihiro Fukuda / Warm-temperate ancient forest, Yaku-shima UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kagoshima Japan, June
Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} portrait, Nemuro Channel, Hokkaido, Japan, February - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} portrait, Nemuro Channel, Hokkaido, Japan, February
Steller's Eagles (Haliaeetus pelagicus) calling on sea ice off Rausu on Shiretoko Peninsula, Hokkaido, Japan, February - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Steller's Eagles (Haliaeetus pelagicus) calling on sea ice off Rausu on Shiretoko Peninsula, Hokkaido, Japan, February
Japanese Macaques (Macaca fuscata) grooming at the edge of thermal hotspring pool. Jigokudani Yaen-Koen National Park, Japan, February. - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Japanese Macaques (Macaca fuscata) grooming at the edge of thermal hotspring pool. Jigokudani Yaen-Koen National Park, Japan, February.
Japanese fireflies (Luciola cruciata) in flight at night, endemic species, Yaku-shima UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kagoshima,  Japan, May - Yukihiro  Fukuda
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Yukihiro Fukuda / Japanese fireflies (Luciola cruciata) in flight at night, endemic species, Yaku-shima UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kagoshima, Japan, May
Yaku-shima macaque (Macaca fuscata yakui) dominant female and baby, Yakushima UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kagoshima, Japan, September - Yukihiro Fukuda
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Yukihiro Fukuda / Yaku-shima macaque (Macaca fuscata yakui) dominant female and baby, Yakushima UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kagoshima, Japan, September
White naped crane (Grus vipio) in flight at sunrise, Kyushu, Japan - Ben  Cranke
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Ben Cranke / White naped crane (Grus vipio) in flight at sunrise, Kyushu, Japan
Red-crowned Cranes (Grus japonensis) displaying at dawn Hokkaido, Japan, February. Did you know? Red crowned cranes mate for life. - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Red-crowned Cranes (Grus japonensis) displaying at dawn Hokkaido, Japan, February. Did you know? Red crowned cranes mate for life.
White naped crane (Grus vipio) Kyushu, Japan - Ben  Cranke
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Ben Cranke / White naped crane (Grus vipio) Kyushu, Japan
Flock of Hooded Cranes (Grus monacha) Kyushu, Japan - Ben Cranke
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Ben Cranke / Flock of Hooded Cranes (Grus monacha) Kyushu, Japan
Japanese / Red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) pair displaying, calling, in snow, Tsurui, Kushiro-Shitsugen National Park, Hokkaido, Japan - Kerstin Hinze
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Kerstin Hinze / Japanese / Red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) pair displaying, calling, in snow, Tsurui, Kushiro-Shitsugen National Park, Hokkaido, Japan
Sika Deer (Cervus nippon) male in birch tree forest in winter, Utoro, Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan - Kerstin Hinze
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Kerstin Hinze / Sika Deer (Cervus nippon) male in birch tree forest in winter, Utoro, Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan
Sika deer at sunset {Cervus nippon} Furen Lake, Hokkaido, Japan - VINCENT MUNIER
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VINCENT MUNIER / Sika deer at sunset {Cervus nippon} Furen Lake, Hokkaido, Japan
Sika deer {Cervus nippon} Furen Lake, Hokkaido, Japan - VINCENT MUNIER
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VINCENT MUNIER / Sika deer {Cervus nippon} Furen Lake, Hokkaido, Japan
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) adult sitting in snow with paws stacked, Jigokudani, Japan, January - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) adult sitting in snow with paws stacked, Jigokudani, Japan, January
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) leaping across the rapids onto boulders in Hell Valley, Jigokudani Japan, February - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) leaping across the rapids onto boulders in Hell Valley, Jigokudani Japan, February
Young Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata) 'kissing' another macque in the thermal hot springs, Jigokudani, Japan, January - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Young Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata) 'kissing' another macque in the thermal hot springs, Jigokudani, Japan, January
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) positioned on the edge of the hot springs with head on rock, paw under chin, staring, Jigokudani, Japan, January - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) positioned on the edge of the hot springs with head on rock, paw under chin, staring, Jigokudani, Japan, January
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscatata) juvenile with fur puffed up hooting in alarm, Jigokudani, Nagano Prefecture, Honshu, Japan - Ben Cranke
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Ben Cranke / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscatata) juvenile with fur puffed up hooting in alarm, Jigokudani, Nagano Prefecture, Honshu, Japan
Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus) female spawning Hino River, Tottori, Japan, September. - Yukihiro Fukuda
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Yukihiro Fukuda / Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus) female spawning Hino River, Tottori, Japan, September.
Japanese giant salamanders (Andrias japonicus) males in a burrow at the time of spawning, Kurokawa River, Hyougo, Japan, September - Yukihiro Fukuda
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Yukihiro Fukuda / Japanese giant salamanders (Andrias japonicus) males in a burrow at the time of spawning, Kurokawa River, Hyougo, Japan, September
Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus) moving upstream to spawn, Japan, August - Yukihiro Fukuda
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Yukihiro Fukuda / Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus) moving upstream to spawn, Japan, August
Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) in tree, Nikko National Park, Japan, March - Vladimir Medvedev
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Vladimir Medvedev / Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) in tree, Nikko National Park, Japan, March
Northern Red fox subspecies in grass {Vulpes vulpes schrencki} Tsurui Mura Japan - David Pike
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David Pike / Northern Red fox subspecies in grass {Vulpes vulpes schrencki} Tsurui Mura Japan
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Japanese pheasant (Phasianus versicolor) male, Saitama, Japan - Nature Production
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Nature Production / Japanese pheasant (Phasianus versicolor) male, Saitama, Japan
White-tailed sea eagle {Haliaeetus albicilla} in flight, Nemuro Channel, Hokkaido, Japan, February - David Tipling
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David Tipling / White-tailed sea eagle {Haliaeetus albicilla} in flight, Nemuro Channel, Hokkaido, Japan, February
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