Animals can be incredible masters of disguise. The adaptation of species to avoid detection by predators or prey can trick even the best of us. Luckily these photographers know what to look for!
Do you think you have a keen eye for detail? Are your ‘Where’s Wally’ skills top notch? Then try our next ARKive challenge: can you spot the well camouflaged animals in these photographs?
1. A difficult one to start: Fan coral proves a good hide out for this pygmy seahorse.
2. Mottled brown is an excellent camouflage-colour scheme for this nesting female pheasant.
3. Unable to move or defend, blending into the stony surroundings is vital to avoid hungry eyes from above!
4. Is this just another immobile leaf? Or is it a pipefish?
5. This mammal had to change coat colour to pull off this seasonal concealment.
6. Satanic leaf-tailed gecko. Camouflaged against bark. Cunning.
7. Orbicular batfish juveniles play dead(-leaves) rather well!
8. Easily lost in the leaf litter – can you spot the brown chameleon in this photograph?
Did any of these species evade your eagle eyes? Let us know if you need any help!
Lauren Pascoe, ARKive Media Researcher