Apr 5

Think you know your leopard print from your tiger print? There is a wonderful array of colourful coats in nature; from spotty to striped, iridescent to black and white.

For our next challenge: Can you zoom out and name the species behind these very close up photographs? Click on the image to find out the answers – and good luck!

1. Rather than an unwanted sign of aging, wrinkles aid heat-regulation for this thick skinned mammal.

Photo of wrinkled skin

2. Such a bold and colourful coat, yet these African antelopes are usually shy and reclusive.

Photo of striped fur

3. Next a superbly adapted aquatic predator that you would not want to mess with!

Skin detail

4. According to the popular saying, this species cannot change its spots. Know the answer? Find out why.

Photo of spotted fur pattern

5. Black skin, thick white fur. A big help to surviving in cold, icy environments

Photo of fur and skin

6. Forget Joseph and his coat of many colours, this feathery coating is much more vibrant!

Photo of plumage close up

7. All those thorns make this species look quite devilish!

Photo of skin close up

8. Armour-like skin provides a good defence against hungry predators!

Photo of skin

Let us know how you get on – and watch this space for round two!

Lauren Pascoe, ARKive Media Researcher

  • Joshua Caraballo (April 6th, 2011 at 7:52 pm):

    1. Elephant
    2. Bongo
    3. Crocodile (not sure what type)
    4. Leopard
    5. Polar Bear
    6. Oscillated Turkey
    7. Thorny Devil
    8. Nine-banded Armadillo

  • logan olsen (April 21st, 2011 at 3:57 pm):

    1. afercan elaphint 2. bongo 3. saltwater crocadile