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When blending with the environment to evade predators isn't enough some animals use pebbles, plants and even other creatures to conceal themselves! Some of these costumed critters include sponge crabs. The crabs' shells are covered with Velcro-like hairs that help them stick seaweed, sponges, anemones, corals, and other objects to their backs. Spiders cover themselves with plant debris, caddisfly larva create pebbled outfits and assassin bugs heft around the dead bodies of their prey.
Assassin Bug (Acanthaspis petax) carrying ant carcasses on back for camouflage, Malaysia
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00588177 Assassin Bug (Acanthaspis petax) carrying ant carcasses on back for camouflage, Malaysia© Husni Che Ngah/ Biosphoto
Sponge Crab (Cryptodromia octodetata) with sponge used for camouflage, Edithburgh, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, Australia
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00586552 Sponge Crab (Cryptodromia octodetata) with sponge used for camouflage, Edithburgh, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, Australia© Gary Bell/ Oceanwide
Sea Urchin (Sterechinus neumayeri) covers itself with a Sea Cucumber (Echinopsolus acanthocola) and other objects to prevent predation by anemones, Antarctica  -  Norbert Wu
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00135027 Sea Urchin (Sterechinus neumayeri) covers itself with a Sea Cucumber (Echinopsolus acanthocola) and other objects to prevent predation by anemones, Antarctica© Norbert Wu
Decorator Crab, holding a broken piece of Sea Fan as camouflage, night, Red Sea  -  Chris Newbert
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00971109 Decorator Crab, holding a broken piece of Sea Fan as camouflage, night, Red Sea© Chris Newbert
Orb-weaver Spider (Araneidae) using debris as camouflage, Costa Rica  -  Stephen Dalton
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00452903 Orb-weaver Spider (Araneidae) using debris as camouflage, Costa Rica© Stephen Dalton
Spider Crab (Hoplophrys oatesii) camouflaged with coral, Anilao, Philippines
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00586547 Spider Crab (Hoplophrys oatesii) camouflaged with coral, Anilao, Philippines© Gary Bell/ Oceanwide
Bagworm Moth (Psychidae) caterpillar carrying camouflage material, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar
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00565928 Bagworm Moth (Psychidae) caterpillar carrying camouflage material, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar© Chien Lee
Anemone Hermit Crab (Dardanus pedunculatus) covered with sea anemones used for camouflage, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
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00586549 Anemone Hermit Crab (Dardanus pedunculatus) covered with sea anemones used for camouflage, Great Barrier Reef, Australia© Gary Bell/ Oceanwide
Bald-legged Spider (Paratropis sp) wearing a concealing cloak of dirt and algae in which tiny nematodes live, Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador  -  James Christensen
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70020697 Bald-legged Spider (Paratropis sp) wearing a concealing cloak of dirt and algae in which tiny nematodes live, Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador© James Christensen
Radiant Sea Urchin (Astropyga radiata) on Decorator Crab (Camposcia retusa), Indonesia  -  Birgitte Wilms
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00454659 Radiant Sea Urchin (Astropyga radiata) on Decorator Crab (Camposcia retusa), Indonesia© Birgitte Wilms
Sea Urchin (Sterechinus neumayeri) covers itself with algae, corals and shells to prevent predation by anemones, Antarctica, note Trematomus fish  -  Norbert Wu
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00135028 Sea Urchin (Sterechinus neumayeri) covers itself with algae, corals and shells to prevent predation by anemones, Antarctica, note Trematomus fish© Norbert Wu
Spidercrab, Majidae sp, camouflaged with Sponges, Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Reinhard Dirscherl/ FLPA
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80172954 Spidercrab, Majidae sp, camouflaged with Sponges, Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia© Reinhard Dirscherl / FLPA
Sumo Crab (Ethusa sp) carrying plastic bag, Jahir, Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Colin Marshall/ FLPA
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80020960 Sumo Crab (Ethusa sp) carrying plastic bag, Jahir, Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Colin Marshall/ FLPA
Orb-weaver Spider (Araneidae) using debris as camouflage, Costa Rica  -  Stephen Dalton
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00452904 Orb-weaver Spider (Araneidae) using debris as camouflage, Costa Rica© Stephen Dalton
Carry Crab, Dorripe frascone, holding False Fire Sea Urchin, Astropyga radiata, Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Reinhard Dirscherl/ FLPA
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80172919 Carry Crab, Dorripe frascone, holding False Fire Sea Urchin, Astropyga radiata, Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia© Reinhard Dirscherl / FLPA
Caddisfly walking underwater, Germany  -  Ingo Arndt
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00522811 Caddisfly walking underwater, Germany© Ingo Arndt
Sponge Crab (Cryptodromia sp) adult, carrying large Sea-squirt (Didemnum molle), Lembeh Island, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Colin Marshall/ FLPA
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80093349 Sponge Crab (Cryptodromia sp) adult, carrying large Sea-squirt (Didemnum molle), Lembeh Island, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Colin Marshall / FLPA
Jellyfish Carry Crab (Ethusa sp) adult, carrying Upside-down Jellyfish (Cassiopeia andromeda) with Magnificent Anemone Shrimp (Ancylomenes magnificus) on sand, Gili Lawa Darat Bay, near Komodo Island,...  -  Colin Marshall/ FLPA
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80179644 Jellyfish Carry Crab (Ethusa sp) adult, carrying Upside-down Jellyfish (Cassiopeia andromeda) with Magnificent Anemone Shrimp (Ancylomenes magnificus) on sand, Gili Lawa Darat Bay, near Komodo Island,...© Colin Marshall / FLPA
Sea Urchin (Lytechinus variegatus) covered with coral and shells to prevent predation, West Palm Beach, Florida  -  Norbert Wu
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00513276 Sea Urchin (Lytechinus variegatus) covered with coral and shells to prevent predation, West Palm Beach, Florida© Norbert Wu
Sponge Crab (Austrodromidia octodentata) wearing a Hat of Leach's Compound Ascidian (Botrylloides leachi) instead of a Sponge, South Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150701 Sponge Crab (Austrodromidia octodentata) wearing a Hat of Leach's Compound Ascidian (Botrylloides leachi) instead of a Sponge, South Australia© Fred Bavendam
Bagworm Moth (Psychidae) caterpillar carrying camouflaged material, Sungai Wain Protected Forest, East Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia
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00565871 Bagworm Moth (Psychidae) caterpillar carrying camouflaged material, Sungai Wain Protected Forest, East Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia© Chien Lee
Green Lacewing (Chrysopidae) larva with leafhopper prey  -  Stephen Dalton
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00453041 Green Lacewing (Chrysopidae) larva with leafhopper prey© Stephen Dalton
Sponge Crab (Austrodromidia octodentata) wearing a hat of blue sponge for camouflage, Edithburgh, South Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150705 Sponge Crab (Austrodromidia octodentata) wearing a hat of blue sponge for camouflage, Edithburgh, South Australia© Fred Bavendam
Anemone Hermit Crab (Dardanus pedunculatus) carries Sea Anemones on its shell for protection from predators, Bali, Indonesia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00152900 Anemone Hermit Crab (Dardanus pedunculatus) carries Sea Anemones on its shell for protection from predators, Bali, Indonesia© Fred Bavendam
Acadian Hermit Crab (Pagurus acadianus) with Snail Fur Hydroid (Hydractinia sp) growing on its shell, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301027 Acadian Hermit Crab (Pagurus acadianus) with Snail Fur Hydroid (Hydractinia sp) growing on its shell, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Hairy Sponge Crab (Dromidia antillensis) 60 feet deep, Indonesia  -  Birgitte Wilms
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00972887 Hairy Sponge Crab (Dromidia antillensis) 60 feet deep, Indonesia© Birgitte Wilms
Sponge Crab (Austrodromidia octodentata) with clear plastic over its shell instead of a sponge, Edithburgh, Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00151686 Sponge Crab (Austrodromidia octodentata) with clear plastic over its shell instead of a sponge, Edithburgh, Australia© Fred Bavendam
Long-legged Spider Crab (Macropodia sp) adult, covered with algae for camouflage, on sandy seabed, Studland Bay, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England, September  -  Steve Trewhella/ FLPA
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80163145 Long-legged Spider Crab (Macropodia sp) adult, covered with algae for camouflage, on sandy seabed, Studland Bay, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England, September© Steve Trewhella / FLPA
Decorator Crab (Cyclocoeloma tuberculata) adult, with corals on shell, Farondi Island, Raja Ampat Islands (Four Kings), West Papua, New Guinea, Indonesia  -  Colin Marshall/ FLPA
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80149718 Decorator Crab (Cyclocoeloma tuberculata) adult, with corals on shell, Farondi Island, Raja Ampat Islands (Four Kings), West Papua, New Guinea, Indonesia© Colin Marshall / FLPA
Anemone Hermit Crab (Dardanus pedunculatus) covered with anemones to protect it from predators, Shizuoka, Japan  -  Noriaki Yamamoto/ Nature Product
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00406514 Anemone Hermit Crab (Dardanus pedunculatus) covered with anemones to protect it from predators, Shizuoka, Japan© Noriaki Yamamoto/ Nature Production
Sponge Crab (Dromidiopsis sp) with sponge used for protection, Anilao, Philippines
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00586546 Sponge Crab (Dromidiopsis sp) with sponge used for protection, Anilao, Philippines© Gary Bell/ Oceanwide
Fringed Sponge Crab (Dromidiopsis globosa) wearing a hat of a large Solitary Ascidian, Edithburgh, South Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150699 Fringed Sponge Crab (Dromidiopsis globosa) wearing a hat of a large Solitary Ascidian, Edithburgh, South Australia© Fred Bavendam
Sponge Crab (Austrodromidia octodentata) wearing a hat of yellow sponge for camouflage, Edithburgh, South Australia, Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150704 Sponge Crab (Austrodromidia octodentata) wearing a hat of yellow sponge for camouflage, Edithburgh, South Australia, Australia© Fred Bavendam
Spider Crab (Cyclocoeloma tuberculata) camouflaged with sea anemones, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
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00566563 Spider Crab (Cyclocoeloma tuberculata) camouflaged with sea anemones, Raja Ampat, Indonesia© Fabien Michenet/ Biosphoto
Spider Crab (Schizophrys dama) covers itself with sponges and hydroids to camouflage itself, Borneo  -  Norbert Wu
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00136146 Spider Crab (Schizophrys dama) covers itself with sponges and hydroids to camouflage itself, Borneo© Norbert Wu
Spider Crab (Majidae) attaches pieces of algae to shell to provide camouflage, Edithburgh, Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00151694 Spider Crab (Majidae) attaches pieces of algae to shell to provide camouflage, Edithburgh, Australia© Fred Bavendam
Decorator Crab (Camposcia retusa) covers itself with sponges and other living organisms as camouflage, Papua New Guinea  -  Birgitte Wilms
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00972392 Decorator Crab (Camposcia retusa) covers itself with sponges and other living organisms as camouflage, Papua New Guinea© Birgitte Wilms
Spider Crab (Majidae) covered in Sponges, on Halimeda Algae (Halimeda macroloba) 60 feet deep, Papua New Guinea  -  Chris Newbert
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00972653 Spider Crab (Majidae) covered in Sponges, on Halimeda Algae (Halimeda macroloba) 60 feet deep, Papua New Guinea© Chris Newbert
Spider Crab (Cyclocoeloma tuberculata) camouflaged, 60 feet deep, Papua New Guinea  -  Chris Newbert
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00972767 Spider Crab (Cyclocoeloma tuberculata) camouflaged, 60 feet deep, Papua New Guinea© Chris Newbert
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