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See-through salps, glassy butterfly wings and transparent frogs with visible digestive tracks are included in this gallery of unusual creatures. For marine animals their transparency helps them elude predators as they become invisible in the water while land creatures, like frogs and insects, blend better with their backgrounds helping them hide. This adaptation is CLEARLY about survival and avoiding becoming dinner! Click on any image to see a larger selection of photographs.
Glasswing (Greta oto) butterfly, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands  -  Wahrmut Sobainsky/ NiS
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70026933 Glasswing (Greta oto) butterfly, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands© Wahrmut Sobainsky/ NiS
Narcomedusae (Aegina sp) with numerous parasitic amphipods within bell, Arctic  -  Norbert Wu
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00135095 Narcomedusae (Aegina sp) with numerous parasitic amphipods within bell, Arctic© Norbert Wu
Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachium aureoguttatum) underside showing internal organs, native to South America  -  Pete Oxford
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00556014 Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachium aureoguttatum) underside showing internal organs, native to South America© Pete Oxford
Crystal Jellyfish (Aequorea aequorea) in aquarium, Japan  -  Hiroya Minakuchi
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00442948 Crystal Jellyfish (Aequorea aequorea) in aquarium, Japan© Hiroya Minakuchi
Ctenophore (Beroe forskalii), Nine Mile Bank, San Diego, California  -  Richard Herrmann
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00445264 Ctenophore (Beroe forskalii), Nine Mile Bank, San Diego, California© Richard Herrmann
Shrimp (Periclimenes sp) in anemone, Indonesia  -  Hans Leijnse/ NiS
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70000201 Shrimp (Periclimenes sp) in anemone, Indonesia© Hans Leijnse/ NiS
Comb Jelly (Leucothea pulchra), San Diego, California  -  Richard Herrmann
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00445267 Comb Jelly (Leucothea pulchra), San Diego, California© Richard Herrmann
Small Flounder on hand, Trindade Island, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790106 Small Flounder on hand, Trindade Island, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Pink-tipped Clearwing Satyr (Cithaerias pireta) butterfly, Mindo, western slope of Andes, Ecuador  -  James Christensen
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00477817 Pink-tipped Clearwing Satyr (Cithaerias pireta) butterfly, Mindo, western slope of Andes, Ecuador© James Christensen
Scape Moth (Ctenuchidae), Cartago, Costa Rica  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00478749 Scape Moth (Ctenuchidae), Cartago, Costa Rica© Piotr Naskrecki
Rain Frog (Eleutherodactylus sp) eggs, froglets about to emerge, complete metamorphosis in egg, Costa Rica  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00510020 Rain Frog (Eleutherodactylus sp) eggs, froglets about to emerge, complete metamorphosis in egg, Costa Rica© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Hypaesia Satyr (Pseudohaetyera hypaesia) butterfly, Guacharo Cave National Park, Colombia
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00569455 Hypaesia Satyr (Pseudohaetyera hypaesia) butterfly, Guacharo Cave National Park, Colombia© Thomas Marent
Green Lacewing (Domenechus mirificus), Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve, Costa Rica
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00572214 Green Lacewing (Domenechus mirificus), Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve, Costa Rica© Paul Bertner
Jellyfish (Leuckartiara sp), Weddell Sea, Antarctica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00762188 Jellyfish (Leuckartiara sp), Weddell Sea, Antarctica© Ingo Arndt
Hydromedusae (Calycopsis borchgrewinki) with extended tentacles, Weddell Sea, Antarctica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00762191 Hydromedusae (Calycopsis borchgrewinki) with extended tentacles, Weddell Sea, Antarctica© Ingo Arndt
Polychaete (Tomopteris sp) showing parapodia, paddle-like structures, Weddell Sea, Antarctica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00762211 Polychaete (Tomopteris sp) showing parapodia, paddle-like structures, Weddell Sea, Antarctica© Ingo Arndt
Sea Gooseberry (Pleurobrachia pileus) one centimeter, Helgoland, Germany  -  Ingo Arndt
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00762437 Sea Gooseberry (Pleurobrachia pileus) one centimeter, Helgoland, Germany© Ingo Arndt
Shy Emerald Damselfly (Lestes barbarus), Wehrheim, Hessen, Germany  -  Wahrmut Sobainsky/ NiS
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70026919 Shy Emerald Damselfly (Lestes barbarus), Wehrheim, Hessen, Germany© Wahrmut Sobainsky/ NiS
Indian Glassfish (Parambassis ranga) 'Disco Fish' injected with coloured dye, adults, group swimming, in aquarium  -  Gerard Lacz/ FLPA
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80118551 Indian Glassfish (Parambassis ranga) 'Disco Fish' injected with coloured dye, adults, group swimming, in aquarium© Gerard Lacz / FLPA
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs almost ready to hatch after two weeks incubation in the warm sands of Cape Anne, Massachusetts  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150726 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs almost ready to hatch after two weeks incubation in the warm sands of Cape Anne, Massachusetts© Fred Bavendam
Nymphalid Butterfly (Cithaerias sp) on leaf, Amazon rainforest, Peru  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00511021 Nymphalid Butterfly (Cithaerias sp) on leaf, Amazon rainforest, Peru© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Nymphalid Butterfly (Pteronymia sp) at Coral Tree (Erythrina sp) flowers, cloud forest, Costa Rica  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00511016 Nymphalid Butterfly (Pteronymia sp) at Coral Tree (Erythrina sp) flowers, cloud forest, Costa Rica© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Plantation Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachiumcolymbiphyllum) is nearly transparent including the bones, only digestive tract is visible, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00760030 Plantation Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachiumcolymbiphyllum) is nearly transparent including the bones, only digestive tract is visible, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Antarctic Krill (Euphausia superba) group, a small shrimp-like crustacean is the most important zooplankton in the Antarctic food web, Antarctica  -  Flip Nicklin
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00082793 Antarctic Krill (Euphausia superba) group, a small shrimp-like crustacean is the most important zooplankton in the Antarctic food web, Antarctica© Flip Nicklin
Salp (Salpidae), San Diego, California  -  Richard Herrmann
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00445274 Salp (Salpidae), San Diego, California© Richard Herrmann
Naked Sea Butterfly (Clione limacina) portrait, Weddell Sea, Antarctica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00762183 Naked Sea Butterfly (Clione limacina) portrait, Weddell Sea, Antarctica© Ingo Arndt
Hydromedusae (Calycopsis borchgrewinki) with extended tentacles, Weddell Sea, Antarctica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00762190 Hydromedusae (Calycopsis borchgrewinki) with extended tentacles, Weddell Sea, Antarctica© Ingo Arndt
Glasswing Butterfly (Ithomania sp), Tingomaria, Peru  -  Thomas Marent
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00785375 Glasswing Butterfly (Ithomania sp), Tingomaria, Peru© Thomas Marent
Octopus (Octopus sp) baby swimming through water column  -  Flip Nicklin
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00095096 Octopus (Octopus sp) baby swimming through water column© Flip Nicklin
Clear-winged Tiger Moth (Cosmosoma sp), Tapanti National Park, Cartago, Costa Rica  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00478759 Clear-winged Tiger Moth (Cosmosoma sp), Tapanti National Park, Cartago, Costa Rica© Piotr Naskrecki
Crystal Jellyfish (Aequorea aequorea), North Pacific Ocean  -  Hiroya Minakuchi
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00270128 Crystal Jellyfish (Aequorea aequorea), North Pacific Ocean© Hiroya Minakuchi
Kentucky Cave Shrimp (Palaemonias ganteri), Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
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00562938 Kentucky Cave Shrimp (Palaemonias ganteri), Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky© Michael Durham
Jellyfish (Spirocodon saltator), Japan
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00558349 Jellyfish (Spirocodon saltator), Japan© Hiroya Minakuchi
Constricted Jellyfish (Catablema vesicarium), Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00301107 Constricted Jellyfish (Catablema vesicarium), Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Glass Catfish (Kryptopterus bicirrhis) in aquarium  -  Hans Leijnse/ NiS
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70013757 Glass Catfish (Kryptopterus bicirrhis) in aquarium© Hans Leijnse/ NiS
Octopus (Octopus sp) portrait, underwater, Kona, Hawaii  -  Chris Newbert
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00971117 Octopus (Octopus sp) portrait, underwater, Kona, Hawaii© Chris Newbert
Leaf Scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus) larval stage, one inch long, Hawaii  -  Chris Newbert
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00971388 Leaf Scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus) larval stage, one inch long, Hawaii© Chris Newbert
Cowfish (Lactoria diaphanus) juvenile pelagic stage, night, Kona, Hawaii  -  Chris Newbert
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00971112 Cowfish (Lactoria diaphanus) juvenile pelagic stage, night, Kona, Hawaii© Chris Newbert
Planthopper (Ricaniidae), Muller Range, Papua New Guinea  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00479115 Planthopper (Ricaniidae), Muller Range, Papua New Guinea© Piotr Naskrecki
Comb Jelly (Mertensia ovum) tentacles splayed to catch prey, Arctic  -  Norbert Wu
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00135089 Comb Jelly (Mertensia ovum) tentacles splayed to catch prey, Arctic© Norbert Wu
Larval Flounder of unknown species is translucent when young, Hawaii  -  Chris Newbert
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00971397 Larval Flounder of unknown species is translucent when young, Hawaii© Chris Newbert
Shrimp in larval stage, on unidentified Jellyfish, Hawaii  -  Chris Newbert
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00971389 Shrimp in larval stage, on unidentified Jellyfish, Hawaii© Chris Newbert
Blackfin Icefish (Chaenocephalus aceratus) juvenile, Antarctica  -  Flip Nicklin
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00082678 Blackfin Icefish (Chaenocephalus aceratus) juvenile, Antarctica© Flip Nicklin
Tunicate (Rhopalaea crassa), Papua New Guinea  -  Franco Banfi/ Biosphoto
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00495420 Tunicate (Rhopalaea crassa), Papua New Guinea© Franco Banfi/ Biosphoto
Tunicate (Megalodicopia hians) predatory deep sea species, Monterey, California  -  Norbert Wu
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00135278 Tunicate (Megalodicopia hians) predatory deep sea species, Monterey, California© Norbert Wu
Common Frog (Rana temporaria) tadpole, Switzerland  -  Thomas Marent
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00449899 Common Frog (Rana temporaria) tadpole, Switzerland© Thomas Marent
Fool's Gold Beetle (Aspidomorpha miliaris) protecting itself by withdrawing head and legs under shield, Canyon Reserve, Sumatra, Indonesia  -  Thomas Marent
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00785322 Fool's Gold Beetle (Aspidomorpha miliaris) protecting itself by withdrawing head and legs under shield, Canyon Reserve, Sumatra, Indonesia© Thomas Marent
Jellyfish larva, Weddell Sea, Antarctica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00762192 Jellyfish larva, Weddell Sea, Antarctica© Ingo Arndt
Glassy Nautilus (Carinaria cristata), San Diego, California  -  Richard Herrmann
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00445268 Glassy Nautilus (Carinaria cristata), San Diego, California© Richard Herrmann
Sea Gooseberry (Pleurobrachia pileus) comb jelly, Grevelingen, Netherlands
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00562194 Sea Gooseberry (Pleurobrachia pileus) comb jelly, Grevelingen, Netherlands© Ron Offermans/ Buiten-beeld
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