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Oriental Flying Gurnard (Dactyloptena orientalis) with pectoral fins extended in defense posture, Anilao, Philippines
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00597135 Oriental Flying Gurnard (Dactyloptena orientalis) with pectoral fins extended in defense posture, Anilao, Philippines© Gary Bell/ Oceanwide
Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) worker on leaf protecting larger workers carrying leaf from parasitoid flies, Costa Rica  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00476944 Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) worker on leaf protecting larger workers carrying leaf from parasitoid flies, Costa Rica© Piotr Naskrecki
Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla) with mouth open in defense display, Caatinga ecosystem, Brazil  -  Claus Meyer
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00300011 Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla) with mouth open in defense display, Caatinga ecosystem, Brazil© Claus Meyer
Spiked Spider (Gasteracantha sp) their abdomen, or opisthosoma, is heavily sclerotized and armed with hard spines possibly to protect against birds and lizards, Solomon Islands  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298206 Spiked Spider (Gasteracantha sp) their abdomen, or opisthosoma, is heavily sclerotized and armed with hard spines possibly to protect against birds and lizards, Solomon Islands© Piotr Naskrecki
Yellow Armadillo (Euphractus sexcinctus) walking beneath a cactus, Caatinga habitat, South America  -  Pete Oxford
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00216813 Yellow Armadillo (Euphractus sexcinctus) walking beneath a cactus, Caatinga habitat, South America© Pete Oxford
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) squirting ink in defense as it jets away, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153061 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) squirting ink in defense as it jets away, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Leopard Sea Cucumber (Bohadschia argus) ejects a mass of long white sticky cuvierian tubules as a defense when disturbed, Manado, Indonesia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00151878 Leopard Sea Cucumber (Bohadschia argus) ejects a mass of long white sticky cuvierian tubules as a defense when disturbed, Manado, Indonesia© Fred Bavendam
Porcupinefish (Diodon nicthemerus) swallows water to puff itself up and points its spines outward as a defense against predators, South Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00151495 Porcupinefish (Diodon nicthemerus) swallows water to puff itself up and points its spines outward as a defense against predators, South Australia© Fred Bavendam
Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) on sand, Australia  -  Mitsuaki Iwago
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00125009 Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) on sand, Australia© Mitsuaki Iwago
Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) mouth defense displaying, South Africa  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00093776 Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) mouth defense displaying, South Africa© Jim Brandenburg
Long-spine Porcupinefish (Diodon holocanthus) in defense posture, North America  -  Flip Nicklin
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00081888 Long-spine Porcupinefish (Diodon holocanthus) in defense posture, North America© Flip Nicklin
Sawfly (Craesus septentrionalis) four larvae on leaf in defense posture, Europe  -  Jef Meul/ NIS
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00277643 Sawfly (Craesus septentrionalis) four larvae on leaf in defense posture, Europe© Jef Meul/ NIS
Octopus (Octopus sp) mother brooding eggs in an empty beer bottle, spraying cloud of ink as defense, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Norbert Wu
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00977188 Octopus (Octopus sp) mother brooding eggs in an empty beer bottle, spraying cloud of ink as defense, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Norbert Wu
Parrotfish (Sparisoma vetula) sleeps in mucus bubble for defense, Caribbean Sea, Bonaire Island, Netherlands Antilles  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790112 Parrotfish (Sparisoma vetula) sleeps in mucus bubble for defense, Caribbean Sea, Bonaire Island, Netherlands Antilles© Luciano Candisani
Palm (Plectocomia sp) trunk with spines used for defense, Daintree National Park, Queensland, Australia  -  Thomas Marent
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00785391 Palm (Plectocomia sp) trunk with spines used for defense, Daintree National Park, Queensland, Australia© Thomas Marent
Hairy Mary (Calamus australis) stem covered by sharp spines used for defense, Daintree National Park, Queensland, Australia  -  Thomas Marent
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00785390 Hairy Mary (Calamus australis) stem covered by sharp spines used for defense, Daintree National Park, Queensland, Australia© Thomas Marent
Lubber Grasshopper (Tropidacris sp) leg, showing spines used as defense, Peru  -  Thomas Marent
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00785001 Lubber Grasshopper (Tropidacris sp) leg, showing spines used as defense, Peru© Thomas Marent
Brown-breasted Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) rolled into ball as defense  -  Stephen Dalton
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00770361 Brown-breasted Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) rolled into ball as defense© Stephen Dalton
Leaf Insect (Bioculatum cifolium) camouflaged for defense, Java  -  Stephen Dalton
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00770339 Leaf Insect (Bioculatum cifolium) camouflaged for defense, Java© Stephen Dalton
Antarctic Fur Seal (Arctocephalus gazella) large bull vocalizing in defense of territory, Grytviken, South Georgia  -  Suzi Eszterhas
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00761755 Antarctic Fur Seal (Arctocephalus gazella) large bull vocalizing in defense of territory, Grytviken, South Georgia© Suzi Eszterhas
Dead-leaf Mantid (Deroplatys lobata) in defense posture, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00750992 Dead-leaf Mantid (Deroplatys lobata) in defense posture, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Leafcutter Ant (Atta sp) with their jaws full, ants carrying leaves must rely on others for defense against attack, a smaller ants ride on the leaf driving away attackers, Salto Morato Reserve, Atlant...  -  Mark Moffett
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00750630 Leafcutter Ant (Atta sp) with their jaws full, ants carrying leaves must rely on others for defense against attack, a smaller ants ride on the leaf driving away attackers, Salto Morato Reserve, Atlant...© Mark Moffett
Caterpillar that lays down batteries of toxic hairs in rings for defense poison before pupating, Rio Momon, Peru  -  Mark Moffett
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00750050 Caterpillar that lays down batteries of toxic hairs in rings for defense poison before pupating, Rio Momon, Peru© Mark Moffett
Caterpillar in defense posture, Belize  -  Mark Moffett
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00750047 Caterpillar in defense posture, Belize© Mark Moffett
Oriental Flying Gurnard (Dactyloptena orientalis) with pectoral fins extended in defense posture, Anilao, Philippines
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00597136 Oriental Flying Gurnard (Dactyloptena orientalis) with pectoral fins extended in defense posture, Anilao, Philippines© Gary Bell/ Oceanwide
Octopus Tree (Didierea trollii) in spiny forest, Amboasary, Madagascar
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00565913 Octopus Tree (Didierea trollii) in spiny forest, Amboasary, Madagascar© Chien Lee
Silk Floss Tree (Ceiba speciosa) with sharp spines on trunk, California
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00559248 Silk Floss Tree (Ceiba speciosa) with sharp spines on trunk, California© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) pair killed by resin, Colorado
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00558878 Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) pair killed by resin, Colorado© Jeff Foott
Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta) tree with pheromone packet to deter an attack from Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae), Colorado
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00558842 Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta) tree with pheromone packet to deter an attack from Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae), Colorado© Jeff Foott
Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta) pitch tubes, showing where Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) attacked tree, and tree tried to pitch it out, Colorado
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00558820 Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta) pitch tubes, showing where Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) attacked tree, and tree tried to pitch it out, Colorado© Jeff Foott
Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) successfully 'pitched out' by tree defense, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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00558773 Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) successfully 'pitched out' by tree defense, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming© Jeff Foott
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) trying to eat spiny Caloncoba (Caloncoba welwitschii) fruit, Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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00554549 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) trying to eat spiny Caloncoba (Caloncoba welwitschii) fruit, Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Thomas Marent
Tree with spikes in lowland rainforest, Panguana Nature Reserve, Peru  -  Konrad Wothe
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00551029 Tree with spikes in lowland rainforest, Panguana Nature Reserve, Peru© Konrad Wothe
Tree with spikes in lowland rainforest, Panguana Nature Reserve, Peru  -  Konrad Wothe
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00551024 Tree with spikes in lowland rainforest, Panguana Nature Reserve, Peru© Konrad Wothe
Blanford's Pipe Snake (Cylindrophis lineatus) raising its tail which is thickened and colored to appear as a head in a defense posture, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00541854 Blanford's Pipe Snake (Cylindrophis lineatus) raising its tail which is thickened and colored to appear as a head in a defense posture, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Blanford's Pipe Snake (Cylindrophis lineatus) raising its tail which is thickened and colored to appear as a head in a defense posture, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00541853 Blanford's Pipe Snake (Cylindrophis lineatus) raising its tail which is thickened and colored to appear as a head in a defense posture, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) with hairs modified into spines for protection, Tasmania, Australia  -  D. Parer & E. Parer-Cook
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00535913 Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) with hairs modified into spines for protection, Tasmania, Australia© D. Parer & E. Parer-Cook
Red Wood Ant (Formica rufa) colony squirting acid, Bavaria, Germany  -  Konrad Wothe
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00517655 Red Wood Ant (Formica rufa) colony squirting acid, Bavaria, Germany© Konrad Wothe
Crested Porcupine (Hystrix cristata) in defensive posture, Krefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00517627 Crested Porcupine (Hystrix cristata) in defensive posture, Krefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Western Hog-nosed Snake (Heterodon nasicus) defense display, North America  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00510408 Western Hog-nosed Snake (Heterodon nasicus) defense display, North America© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Katydid (Moncheca sp), newly discovered species, with red gland that shoots chemicals as a defense mechanism, Suriname  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00498605 Katydid (Moncheca sp), newly discovered species, with red gland that shoots chemicals as a defense mechanism, Suriname© Piotr Naskrecki
Saturniid Moth (Saturniidae) flashing eyespots in defense, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00482273 Saturniid Moth (Saturniidae) flashing eyespots in defense, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Moth (Automeris sp) flashing eyespots in defense, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00482271 Moth (Automeris sp) flashing eyespots in defense, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Yellow Prickle (Zanthoxylum monophyllum) with spikes on trunk in lowland rainforest, Los Haitises National Park, Dominican Republic  -  Kevin Schafer
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00480919 Yellow Prickle (Zanthoxylum monophyllum) with spikes on trunk in lowland rainforest, Los Haitises National Park, Dominican Republic© Kevin Schafer
Comb Footed Spider (Theridiidae) with Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) prey in midair, where other ants cannot come to its defense, Daintree, Queensland, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479831 Comb Footed Spider (Theridiidae) with Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) prey in midair, where other ants cannot come to its defense, Daintree, Queensland, Australia© Mark Moffett
Katydid (Mossula sp), newly discovered species, kicking legs to protect itself, Papua New Guinea  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00477062 Katydid (Mossula sp), newly discovered species, kicking legs to protect itself, Papua New Guinea© Piotr Naskrecki
Cycad (Cycas sp) leaves with defensive spikes, South Africa  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00476893 Cycad (Cycas sp) leaves with defensive spikes, South Africa© Piotr Naskrecki
Ball Cockroach (Perisphaerus sp) emerging from rolled up defensive posture, Papua New Guinea. Sequence 4 of 4  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00476876 Ball Cockroach (Perisphaerus sp) emerging from rolled up defensive posture, Papua New Guinea. Sequence 4 of 4© Piotr Naskrecki
Ball Cockroach (Perisphaerus sp) emerging from rolled up defensive posture, Papua New Guinea. Sequence 3 of 4  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00476875 Ball Cockroach (Perisphaerus sp) emerging from rolled up defensive posture, Papua New Guinea. Sequence 3 of 4© Piotr Naskrecki
Ball Cockroach (Perisphaerus sp) rolled up in defensive posture, Papua New Guinea. Sequence 2 of 4  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00476874 Ball Cockroach (Perisphaerus sp) rolled up in defensive posture, Papua New Guinea. Sequence 2 of 4© Piotr Naskrecki
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