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Close up of Porcupine quills (Hystricidae) captive  -  Juan Carlos Munoz/ npl
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90672601 Close up of Porcupine quills (Hystricidae) captive© Juan Carlos Munoz / NPL
Dartford warbler (Sylvia undata) perched on Bramble. Suffolk, England, UK. March.
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90851776 Dartford warbler (Sylvia undata) perched on Bramble. Suffolk, England, UK. March.©
Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus), close up of spines. Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Tasmania, Australia. Captive.
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90844121 Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus), close up of spines. Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Tasmania, Australia. Captive.©
Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) feeding, licking food from rock. Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Tasmania, Australia. Captive.
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90844120 Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) feeding, licking food from rock. Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Tasmania, Australia. Captive.©
Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus). Kangaroo Island, South Australia.
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90844116 Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus). Kangaroo Island, South Australia.©
Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus). Kangaroo Island, South Australia.
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90844113 Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus). Kangaroo Island, South Australia.©
Thorny devil (Moloch horridus). Francois Peron National Park, Shark Bay, Western Australia. October.
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90840114 Thorny devil (Moloch horridus). Francois Peron National Park, Shark Bay, Western Australia. October.© Bert Willaert
Thorny devil (Moloch horridus). Francois Peron National Park, Shark Bay, Western Australia. October.
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90840113 Thorny devil (Moloch horridus). Francois Peron National Park, Shark Bay, Western Australia. October.© Bert Willaert
Thorny devil (Moloch horridus). Francois Peron National Park, Shark Bay, Western Australia. October.
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90840112 Thorny devil (Moloch horridus). Francois Peron National Park, Shark Bay, Western Australia. October.© Bert Willaert
Thorny devil (Moloch horridus) on sand. Francois Peron National Park, Shark Bay, Western Australia. October.
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90840111 Thorny devil (Moloch horridus) on sand. Francois Peron National Park, Shark Bay, Western Australia. October.© Bert Willaert
Kangaroo Island echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus multiaculeatus) walking on ground. Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia. January.
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90839795 Kangaroo Island echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus multiaculeatus) walking on ground. Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia. January.© Doug Gimesy
Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus acanthion) curled up, Wheatbelt Region, Western Australia - April.
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90837500 Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus acanthion) curled up, Wheatbelt Region, Western Australia - April.© Marie Lochman
Quillback rockfish (Sebastes maliger) with venomous dorsal fin spines raised. Basket Bay, Alaska, USA. August.
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90837254 Quillback rockfish (Sebastes maliger) with venomous dorsal fin spines raised. Basket Bay, Alaska, USA. August.© David Hall
Philippine porcupine (Hystrix pumila), Philippines. Vulnerable species
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90836917 Philippine porcupine (Hystrix pumila), Philippines. Vulnerable species© Dario Novellino
Dark red spined brittlestar (Ophiothrix purpurea) on Coral. Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
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90832078 Dark red spined brittlestar (Ophiothrix purpurea) on Coral. Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.© Georgette Douwma
Soft coral crab (Hoplophrys oatesii) on Soft coral (Alcyonacea). Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
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90832052 Soft coral crab (Hoplophrys oatesii) on Soft coral (Alcyonacea). Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.© Georgette Douwma
Soft coral crab (Hoplophrys oatesii) on Soft coral (Alcyonacea). Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
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90832051 Soft coral crab (Hoplophrys oatesii) on Soft coral (Alcyonacea). Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.© Georgette Douwma
Rabbitfish / Ratfish / Ghost shark (Chimaera monstrosa) photographed at night, Trondheim Fjord, Norway. Minimum fees apply.
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90831230 Rabbitfish / Ratfish / Ghost shark (Chimaera monstrosa) photographed at night, Trondheim Fjord, Norway. Minimum fees apply.© Magnus Lundgren
African pompano (Alectis ciliaris) juvenile photographed at night, Balayan Bay, Luzon,Philippines. The extra-long filamentous fins can help deter predators by imitating the deadly tentacles of jellyfi...
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90831218 African pompano (Alectis ciliaris) juvenile photographed at night, Balayan Bay, Luzon,Philippines. The extra-long filamentous fins can help deter predators by imitating the deadly tentacles of jellyfi...© Magnus Lundgren
Purple sea urchin (Sphaerechinus granularis). Tenerife, Canary Islands.
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90822920 Purple sea urchin (Sphaerechinus granularis). Tenerife, Canary Islands.© Sergio Hanquet
Purple sea urchin (Sphaerechinus granularis), three of different colours. Tenerife, Canary Islands.
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90822919 Purple sea urchin (Sphaerechinus granularis), three of different colours. Tenerife, Canary Islands.© Sergio Hanquet
Purple sea urchin (Sphaerechinus granularis) mouth and spines, close up. Tenerife, Canary Islands.
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90822918 Purple sea urchin (Sphaerechinus granularis) mouth and spines, close up. Tenerife, Canary Islands.© Sergio Hanquet
Purple sea urchins (Sphaerechinus granularis), high numbers may be related reproduction cycle. Tenerife, Canary Islands.
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90822916 Purple sea urchins (Sphaerechinus granularis), high numbers may be related reproduction cycle. Tenerife, Canary Islands.© Sergio Hanquet
Purple sea urchin (Sphaerechinus granularis). Tenerife, Canary Islands.
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90822914 Purple sea urchin (Sphaerechinus granularis). Tenerife, Canary Islands.© Sergio Hanquet
Purple sea urchin (Sphaerechinus granularis). Tenerife, Canary Islands.
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90822913 Purple sea urchin (Sphaerechinus granularis). Tenerife, Canary Islands.© Sergio Hanquet
Indian crested porcupine (Hystrix indica) foraging at night. Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India. Camera trap image.
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90821560 Indian crested porcupine (Hystrix indica) foraging at night. Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India. Camera trap image.© Yashpal Rathore
Indian crested porcupine (Hystrix indica) foraging at night. Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India. Camera trap image.
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90821546 Indian crested porcupine (Hystrix indica) foraging at night. Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India. Camera trap image.© Yashpal Rathore
Peacock butterfly (Inachis io) last instar caterpillar feeding on Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) food plant.
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90818903 Peacock butterfly (Inachis io) last instar caterpillar feeding on Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) food plant.© Nigel Cattlin
Bush cricket or katydid (Tettigoniidae) with spines, camouflaged amongst moss. Forest interior of mid-altitude montane rainforest, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru.
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90798842 Bush cricket or katydid (Tettigoniidae) with spines, camouflaged amongst moss. Forest interior of mid-altitude montane rainforest, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru.© Nick Garbutt
Crown of Thorns seastar (Acanthaster planci) detail, Espiritu Santo National Park, Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California), Mexico, February
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90798597 Crown of Thorns seastar (Acanthaster planci) detail, Espiritu Santo National Park, Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California), Mexico, February© Claudio Contreras
Long-spined sea urchin (Diadema setosum) showing hollow spines that are mildly venomous. Po Bin Chau, Sai Kung archipelago, Hong Kong, China.
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90796927 Long-spined sea urchin (Diadema setosum) showing hollow spines that are mildly venomous. Po Bin Chau, Sai Kung archipelago, Hong Kong, China.© Magnus Lungren / Wild Wonders of China
Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) Australia.
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90792480 Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) Australia.© Ernie Janes
Indian crested porcupine (Hystrix indica) close up of quill pattern, captive.
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90792397 Indian crested porcupine (Hystrix indica) close up of quill pattern, captive.© Ernie Janes
Indian crested porcupine (Hystrix indica) close up of quill pattern, captive.
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90792396 Indian crested porcupine (Hystrix indica) close up of quill pattern, captive.© Ernie Janes
Spotfin lionfish (Pterois antennata) portrait, Cabilao House Reef, Cabilao Island, Bohol, Central Visayas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean.
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90786100 Spotfin lionfish (Pterois antennata) portrait, Cabilao House Reef, Cabilao Island, Bohol, Central Visayas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean.© Franco Banfi
Hedgehog tick (Ixodes hexagonus) removal from a Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) with tweezers, Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK, August 2017. Model released.
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90786037 Hedgehog tick (Ixodes hexagonus) removal from a Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) with tweezers, Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK, August 2017. Model released.© Nick Upton
Fortification, moat and stakes around habitation in Tari Valley, Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea
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90784044 Fortification, moat and stakes around habitation in Tari Valley, Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea© David Tipling
North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum), in defensive posture with erect quills. Vermont, USA. (Habituated rescued individual returned to the wild)
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90783084 North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum), in defensive posture with erect quills. Vermont, USA. (Habituated rescued individual returned to the wild)© Paul Williams
Longspine urchins (Diadema setosum) Cebu, Malapascua Island, Philippines, September
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90749279 Longspine urchins (Diadema setosum) Cebu, Malapascua Island, Philippines, September© Georgette Douwma
Rothschild's tree porcupine (Coendou cf. rothschildi) a rarely seen arboreal porcupine with prehensile tail. Mindo Cloud Forest, Western slopes, Andes, Ecuador.
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90731746 Rothschild's tree porcupine (Coendou cf. rothschildi) a rarely seen arboreal porcupine with prehensile tail. Mindo Cloud Forest, Western slopes, Andes, Ecuador.© Pete Oxford
Urchin (Echinothrix calamaris) Indonesia.
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90730756 Urchin (Echinothrix calamaris) Indonesia.© Georgette Douwma
Yacare caiman (Caiman yacare) with porcupine quills stuck all over face, Pantanal, Brazil
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90724209 Yacare caiman (Caiman yacare) with porcupine quills stuck all over face, Pantanal, Brazil© Tony Heald
Cave weta (Pachyrhamma sp) close up of the hind leg of a male, Boundary Stream, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, November.
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90715158 Cave weta (Pachyrhamma sp) close up of the hind leg of a male, Boundary Stream, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, November.© Brent Stephenson
Close-up of hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) spikes, Bavaria, Germany, September.
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90710904 Close-up of hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) spikes, Bavaria, Germany, September.© Martin Gabriel
Stone-fish (Synanceia verrucosa) venom milking.
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90709643 Stone-fish (Synanceia verrucosa) venom milking.© Daniel Heuclin
Pencil urchin (Eucidaris metularia) Cebu, Malapascua, Philippines, September
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90749281 Pencil urchin (Eucidaris metularia) Cebu, Malapascua, Philippines, September© Georgette Douwma
Longspine urchin (Diadema setosum) Cebu, Malapascua Island, Philippines, September
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90749280 Longspine urchin (Diadema setosum) Cebu, Malapascua Island, Philippines, September© Georgette Douwma
Backlit photo of stinging nematocysts on colony of Fire coral (Millepora dichotoma) Gubal Island, Egypt Strait Of Gubal, Red Sea  -  npl/ npl
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90406462 Backlit photo of stinging nematocysts on colony of Fire coral (Millepora dichotoma) Gubal Island, Egypt Strait Of Gubal, Red Sea© / NPL
Close up on the spines, spiny hollow hears of the Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) Alsace, France, May  -  Eric Baccega/ npl
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90403822 Close up on the spines, spiny hollow hears of the Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) Alsace, France, May© Eric Baccega / NPL
World War 2 pillbox built for the defense of Midway atoll against Japanese forces, Eastern Island Midway, Central Pacific  -  Michael Pitts/ npl
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90388427 World War 2 pillbox built for the defense of Midway atoll against Japanese forces, Eastern Island Midway, Central Pacific© Michael Pitts / NPL
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