Scientific testing has zeroed in on the advantages of a zebra’s striped coat.
How the zebra got its stripes is not only a just-so story, but an object of scientific inquiry. New research suggests that stripes help zebras evade biting flies and the deadly diseases they carry.
A young shore crab displaying varied colouring.
Citizen science game offered clues to why shore crabs get greener as they grow.
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Reconstructing the colours of the feathered Sinosauropteryx gives hints about its habitat and lifestyle.
Color-changing cells in an Atlantic squid’s skin contain light-sensitive pigments.
We're used to thinking of our eyes detecting light as the foundation of our visual system. But what's going on in other cells throughout the body that can detect light, too?
Puff adders can become motionless and scentless to avoid detection by those preying on them.
Puff adders have developed impressive techniques to avoid being detected by predators.
Did someone say Frosties?
It is one of the most controversial questions in nature. Now a group of British researchers have shed light on the answer.
Zebras on the run can razzle-dazzle their enemies.
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Why does the zebra have stripes? Researchers are investigating whether it is to confuse predators when they're on the move.
Pretty impressive, mimicry octopus, but you don’t fool us.
Last week, a new frog capable of shape-shifting, was discovered. Though many other animals use camouflage, there are only a few other species known which can actually shift their shape.
Same fish, different colour.
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Brown or yellow, the dottyback fish has a colour for every occasion, and every habitat.
Trying to smell like coral, and not like lunch.
The animal kingdom is full of incredible examples of camouflage, with animals resembling objects found in their environment such as sticks or leaves, or displaying colour patterns that permit them to blend…
A new camouflage system automatically reads its environment to blend into the background. A team led by mechanical engineers…
Scientists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico have discovered a new species of spider — that covers itself…
Camouflage is the most common defence against predators in nature - but how good such a strategy is depends on two things…
Max Dupain, Bankstown aerodrome camouflage experiment, c.1943.
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Max Dupain and Frank Hinder are among the many significant artists who contributed decisively to Australia’s modernist tradition. Less well known, however, is that they both worked for Australia’s military…
The West African Gaboon viper’s pattern of cream, yellow, brown and black scales helps it blend in with leaves, but a new…
Rapid colour change may occur due to various “triggers” – but what are they?
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When most people think of colour change, they think of octopuses or chameleons - but the ability to rapidly change colour is surprisingly widespread. Many species of crustaceans, insects, cephalopods (squid…
How and why have the colour patterns of coral reef fish changed over time?
Have you ever wondered why coral reef fishes are so brilliantly coloured and bizarrely patterned? A quick flick through any coral reef fish guide will leave you bewildered and awed. To answer this question…