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The scientists who discovered that a giant panda’s distinctive markings provide camouflage from predators tell us about their latest work
It’s still not known exactly how female birds produce such colourful and intricately-patterned eggs. But we do have some theories about the survival advantage this provides.
A leap and a plunge into the snow could earn this arctic fox its supper.
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Arctic foxes have a few special talents that help them sneak up on unseen prey and pounce.
A coat of sand makes an effective armor.
For some sand-dwelling plants, stickiness is a defense tactic that keeps predators at bay.
A glasswing butterfly’s see-through wings help predators see right through them.
Transparency is an evolved characteristic of some species to help them survive, even when predators are staring directly at them.
A tiger’s vertical stripes help it blend in with trees and grasses in its homelands in Asia.
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How do tigers – a top predator – successfully hunt their prey when they have bright orange fur? The secret’s in their stripes!
A male Agama planiceps shows off his colouring on a rock in Namibia.
By eliminating the less fit individuals over time, predation can drive the population to increasing fitness in terms of survival and reproductive success.
Prey species rely on camouflage and escape to avoid getting eaten. How can they make them work together?
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.
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