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Hidden in Plain Sight

Hidden in Plain Sight

I came across some interesting examples of camouflage recently and decided to share them here among others. I will try to only include novel examples that the average person is unlikely to be familiar with already.

1. Poop Imitators

  Some Phyrnarachne spider species imitate bird poop at various stages of crustiness. This particular species seems to prefer the fresh look. Photo by Vijay Anand Ismavel

 

Some Phyrnarachne spider species imitate bird poop at various stages of crustiness. This particular species seems to prefer the fresh look.

Photo by Vijay Anand Ismavel

The descriptively named Vietnamese Bird Poop Frog definitely favors function over form. Photo by AngiNelson

The descriptively named Vietnamese Bird Poop Frog definitely favors function over form.

Photo by AngiNelson

Who knew bird poop was such a trendy look? Apparently Macrauzata maxima caterpillars knew. Photo Attribution

Who knew bird poop was such a trendy look? Apparently Macrauzata maxima caterpillars knew.

Photo Attribution

2. Foliar Fauna

The Leaf-tailed Gecko is an incredible example of camouflage. This picture doesn't quite get it at it's best, so I encourage you to do a quick search on your own to see how well it blends in under ideal circumstances. Photo by Michael Sale

The Leaf-tailed Gecko is an incredible example of camouflage. This picture doesn't quite get it at it's best, so I encourage you to do a quick search on your own to see how well it blends in under ideal circumstances.

Photo by Michael Sale

Water Scorpions are fierce aquatic predators that might reside in your local rivers and streams. I found several of them while doing an invertebrate survey in the Eramosa River near Guelph. Photo by John Lindsey

Water Scorpions are fierce aquatic predators that might reside in your local rivers and streams. I found several of them while doing an invertebrate survey in the Eramosa River near Guelph.

Photo by John Lindsey

Alligator Pipefish are among my favorite fish in the aquarium trade. If they weren't so difficult to keep I might have one myself! Photo by Jonathon D

Alligator Pipefish are among my favorite fish in the aquarium trade. If they weren't so difficult to keep I might have one myself!

Photo by Jonathon D

3. Laying Low in Dirt and Debris

Stonefish are unique in that they don't necessarily need to match their surroundings. They can be a little stone island in a sea of sand if they want. Photo by ~Sage~

Stonefish are unique in that they don't necessarily need to match their surroundings. They can be a little stone island in a sea of sand if they want.

Photo by ~Sage~

Some Horned Lizard species might seem a bit chubby, but it's in the name of reducing their shadow so give them a break! Photo by Marshall Hedin

Some Horned Lizard species might seem a bit chubby, but it's in the name of reducing their shadow so give them a break!

Photo by Marshall Hedin

Bonus picture of Howard the Horney Toad. I'd seen this picture before and rediscovered it while browsing for Horny Toad pictures to use. I didn't know it originated on Flickr! Photo by Casey Myers

Bonus picture of Howard the Horney Toad. I'd seen this picture before and rediscovered it while browsing for Horny Toad pictures to use. I didn't know it originated on Flickr!

Photo by Casey Myers

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