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Doto varaderoensis


Image: Linda IannielloI'm sure this sea slug is meant to avoid predators by using camouflage... But I can't help but think that it avoids predators by looking contagious.

Fingered Dragonet


Image: Nick HobgoodTiny dragons can do a lot with a finger or two! And a bit of lipstick, apparently.

Roughty-tufty Legs


Image: Aleksey GnilenkovExoskeletons are pretty great; it's one of my favourite things about insects.

Chinese Lantern


Image: IsfuglThe Chinese Lantern is a hardy perennial that will provide you with all the natural, biodegradable paper lanterns you could ever want!

Strawberry Squid


Histioteuthis heteropsisYou've seen werewolves versus vampires. You've marvelled at Alien versus Predator.

Deep Sea Dragonfish


Image: Fran Martín de la Sierra My name is Deep Sea Dragonfish, eater of worlds. Look on my face, ye Mighty, and despair!

Fish-scale Gecko


Image: Arthur AnkerLook at those scales! It's not a mere suit of armour, it's a suit of shields! Fish-scale Geckos make up a tiny genus called Geckolepis, which means 'gecko scale.' It contains just five species, all found in various parts of Madagascar and the nearby Comoro Islands.

Warty Sea Star


Image: Ratha Grimes Echinaster callosusOh, no! There's been a terrible accident in the biological waste bin.

Poltys


Image: Bernard DUPONTIt's a leaf. A perfectly honest, perfectly innocent leaf, shivering in the wind.

Fish-scale Gecko


Look at those scales! It's not a mere suit of armour, it's a suit of shields! Fish-scale Geckos make up a tiny genus called Geckolepis, which means 'gecko scale.' It contains just five species, all found in various parts of Madagascar and the nearby Comoro Islands.

Warty Sea Star


Image: Ratha Grimes Echinaster callosus Oh, no! There's been a terrible accident in the biological waste bin.

Shovel-nosed Salamander


Image: Todd Pierson Desmognathus marmoratusHmmm... I think I would call it the People-eyed Salamander.

Australian Hornet


Image: James Niland Abispa ephippiumI get that wasps use bright colours to warn predators of their painful sting.

Red-spotted Horseshoe


Image: Alfiero Brisotto Protula tubulariaSurely, it's a peacock? Image: WolljuergenIt has to be a bird-of-paradise.

Snowplant


Image: David Iliff Sarcodes sanguineaIn the months of spring, mysterious spikes of bloody flesh point to the sky.

Red-spotted Horseshoe


Image: Alfiero Brisotto Protula tubulariaSurely, it's a peacock? Image: WolljuergenIt has to be a bird-of-paradise.

Australian Hornet


Image: James Niland Abispa ephippiumI get that wasps use bright colours to warn predators of their painful sting.

Shovel-nosed Salamander


Image: Todd Pierson Desmognathus marmoratusHmmm... I think I would call it the People-eyed Salamander.

Edible Sea Urchin


Image: gordon.milligan Echinus esculentusIt's the hedgehog of the sea! Sea Urchins are almost 1,000 species of echinoderm that can be found from the intertidal zone all the way down to the deepest, darkest depths of the sea.

Striped Bubble Shell


Image: Sylke Rohrlach Hydatina physisWhat is a shell? Armour? Home? Laborious burden? How about fashion accessory?


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