An Abudjubbe wrasse (Cheilinus abudjubbe) in intermediate phase, when the species is most colourful. This stunning fish can only be found in the Red Sea. Its thick lips and large teeth are perfect adaptations to feeding on urchins. It only… Continue Reading
Portrait of a Buff-banded rail (Hypotaenidia philippensis). This species is very common in most of its range (islands including Philippines, Indonesia, Australian region and Pacific islands) but it is seldom observed because of its shy behaviour.
Portrait of a Spotted day gecko (Phelsuma guttata) on a leaf. These small diurnal geckos are only found in the rainforests of north-east Madagascar. This species is adaptable and survives deforestation by also living in banana trees plantations.
Portrait of a sleeping adult New Caledonia giant gecko (Rhacodactylus leachianus leachianus). This endemic species is found in forests and, although still safe so far, is vulnerable to loss of habitat, collection for the pet trade and predation by alien… Continue Reading
Full-body portrait of a fantastic predatory fish, the African tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus). With mobile upper and lower jaws and long sharp teeth, this species is a fast predator, feeding on fishes and swallows when they come down to the water… Continue Reading
My newly acquired 6th edition of “Origins of Species” more pictures in comments.
Lead-glazed ceramic platter in the style of Bernard Palissy. It features inlays of a small pond surrounded by booth aquatic and semi-aquatic animals alongside several plant species. Made in Agen, France. Last quarter of the 16th century. [3811×3049]
The Utila spiny-tailed iguana (Ctenosaura bakeri) is a critically endangered species, endemic to 8 sq km of mangroves and threatened by overhunting and habitat loss for the creation of roads and tourist resorts. A captive breeding program in implemented to… Continue Reading
Babirusas are amazing forest pigs from central Indonesia. This species is found on Sulawesi and is threatened by deforestation and overhunting despite its protected status. It bears two impressive sets of canines, one of them piercing its jaws and curving… Continue Reading
Portrait of a cute male Brown-throated wattle-eye (Platysteira cyanea). Yes… I said brown-throated… actually females have rich brown throats whereas males display jet black throats. This species is commonly found in woodlands and gardens in central Africa.
Close-up portrait of an Harlequin filefish (Oxymonacanthus longirostris). This species is dependant on Acropora corals for its food which makes it highly vulnerable to extinction with the destruction of coral reefs by pollution and climate change amongst other factors.
Just a pretty, white orchid. Don’t know the species. (4032 x 2268) [OC]
The Emperor tamarin is a diminutive primate species from Peru, Bolivia and western Brazil, locally threatened by deforestation. This species is recognized by its amazing moustaches, reminiscent of those from German emperor Wilhelm II.
Close-up portrait of a young rhinoceros viper (Bitis nasicornis). This incredibly colourful species is perfectly well camouflaged in the dead leaf litter of tropical Africa’s riverine forests.
Here is one of the most elegant butterflies found in Malaysian rainforests, the Jewelled nawab (Polyura delphis concha). This species is dependant on rainforests for its survival and, like many other forest-dependent species, is experiencing declines in its range because… Continue Reading
Here is one of the world’s most endangered wild cattle species, the tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis), a dwarf buffalo species endemic to the island of Mindoro in the Philippines. The specimen photographed here is named Kali, he is the last tamaraw… Continue Reading
Portrait of a white-shouldered ibis (Pseudibis davisoni), one of the most threatened ibis species in the world, classified as Critically Endangered. The species occurs in Cambodia and Borneo where it is threatened by habitat loss and illegal hunting.
Here is one of the smallest turtle species, the spotted turtle (Clemmys guttata) from the eastern half of USA. It is endangered by loss of habitat and other kinds of disturbances such as pollution of waterways. It is protected by… Continue Reading
The Indochinese Banteng (Bos javanicus birmanicus) is the most endangered wild cattle species on South-east Asian mainland. There are two other populations on Java and Borneo but they can be told apart by the black coloration of males instead of… Continue Reading
Not sure what species this orchid is. May be a “tiger” orchid [OC]
Male bare-necked fruit crow (Gymnoderus foetidus), pretty… in its own way, at least unusually pretty ! This species is an inhabitant of the Amazonian rainforest living in the canopy of forests, feeding on fruits.
Blue-faced lizard, anyone ? Not so many species display such amazing colors… the Peters’ keeled cordylid (Tracheloptychus petersi) is endemic to South-West Madagascar and threatened by habitat loss.
Will a jellyfish be pretty enough ? Well, it is 99% water but really elegant and quite colourful… The brown bell and blue tentacle tips are due to the presence of symbiotic unicellular algae. This species mainly occurs in the… Continue Reading
A strawberry poison frog (Oophaga pumilio) in a bromeliad. This species displays an amazing diversity of bright colors. It isn’t threatened in the wild and bred in big numbers in captivity. Amphibians remain one of the most endangered animal groups… Continue Reading
Kea (kee-uh) – the world’s only alpine parrot and one of the few native species of New Zealand, sitting atop my rental car in Fjordland National Park [OC]