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Heart of Glass

One of several species of glass frogs native to tropical rainforests of Central and South America
Image via: Mudfooted

One of the wonders of the natural world is the ability of so many species to use camouflage as a defense mechanism against predators. Often, like we recently featured in this article on owls, camouflage means intricate patterns of brightly colored markings that help the animal to blend in with its habitat. In other cases, camouflage can mean transparency. Disappearing against the backdrop of your surroundings is easy if others can see right through you. Such is the case with the animals seen in this photo collection.

See more images of these fascinating species here.

Crocodile Icefish, native to Antarctica, has no scales. Icefish are the only vertebrates without red blood cells and hemoglobin | Image: Scientific American 

Glass squid, of the Cranchiidae family, has 60 variant species. Inhabits sunlit shallow waters, in which their transparency provides camouflage | Image: Wikipedia

Cyanogaster, a recently discovered species, lives in a tributary of Amazon River and has a single, conical tooth | Image: National Geographic.com

Comb Jelly (also Sea Walnut) is oval-shaped and transparent, with four vertical rows of combs, which have a rainbow glow when the animal is frightened | Image: Phys.org

 


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