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  •   The Ping Pong Tree Sponge is one of 33 species of sea sponges that form an extremely  unique genus. This species, along with the other 32 species, are carnivorous […]

    Ping Pong Tree Sponge

      The Ping Pong Tree Sponge is one of 33 species of sea sponges that form an extremely  unique genus. This species, along with the other 32 species, are carnivorous […]

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  •   Palawan Island is the largest island of the Palawan Province, in the Philippines. The majority of the island remains in its pristine natural condition. Most of the development that has […]

    Palawan Island

      Palawan Island is the largest island of the Palawan Province, in the Philippines. The majority of the island remains in its pristine natural condition. Most of the development that has […]

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  •      The Cape Honey Bee is a particular subspecies of the western honey bee. For several reasons, this insect is considered the most distinctive subspecies of the honey bee […]

    Cape Honey Bee

         The Cape Honey Bee is a particular subspecies of the western honey bee. For several reasons, this insect is considered the most distinctive subspecies of the honey bee […]

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  •   Spider Tailed Viper is the common name for a species of reptile possessing one of the most remarkable evolutionary adaptations in the entire animal kingdom. The tail of this […]

    Spider Tailed Viper

      Spider Tailed Viper is the common name for a species of reptile possessing one of the most remarkable evolutionary adaptations in the entire animal kingdom. The tail of this […]

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  •   The Bois Dentelle is an exceedingly rare and highly threatened plant species. Only two individual specimens of this delicate flowering tree exist in the wild. These two specimens are […]

    Bois Dentelle

      The Bois Dentelle is an exceedingly rare and highly threatened plant species. Only two individual specimens of this delicate flowering tree exist in the wild. These two specimens are […]

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  •   Ocean Quahog is the common name for the Arctica islandica. This is a species of bivalve mollusk. This ocean dwelling bivalve is the longest lived animal species known to […]

    Ocean Quahog

      Ocean Quahog is the common name for the Arctica islandica. This is a species of bivalve mollusk. This ocean dwelling bivalve is the longest lived animal species known to […]

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  •   Nohkalikai Falls is a plunge type waterfall located near Cherrapunji, in India. This is a small plateau that is recognized as one of the wettest locations on the planet. […]

    Nohkalikai Falls

      Nohkalikai Falls is a plunge type waterfall located near Cherrapunji, in India. This is a small plateau that is recognized as one of the wettest locations on the planet. […]

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  •   Plume Moth is the collective name for any of the approximately 1,000 Lepidoptera species within a uniquely evolved family. Each of these possesses uniquely and distinctively shaped wings. Their […]

    Plume Moth

      Plume Moth is the collective name for any of the approximately 1,000 Lepidoptera species within a uniquely evolved family. Each of these possesses uniquely and distinctively shaped wings. Their […]

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  •   The recently discovered Limnonectes larvaepartus is an extremely unique species of frog.  This newly recognized animal species does not yet possess a common name. The diminutive amphibian is endemic […]

    Limnonectes larvaepartus

      The recently discovered Limnonectes larvaepartus is an extremely unique species of frog.  This newly recognized animal species does not yet possess a common name. The diminutive amphibian is endemic […]

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  •   The Hackelia venusta is an extremely rare species of flowering plant. Common names for this species include showy stickseed and lesser showy stickseed. Only one known population of the […]

    Hackelia venusta

      The Hackelia venusta is an extremely rare species of flowering plant. Common names for this species include showy stickseed and lesser showy stickseed. Only one known population of the […]

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  • We regret the necessity of using images of deceased creatures, but these are among the only photos of the Pocket Shark ever published. Only two individuals have ever been found! […]

    Pocket Shark

    We regret the necessity of using images of deceased creatures, but these are among the only photos of the Pocket Shark ever published. Only two individuals have ever been found! […]

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  •   The Moeraki Boulders are an unusual geological feature located in New Zealand. They are a collection of large boulders along a section beach on the coast of Otaga. Though […]

    Moeraki Boulders

      The Moeraki Boulders are an unusual geological feature located in New Zealand. They are a collection of large boulders along a section beach on the coast of Otaga. Though […]

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  •   Elephant Beetle is the common name for a particular species of scarab beetle. There are 3 known subspecies of this extremely large and powerful insect  species.  All known species […]

    Elephant Beetle

      Elephant Beetle is the common name for a particular species of scarab beetle. There are 3 known subspecies of this extremely large and powerful insect  species.  All known species […]

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  •   The Giant Gippsland Earthworm is the largest known species of earthworm on earth. They are endemic to only certain portions of Gippsland, Australia. It is not known if their […]

    Giant Gippsland Earthworm

      The Giant Gippsland Earthworm is the largest known species of earthworm on earth. They are endemic to only certain portions of Gippsland, Australia. It is not known if their […]

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  •   The Peach Palm is a species of palm endemic to portions of South America and Central America. This plant species serves as a vital food source for many animal […]

    Peach Palm

      The Peach Palm is a species of palm endemic to portions of South America and Central America. This plant species serves as a vital food source for many animal […]

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  •   The Promachoteuthis Sulcus is the rarest known species of squid on earth. The unique individual pictured here is the only specimen that has ever found. It was captured accidentally […]

    Promachoteuthis Sulcus

      The Promachoteuthis Sulcus is the rarest known species of squid on earth. The unique individual pictured here is the only specimen that has ever found. It was captured accidentally […]

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  •   Strokkur Geyser is a powerful fountain geyser found in a geothermal area in Iceland. This area is beside the Hvita River, in the southwest portion of the country. Strokkur […]

    Strokkur Geyser

      Strokkur Geyser is a powerful fountain geyser found in a geothermal area in Iceland. This area is beside the Hvita River, in the southwest portion of the country. Strokkur […]

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  •   The Rhinoceros Cockroach is the heaviest  species of cockroach known to man. This insect is also sometimes known as the giant burrowing cockroach. The name is appropriate, given their tendency […]

    Rhinoceros Cockroach

      The Rhinoceros Cockroach is the heaviest  species of cockroach known to man. This insect is also sometimes known as the giant burrowing cockroach. The name is appropriate, given their tendency […]

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  •   Despite its common name, the Mexican Mole Lizard is neither a mole nor a lizard. This extremely unique and rare animal is a type of reptile, however. This unique […]

    Mexican Mole Lizard

      Despite its common name, the Mexican Mole Lizard is neither a mole nor a lizard. This extremely unique and rare animal is a type of reptile, however. This unique […]

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  •   Pritcardia is a genus consisting of 25 species of palms endemic to tropical Pacific islands. Nineteen species are native only to the Hawaiian Islands. In fact, each of the […]

    Pritcardia

      Pritcardia is a genus consisting of 25 species of palms endemic to tropical Pacific islands. Nineteen species are native only to the Hawaiian Islands. In fact, each of the […]

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