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Nature's Best Photography 2012

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Learn more about the species in the exhibition of winners from the 2012 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards. Visit the online gallery at Nature's Best Photography.

  • 67056_88_88 Animalia > Ophidiiformes

    Ophidiidae

    Cusk-eels

    The cusk-eel family is a group of marine bony fishes found in temperate and tropical oceans throughout the world. They appear similar to eels but are not true eels. Most adult cusk-eels are measure under three feet. The larvae live relatively close to the surface, while many of the adults live close to the sea bottom at depths below 6,600 feet.

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  • 08614_88_88 Animalia > Cepheidae

    Cephea cephea

    Crown Jellyfish

    Not much is known about the biology or ecology of Cephea jellyfish.They are found in the Indo-West Pacific and the Eastern Central Atlantic Ocean. These jellyfish are often called “crown jellyfish” but that common name often leads to confusion since it is used for other, distantly related jellies.

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  • 79667_88_88 Animalia > Hexabranchidae

    Hexabranchus sanguineus

    Spanish Dancer

    The emperor shrimp is a omnivorous crustacean found across the Indo-West Pacific in depths between 3 feet and 130 feet. In this photo, it resides with one of the largest nudibranchs, the Spanish dancer. When the nudibranch swims, its red parapodia unfurl and are whirled through the water in a spectacular undulating motion, propelling the animal forward.

    Sort value: 03.1

  • 03103_88_88 Animalia > Palaemonidae

    Periclimenes imperator A. J. Bruce, 1967

    Emperor Shrimp

    The emperor shrimp is a omnivorous crustacean found across the Indo-West Pacific in depths between 3 feet and 130 feet. In this photo, it resides with one of the largest nudibranchs, the Spanish dancer. When the nudibranch swims, its red parapodia unfurl and are whirled through the water in a spectacular undulating motion, propelling the animal forward.

    Sort value: 03.2

  • 14392_88_88 Animalia > Pteropodidae

    Pteropus poliocephalus

    Gray-headed Flying Fox

    The gray-headed flying fox is one of the largest bats in Australia, with a recorded wingspan exceeding five feet. These flying mammals roost in large colonies of up to tens of thousands of individuals. At dusk they emerge and may travel as far as 30 miles to their feeding areas. As their name implies, the species’ face is fox-like. Despite popular belief, the flying fox has excellent vision and sense of smell.

    Sort value: 07

  • 14050_88_88 Plantae > Fagaceae

    Fagus crenata

    Siebold's Beech

    Fagus crenata is a deciduous tree that can grow up to 114 feet tall. Native to woodland forests of Japan, the species is valued for its interesting form and silky, shiny foliage.

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  • 06732_88_88 Animalia > Acrididae

    Acrida cinerea

    Chinese Grasshopper

    Acrida is a genus that contains around 40 species of insects, found across Asia, Africa, Europe, and Australia. Locusts and grasshoppers of this genus are omnivorous, and are naturally camouflaged by their coloration.

    Sort value: 14

  • 66149_88_88 Animalia > Falconidae

    Caracara cheriway

    Crested Caracara

    A bold, opportunistic raptor, the caracara is often seen walking around on the ground looking for food. It feeds mainly on carcasses, but will also steal food from other raptors, raid bird and turtle nests, and take live prey. Its diet includes insects and other invertebrates, fish, snakes, turtles, birds, and mammals.

    Sort value: 17

  • 65317_88_88 Animalia > Presbytini Gray, 1825

    Trachypithecus poliocephalus

    White-headed Langur

    The white-headed langur is among the rarest primates in Asia. Females give birth every two or three years, usually to a single, golden-orange infant. The young are thought to stay with their mother's group for up to two years before leaving to find or start a group of their own.

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  • 33096_88_88 Animalia > Cercopithecidae

    Pygathrix roxellana

    Golden-haired Monkey

    Golden snub-nosed monkeys are native to the mountainous forests of central and southwest China. They spend most of their time in trees feeding on leaves, seeds, lichen, and fruit. The species’ numbers are dwindling mainly because of habitat loss.

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  • 08060_88_88 Animalia > Pieridae

    Eurema brigitta

    No Brand Grass Yellow

    The butterfly, Eurema brigitta, is abundant in the savanna and grasslands. Males of this butterfly “mud-puddle,” gathering in large groups to collect nutrients from small water sources.

    Sort value: 36.2

  • 68038_88_88 Animalia > Salticidae

    Saitis barbipes

    While the female jumping spider is a dull brown, the smaller male’s color is striking when viewed from the front. It is probably the most colorful species of jumping spider in Europe. The most impressive feature however, is their greatly enlarged third pair of legs used in courtship display. When a male spots a female, he raises and may audibly vibrate his legs to attract her.

    Sort value: 37

  • 88220_88_88 Animalia > Cercopithecidae

    Macaca nemestrina

    Pigtailed Macaque

    The southern pig-tailed macaque is a medium-sized primate found in Southeast Asia from southern Thailand to the island of Borneo. Troops of macaques have been observed at the Kinabatangan River, the largest and longest river in the Malaysian state of Sabah in Borneo.

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