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A mangrove killifish (Kryptolebias marmoratus) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A Gulf Coast pygmy sunfish (Elassoma gilberti) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A Gulf Coast pygmy sunfish (Elassoma gilberti) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A bluefin killifish (Lucania goodei) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Bluefin killifish (Lucania goodei) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Least killifish (Heterandria formosa) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Least killifish (Heterandria formosa) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A banded killifish (Fundulus diaphanus) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A banded killifish (Fundulus diaphanus) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A speckled Madtom (Noturus leptacanthus) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A speckled madtom (Noturus leptacanthus) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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An orangetail shiner (Pteronotropis merlini) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Orangetail shiner fish (Pteronotropis merlini) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A whitefin shiner (Cyprinella nivea) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A whitefin shiner (Cyprinella nivea) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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An Apalachee shiner (Pteronotropis grandipinnis) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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An Apalachee shiner (Pteronotropis grandipinnis) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A brown darter (Etheostoma edwini) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A brown darter (Etheostoma edwini) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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An Alabama darter (Etheostoma ramseyi) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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An Alabama darter (Etheostoma ramseyi) from a private collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A Tanzanian baboon tarantula (Encyocratella olivacea) from a private collection. This spider species inhabits the slopes of Mt. Meru which is 2200m above sea level. Temperatures there fall as low as 4 degrees at night.

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A Tanzanian baboon tarantula (Encyocratella olivacea) from a private collection. This spider species inhabits the slopes of Mt. Meru which is 2200m above sea level. Temperatures there fall as low as 4 degrees at night.

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A tarantula (Reversopelma petersi) from a private collection. This species lives in the Amazon rainforest. It can stick its abdomen high into the air and shed stinging hairs as a form of defense.

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A tarantula (Reversopelma petersi) from a private collection. This species lives in the Amazon rainforest. It can stick its abdomen high into the air and shed stinging hairs as a form of defense.

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An LSD earth tiger (Thrigmopoeus psychedelicus). This species has a distinctive metallic blue-green sheen on both its carapace and abdomen. This is a very rare species, it is only known from a very few localities.

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An LSD earth tiger (Thrigmopoeus psychedelicus). This species has a distinctive metallic blue-green sheen on both its carapace and abdomen. This is a very rare species, it is only known from a very few localities.

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An LSD earth tiger (Thrigmopoeus psychedelicus). This species has a distinctive metallic blue-green sheen on both its carapace and abdomen. This is a very rare species, it is only known from a very few localities.

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A golden blue leg baboon tarantula (Harpactira pulchripes) from a private collection.

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An amber baboon tarantula (Harpactira cafreriana) from a private collection. One of the smallest species from South Africa, and one of rarest members of its genus.

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An amber baboon tarantula (Harpactira cafreriana) from a private collection. One of the smallest species from South Africa, and one of rarest members of its genus.

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An amber baboon tarantula (Harpactira cafreriana) from a private collection. One of the smallest species from South Africa, and one of rarest members of its genus.

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An oreo spider (Cyclocosmia latusicosta) from a private collection. The members of this genus are living fossils. Its abdomen ends with a strong disc of reinforced ribs and grooves, it uses this hardened disc to defend its burrow from intruders.

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A pumpkin patch tarantula (Hapalopus formosus) from a private collection.

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A pumpkin patch tarantula (Hapalopus formosus) from a private collection.

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A pumpkin patch tarantula (Hapalopus formosus) from a private collection.

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