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A little skate (Leucoraja erinacea) at the Maine State Aquarium in West Boothbay, ME.

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A little skate (Leucoraja erinacea) at the Maine State Aquarium in West Boothbay, ME.

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Asian flower beetle (Agestrata orichalca) at the Insectarium in New Orleans.

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Appalachian brook crayfish, Cambarus bartonii cavatus, at the Crayfish lab in West Liberty University in West Liberty, WV.

This specimen is from Ohio.

The black on this animal is manganese that has encrusted all over its body. Manganese is a pollutant from coal mining runoff in rivers and streams. Crayfish and mussels are often killed by the toxic sediments that cover the bottoms of rivers downstream from coal mines. Stream sedimentation is the number one cause of crayfish imperilment, and crayfish are the fourth most imperiled animal group on the planet.

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L260 Queen Arabesque plecostomus (Hypancistrus sp.) from a private collection. Plecostumus have identification numbers because many of them are quite similar. L, standing for Loricariidae, followed by their number.

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Red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii)
at the Woodland Park Zoo.

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Western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) at Nebraska Wildlife Rehab.

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Golden silk orb weaver spider (Nephila edulis) at the Budapest Zoo.

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A longhorn decorator crab (Chorilia longipes) at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

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A giant deep-sea roach (Bathynomus giganteus) held by a staff member at the Virginia Aquarium.

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Keepers at the Tsimbazaza Zoo examine it’s underside to identify it’s subspecies. It is an Aldabra giant tortoise, Aldabrachelys gigantea.

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The underside of a robber frog species (in the craugastor punctariolus series) at the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project. This is a project designed to establish captive breeding populations of frogs at risk of extinction from the frog-killing Chrytrid fungus.

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Underside of a Mozambique girdled lizard [Smaug mossambicus) at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

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The underside of a blue-tailed fire-bellied newt (Cynops cyanurus.)

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A critically endangered largetooth sawfish (Pristis pristis) at the Dallas World Aquarium.

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A spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari) at the Dallas World Aquarium.

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An armored sea star (Astropecten armratus) at the REEF, at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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An armored sea star (Astropecten armratus) at the REEF, at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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An armored sea star (Astropecten armratus) at the REEF, at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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An endangered, male Okinawa black-breasted leaf turtle, Geoemyda japonica, at the Turtle Conservancy.

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An endangered, male Okinawa black-breasted leaf turtle, Geoemyda japonica, at the Turtle Conservancy.

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A common padloper tortoise (Homopus areolatus) at the Turtle Conservancy.

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A common padloper tortoise (Homopus areolatus) at the Turtle Conservancy.

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Ouachita streambed salamanders (Eurycea subfluvicola).

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Ouachita streambed salamanders (Eurycea subfluvicola).

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Ouachita streambed salamanders (Eurycea subfluvicola).

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The pupal stage of an atlas beetle (Chalcosoma atlas) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, Nebraska.

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The underside of a brown water python, Liasis fuscus, at the Wild Life Sydney Zoo.

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Danube crested newt (Triturus dobrogicus) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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A Florida scrub lizard (Sceloporus woodi) from Cape Canaveral Florida.

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A Florida scrub lizard (Sceloporus woodi) from Cape Canaveral Florida.

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Blue spiny lizard (Sceloporus serrifer) at the Houston Zoo.

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