Camouflage in the Natural World

This week’s post features examples of camouflage in nature, which is also known as cryptic coloration. National Geographic Education defines camouflage as “a defense or tactic that organisms use to disguise their appearance, usually to blend in with their surroundings.” There are several different types of camouflage. The photos below show examples of background matching, which is “perhaps the most common camouflage tactic.” Background matching occurs when a “species conceals itself by resembling its surroundings in coloration, form, or movement.”

Source: “Camouflage: Cryptic Coloration” – National Geographic Education

Camouflage in the Ocean

Camouflaged soft coral crab
Hoplophrys oatesi.jpg
By Nhobgood Nick Hobgood (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons
Camouflaged soft coral crab
09/07/05
The Intermediate flounder (Asterorhombus intermedius) photographed in East Timor (Timor-Leste).
Asterorhombus intermedius (Intermediate flounder), Timor-Leste – 20061130.jpg
By Nhobgood (Nick Hobgood). (Own work.) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons
The Intermediate flounder (Asterorhombus intermedius) photographed in East Timor (Timor-Leste).
30 November 2006, 19:59
Scorpaena sp. (Scorpionfish - tassled)
Scorpaena sp. (Scorpionfish – tassled).jpg
By Nhobgood (talk) Nick Hobgood (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Scorpaena sp. (Scorpionfish – tassled)
3 June 2010

Camouflage on Land

Amazon forest dragon (Enyalioides laticeps) in Yasuní National Park, Ecuador.
Enyalioides laticeps.jpg
By ggallice (Geoff Gallice) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dejeuxx/5183822577/) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Amazon forest dragon (Enyalioides laticeps) in Yasuní National Park, Ecuador.
15 November 2010
Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dejeuxx/5183822577/
Draco indochinensis from Bandipur National Park, India
2005-Draco-indochinensis.jpg
By Yathin S Krishnappa (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Draco indochinensis from Bandipur National Park, India
7 February 2005, 11:08:41

 

Camouflage: Flower Mantis Hymenopus coronatus on Phalaenopsis orchid
Insect camouflage PP08338.png
By Philipp Psurek (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 de], via Wikimedia Commons
Camouflage: Flower Mantis Hymenopus coronatus on Phalaenopsis orchid
2008

 

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10 thoughts on “Camouflage in the Natural World

    1. I agree! It is amazing what animals and plants do to adapt and survive in their surroundings. The defense mechanisms that Nature has provided to many life forms here on Earth continue to impress me. 🙂

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment and for taking the time to like this post and my “Network” post. I am glad to hear from you again, Ralph! 🙂

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    1. It must have been a great experience to see them underwater firsthand. I did not realize they were capable of camouflaging themselves that well until I saw the flounder photo.

      I am glad that my post brought back some pleasant memories for you. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and leave a nice comment. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment. I am glad that you enjoyed and liked this post. And thank you for liking “More Wildflowers” and “Pomegranate Blossoms” and for following my blog. I appreciate your interest in my work here. 🙂

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