Master of Disguise
A decorator crab found living in the aquaria outflow basin at Lizard Island Research Station. In addition to the normal algae, sponges and other natural detritus, this animal has also incorporated bits of plastic and green netting that found their way down the drain in the lab.
Fly on Flower
Gymnodoris, from Lizard Islans, Australia
Electric Blue Giant Clam
A giant clam (Tridacna) from Lizard Island, Australia. Note the tiny black eye spots around the green mantle edge.
Adult Bottletail Squid (Sepiadarium kochii)
Looks like a baby octopus, about the size of the last digit of your pinky, but is actually an fully grown bottletail squid that we caught at Lizard Island
A head on shot of this cute little guy.
An ant guzzling the ink from my fountain pen at Lizard Island, Australia. Also pictured: Science!
Green swimming isopod found at night at Lizard Island, Australia.
Fire in the Eye
The compound eye of a firefly
Argia apicalis (Zygoptera) chowing down on some unfortunate insect.
A Happy Nudi
Nudibranch from Lizard Island
A collection male (left) and female of cabbage white (Pieris rapae) butterflies photographed at human-visible and UV wavelengths. Though they look the same to us, creatures that can see UV light will notice that only the females reflect UV.
From our review on UV vision - Cronin & Bok, 2016: http://jeb.biologists.org/content/219/18/2790
Beautiful ophiothricid brittle star from Lizard Island, Australia
Fairly large Scolopendramorph from Lizard Island, Australia
British common hermit crab
A large Pagurus bernhardus individual.
Plakobranchus ocellatus sea slug.
From Lizard Island, Australia.
Green tree ants, Oecophylla smaragdina, from Lizard Island Australia, working together to bend leaves together for their nests.
Linne’s Cicada (Tibicen linnei)
Orange Meadowhawk (Sympetrum spp.)
Found by a pond in northern New Jersey.
Ambush Bug (Phymata spp.)
Waiting for an unsuspecting pollinator. Not particularly well camouflaged in this instance.
Wasp (Polistes sp?)
From Northern New Jersey
Lizard Island Research Assistant
One of the omnipresent huntsman spiders at Lizard Island Research Station. Probably Neosparassus salacius, the Badge Huntsman Spider
All photographs copyright Michael Bok