Animal camouflage

The Conservation Report has a really nice collection of photos of camouflaged animals (and one of plants: the stoneplant Lithops).  These, too, are great for teaching, or just marvelling at how, in the case of camouflage, evolution can achieve something like optimal design. (Some day I’m going to write a piece about how close organisms  actually get to optimal design when you have an objective criterion for what is optimal.  Camouflage is one case, sex ratio another.)

Here are a few examples:

h/t: blueollie

5 thoughts on “Animal camouflage

  1. Wow, they’re beautiful.

    It would seem that camouflage can become close to optimal because small evolutionary steps that make the camouflage better are constantly being selected. No leaps required. I look forward to a much more complete explanation, of course.

    Glen Davidson
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  2. Yes, these things are designed to fool their predators, not us. No doubt they are as near perfect as one need bother achieve. (And conversely, some organisms that we really battle to see would conceivably be easier for other types of organisms to spot – though almost certainly not their relevant predators!)

  3. Whenever I see photos illustrating camouflage, I wish there were views in ultra-violet, infrared, and information about the vision of their predators. It is often startling how different some critters look in different frequencies.

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