Get to know the satanic leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus).👹🍂🦎 This nocturnal resident of Madagascar’s rainforests is a master of disguise. It specializes in mimicking dry leaves—down to its jagged tail, which looks like it’s rotting or has been chewed. And if it’s spotted by a predator, it’ll drop the camouflage act and instead open its bright red mouth for a shocking display. If all else fails and it’s caught, this gecko can drop its tail to make a getaway! Photo: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, flickr #AnimalFacts #gecko #SatanicLeafTailedGecko #nature #dyk #Madagascar #camoflauge #nocturnal https://www.instagram.com/p/Cdo-wFqLtEf/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=
At first glance, the panda doesn't seem to have the same sort of camouflage protection as, say, some lizards or many underwater creatures – but a new study demonstrates how the colors of the giant panda's fur help it to blend into the background very effectively indeed.
While this isn't a completely new idea, it's the first time that the camouflage capabilities of the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) have been put to the test in a series of advanced image analysis techniques, using rare photos of pandas in their natural habitat.
"It seems that giant pandas appear conspicuous to us because of short viewing distances and odd backgrounds," says psychologist Nick Scott-Samuel from the University of Bristol in the UK. "When we see them, either in photographs or at the zoo, it is almost always from close up, and often against a backdrop that doesn't reflect their natural habitat."
"From a more realistic predator's perspective, the giant panda is actually rather well camouflaged."
The team found that the black patches of fur help the giant panda to blend in well with tree trunks and darker areas of the forest, while the white patches match up with the waxy, specular lighting of foliage during the summer and snow during the winter. Some pandas also have brown pale patches that act as a sort of intermediate camouflage color.
Something else the researchers discovered in this study was that the large, distinct black and white patches of fur make the giant panda harder to spot because of a camouflage technique called disruptive coloration: Basically, these patches break up the visual outline of the animal.
Sometimes instead of being flashy, you need to aim for subtlety and cunning. These understated dice are the perfect option for anyone who would rather have understated elegance than a peacock's plumage. With greens ranging from shadowed forest to sun-dappled glades, these dice are at home in nature, and blend in perfectly... the better to surprise those who overlook you.
Nothing to see here, just your average tree branch… or is it?🪵 Take a closer look and you might notice the Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus)! This master of disguise lives in parts of Central and South America and roosts on high perches, motionless. It has large bright yellow eyes that you’d think would draw a predator’s attention, but the bird has a workaround: it can close its peepers while staying aware of its surroundings, thanks to slits in its eyelids! At dusk, the nocturnal critter begins to feast on large insects like moths. Photo: Alejandro Bayer Tamayo, Public Domain Mark 1.0, flickr #AnimalFacts #BirdFacts #birds #potoo #CommonPotoo #camoflauge #dyk #nature #FunFacts https://www.instagram.com/p/CdjylGHLg5E/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=