Arachnids Reptiles
Marine Life  

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NH1000 March Fly, Bibio marci, Epping Forest, Springtime.
NH1001 Giant Hissing Cockroach from Madagascar Aeluropoda insignis ventral surface 150mm in length
NH1002 Bog Bush Cricket Metrioptera brachyptera Chobham Common, Surrey
NH1003 Warble fly pupa Hypoderma bovis.
NH1004 Adult Warble fly Hypoderma bovis.
NH1005 Adult Warble fly Hypoderma bovis.
NH1006 Large Orthopteroid insect or Giant Weta in rotten tree trunk, Zombitze reserve, Madagascar.
NH1007 Goliath beetle
NH1008 Globular Springtail Dicyrtomina saundersi (Lubbock)
NH1009 Dung Fly Scatophaga stercoraria Cilgwyn Mill, West Wales

Phantom Midge pupa Chaoborus sp.

NH1011 Anax imperator The Emperor Dragonfly
NH1012 Sminthurides aquaticus is a globular springtail found on the surface of water. These were found on the banks of the River Teifi and are the first to be recorded in Wales.
NH1013 The Firebrat Thermobia domestica
NH1014 Tettigonia viridissima Kenfig South Wales
NH1015 Colony of Book Lice or Psocopterans living in flour.
NH1016 Ruby-Tailed Wasp Chrysis ignita (Linnaeus 1758) Hymenoptera family Chrysididae.The metallic shining coloration is an interference effect caused by the microscopically sculptured surface of the exoskeleton. This parasitoid or cleptoparasitic wasp can be seen lurking around old walls waiting for the opportunity to lay its eggs in the nests of Mason wasps.
NH1017 Huge compound eyes of "The Emperor Dragonfly" Anax imperator
NH1018 Argynnis paphia or Silver-washed Fritillary in a sunny glade West Wales The swooping flight of this large and graceful butterfly is one of the most beautiful sights to be found in woodland during high summer. It is named after the silver streaks on the underside which can be viewed as it stops to feed on flowers such as Brambles
NH1019 Robber Fly Asilius crabroniformis
NH1020 Physocephala rufipes Fabricius a member of the Conopidae or Thick Headed Flies its larvae are endoparasites of adult bumble bees.

Golden Ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltoni (Donovan) emerging from nymph.

NH1022 Golden Ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltoni (Donovan) emerging from nymph.
NH1023 Golden Ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltoni (Donovan) emerging from nymph.
NH1024 Golden Ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltoni (Donovan) emerging from nymph.
NH1025 Wart Biter Bush Cricket Decticus verrucivorus male
NH1026 Wart Biter Bush Cricket Decticus verrucivorus female
NH1027 Wasp beetle Clytus arietis Wilburton Cambs

Meadow Grasshopper Chorthippus parallellus var dorsal stripe Coed Tydynn Du wood Ceredigion


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NH2000 Amblypygid Damon variegans Lubombo mountains Swaziland
NH2001 Lycosid spider, Tanesrouft desert, Sahara.
NH2002 Large spider eating Katydid, Panacocha , Ecuador
NH2003 Large Lycosid spider waiting to detect prey on the desert surface which it will catch by running it down. Northern Mali
NH2004 Large Solifugid Galeodes arabs (C.L.Koch) on stony desert surface near the Sarbaz River, Baluchistan.There 900 known species of solifugids world-wide, of which Southern Africa is richly endowed with 6 families and a total of 240 species. Solifugids do not have venom or silk glands. They appear to have ten legs, but upon closer inspection the first pair of legs are not legs at all but pedipalps. The pedipalps have a sensory function, aid in feeding and have suckers at their tips to enable them to climb smooth surfaces such as glass. Their head has a very characteristic shape with powerful jaws or chelicerae with which they seize and chew their prey.
NH2005 Jumping spider with prey, Banos Ecuador
NH2006 Large Sparassid spider found under tree bark, Ifaty spiny forest, Madagascar.
NH2007 Ctenid spider Phoneutria sp in thatched roof of house in the coastal drip forest at Machalailla, Western Ecuador.
NH2008 Unidentified Raft Spider on water surface, length from head to tip of abdomen about 3.5 cms, Swaziland.

Marine Life

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NH3000 Antedon bifida or Featherstar a sessile crinoid sometimes found in large numbers attached to rocks by the cirri in centre of image.
NH3001 Aplysia punctata or Sea Hare widespread on rocky shores and in shallow water. Image shows three indeviduals mating in a rockpool, Abereiddy, Pembrokeshire, Spring.
NH3002 Nucella lapillus or Common Dog Whelk main predator of barnacles. Robin Hoods Bay, Spring.
NH3003 Krill (Euphausiids) are small shrimp like crustaceans, they are an important component of marine ecosystems as they provide a food source for many animals including whales
NH3004 Asterias sp. The Common Starfish showing tube feet
NH3005 Ghost Crab on beach St Luce, near Fort Dauphin
NH3006 Krill
NH3007 Beak of the Giant Squid scientifically known as Architeuthis dux, is the largest of all invertebrates. Scientists believe it can be as long as 18 metres (60 feet). This specimen was collected by Dr Gordon Williamson who worked as the resident ships biologist for the whaling company Salvesons. He examined the stomach contents of 250 Sperm Whales Physeter macrocephalus keeping the largest squid beak and discarding the smaller until he ended up with this magnificent specimen.
NH3008 The Lancelet Branchiostoma (formerly Amphioxus). This filter-feeding cephalochordate superficially resembles a fish and clearly foreshadows the evolution of vertebrates. Notice that the anterior end terminates in a rounded projection called a rostrum. Behind this are the oral cirri that direct food into the vestibule which leads to the mouth. The mouth is located in a thin membrane called the velum. Projecting forward from the base of the velum are several finger-like, ciliated patches that comprise the wheel organ. Behind the mouth is the large pharynx, which is perforated by many gill slits supported by gill bars. Also note the dorsal fin (supported by fin rays), the supporting notochord.
NH3009 A shoal of Boers Bat Fish or Platax boersi at Sipadan Island


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NH4000 Dr K.L..Alvin examining a grass Velozia sp. at Sibebe, Swaziland.
NH4001 Tree roots, Yorkshire.
NH4002 Prickly Pear or Opuntia sp. near Ceuta, Morrocco.
NH4003 Stamens of Amaryllis lily.
NH4004 Radial Longitudinal Section of Monkey puzzle wood Auracaria cunninghamia
NH4005 True Leadwood, Combritum imberbe, Lubombo, Swaziland. Cubically cracked bark
NH4006 Baobab tree at Ifaty, Madagascar.
NH4007 Decomposing leaf with lichen growth, Ranomafana, Madagascar.
NH4008 Baobab growing on tertiary limestone pavement, Tsimanampetsotsa
NH4009 Spiny Forest at Ifaty, Madagascar.
NH4010 Baobab tree with Didiereaceae at Ifaty, Madagascar.
NH4011 Baobab, Tsimanampetsotsa, south west Madagascar
NH4012 Baobab tree, Tsimanampetsotsam Madagascar
NH4013 Leaf of God; Thle-pelakano; Bitter grass Tabernanthe iboga is a rainforest shrub growing to 2 meters. Its roots contains ibogaine, a strong long-lasting psychedelic that has been used traditionally in West African coming of age rituals. Iboga extracts are also used in treating opiate addiction.


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NH5000 Ganoderma lucidum, Panacocha, Ecuador.
NH5001 Unidentified fungal rhizomorphs, feeding on dead beetle.
NH5002 Unidentified polypore fungus Panacocha, Ecuador.
NH5003 Unidentified fungus Panacocha, Ecuador.
NH5004 Pycnoporus cinnabarinus syn. Trametes cinnabarinus, Archedona, Ecuador. The orange/red colour of this bracket fungus (Polyporaceae) is quite distinctive.
NH5005 Unidentified fungus, Panacocha, Ecuador.
NH5006 Unidentified polypore fungus Panacocha, Ecuador.
NH5007 The Blusher Amanita rubescens Epping Forest, UK
NH5008 Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria, Slococks Nursery , Surrey
NH5009 Oudmansiella radicata Coed Tydynn Du wood Ceredigion
NH5010 Coprinus atramentarius or Common Ink Cap, spores have an average length of 7 microns..


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NH6000 Common frog, Rana temporaria, March, Basingstoke canal, Surrey.
NH6001 Unidentified toad, Wardens field station, Sarbaz River, Iran.
NH6002 Common frog spawn, Yorkshire.
NH6003 Xenopus sp or African Clawed frog eggs
NH6004 Smooth Newt juvenile Triturus vulgaris emerging from hibernation,Surrey
NH6005 Newt larva
NH6006 Scaphiophryne marmorata, Perinet, Madagascar
NH6007 Unidentified frog, Perinet, Madagascar
NH6008 Unidentified frog, Perinet, Madagascar
NH6009 Unidentified frog, Perinet, Madagascar
NH6010 Mantella madagascariensis Painted Mantella frog, Perinet, Madagascar.
NH6011 Bolitoglossa salamander Jatun Sacha Ecuador


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NH7000 Anolis carolinensis or Green Anole.
NH7001 Anolis lizard, saltwater mangroves near Isla Verde, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
NH7002 Anolis lizard, Welshman Hall Gully, Barbados.
NH7003 Anguis fragilis , The Slow Worm.This legless lizard is distributed over practically the whole of Europe except Ireland and Northern Scandinavia.They feed on worms and slugs.
NH7004 Sand lizards showing mating behaviour, Aynsdale dunes, Merseyside.
NH7005 Mabuya quenquetaeniata margaritifer (Peters) warming up in the morning sun, on a granite outcrop, Lubombo region, Swaziland.
NH7006 Calumma malthe Chameleon in montane rainforest, Perinet, Madagascar.
NH7007 Brookesia superciliaris or Stump Tailed Chameleon, Perinet, Madagascar.
NH7008 Sleeping Chameleon Juvenile, Perinet, Madagascar.
NH7009 Calumma nasuta, , Perinet, Madagascar.
NH7010 Phelsuma sp. Day Geckos basking under a lightbulb in tourist bungalow, Perinet, Madagascar.
NH7011 Iguanid lizard at Mangatsiaka Andohahela reserve near Taolagnaro.
NH7012 Iguanid lizard at Mangatsiaka Andohahela, south east Madagascar
NH7013 Iguanid lizard showing superb disruptive camouflage pattern on lichen covered rock substrate, Mangatsiaka Andohahala, south east Madagascar
NH7014 Large well camouflaged Gecko on a tree trunk, Andohahela, Madagascar.
NH7015 Spiny –Tailed Iguanid at Mangatsiaka near Taolagnaro, Madagascar.

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