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Crabs, lobsters, and their relatives, also known as malacostracans, are a group of crustaceans that includes crabs, lobsters, shrimp, mantis shrimp, prawns, krill, spider crabs, woodlice and many others.

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A Dozen Dazzling Reptiles

American alligator - Alligator mississippiensis

Reptiles, with their tough skin and hard-shelled eggs, were the first group of vertebrates to fully sever the bonds with aquatic habitats and colonize the land to an extent that amphibians never could. Modern reptiles are a diverse bunch and include snakes, amphisbaenians, lizards, crocodilians, turtles, and tuatara. Here you can browse a collection of pictures and photographs of a variety of reptiles.

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Climate and the Lion's Magnificent Mane

A lion's mane is more than a bushy bunch of fur framing a big cat's face. A mane is a declaration of a lion's vitality, fighting prowess, and social status.

Velvet Worms: The Remarkable Walking Worms

Velvet worms are a group of invertebrates that includes about 110 living species. Although modern velvet worm species are all terrestrial, their ancestors were marine animals.

Sharks: From Top Predators to Gentle Filter-Feeders

Sharks are a group of cartilaginous fishes widely known for their fearsome predatory nature but some species of sharks are rather gentle in nature.

Flatworms: Meet the Planarians, Flukes, and Tapeworms

Flatworms include about 20,000 species of invertebrate animals such as planarians, tapeworms, and flukes.

Amniotes: The Innovators of the Quadruple-Membraned Egg

Amniotes are a group of tetrapods that includes birds, reptiles, and mammals. There are about 25,000 species of amniotes alive today.

Tetrapods: The Four-By-Fours of the Vertebrate World

Profile of tetrapods, a group of vertebrates that includes amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

The Bonobo's Uncertain Future

Bonobos face a precarious future unless they receive better protection throughout their current range, a new study reveals.

Cobras and Relatives

Profile of cobras and their relatives, a group of snakes that include mambas, kraits, death adders, sheildnose cobras, whipsnakes, spitting cobras, and many other groups.

Sirenians

Profile of sirenians, also known as sea cows, a group of mammals that includes dugongs and manatees.

Oceanic Dolphins

Oceanic dolphins are a group of cetaceans that includes dolphins, pilot whales, and killer whales.

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