Crazy Patterns

Help! Aliens! Some animals have such crazy patterns that you might think they’re from another planet. But these patterns are part of a clever plan! Striped fish, for example, are almost invisible among the reeds. Other animals like to cheat. Even though they’re harmless, they have a bold pattern that says: “Stay away! I’m super poisonous!”

Tokay Gecko Tokay Gecko
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Mandarin FishMandarin Fish
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Map PufferfishMap Pufferfish
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Flamingo Tongue Flamingo Tongue
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ChameleonChameleon
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Necklace StarfishNecklace Starfish
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Velvet AntVelvet Ant
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SurgeonfishSurgeonfish
Photo: Giancarlo Liguori/Shutterstock
Colobura Dirce
Colobura Dirce
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Hamadryas amphinomeHamadryas amphinome
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LionfishLionfish
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Myscelia EthusaMyscelia Ethusa
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