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Royal Society reveals best nature pictures of the year

Tadpoles overhead. Overall winner, Category winner: Ecology and Environmental Science. Tadpoles of many anuran species come in high numbers, but not many make it to adulthood. Here a group of common toad (Bufo bufo) tadpoles is seen from below by Bert Willaert, Belgium. It was shot with a canon G12 camera in a Recsea underwater housing and a Dyron dome port.

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Javan Hawk Eagle - endangered ~ One of the rarest of all raptors, the Javan Hawk-eagle is believed to be a monogamous species. The female usually lays one egg in nest high on top of forest trees. The diet consists mainly of birds, lizards, fruit bats and mammals.

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Scientists unveil 20 new species ...but with a blue scorpion, and a tarantula the size of a hand, couldn't we have got by without knowing?

The satanic leaf-tailed gecko was observed in the Mantadia-Zahamena corridor of Madagascar in 1998

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Amphibians facing 'terrifying' rate of extinction

Amazon milk frog - The Mission golden-eyed tree frog or Amazon milk frog (Trachycephalus resinifictrix) is a large species of arboreal frog native to the Amazon Rainforest in South America. It is sometimes referred to as the blue milk frog. It was first discovered along the Maracanã River in Brazil.

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Scientists unveil 20 new species ...but with a blue scorpion, and a tarantula the size of a hand, couldn't we have got by without knowing?

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Male four-horned chameleons (Chamaeleo quadricornis) have between two and six horns and can reach up to 40 cm in length. Also known as Cameroon bearded chameleons,

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Animals in the wild: wildlife around the world

Sabah, northern Borneo The region is also home to a number of species that are harder to spot and, dependent on your tastes, less cute than their larger, fur clad neighbours. A Bornean horned frog is pictured here, but you can also see worms as long as your arm, fish that jump and numerous other unusual animals. Picture: Alamy

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