Wild Things: Life as We Know It

Mosquitoes, New Zealand flightless birds, pink lizards and more

In a span of ten years, more than 1,000 species were discovered in Southeast Asia's Greater Mekong region. (Rene Ries)

Vision Thing

(Maura McCarthy)
The rarely seen spookfish dwells in dark ocean depths, where bioluminescent flashes from other creatures can be the only light. When scientists this past year caught a live spookfish for the first time in the South Pacific, they found its two elaborate eyes are positioned to capture light from both above and below. Stranger still, reflective crystals focus light onto the retina—making the spookfish the only vertebrate whose vision is based on mirrors.

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