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Gouldian finches are polymorphic, with three possible head color variations—black, yellow, or red.
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Madagascar's geologic history set the stage for the evolution of the island's unique flora and fauna.

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Cephalopod Awareness Days

Help us celebrate this intelligent class of invertebrates, which includes octopuses, squids, nautiluses, and cuttlefish.

The chambered nautilus is a living feat of engineering: It literally builds itself a home as it grows.
Cephalopod Awareness Days
The octopus is regarded as the world's smartest invertebrate, and a new study adds evidence to that claim.
Cephalopod Awareness Days
Among octopuses, researchers are finding that the larger Pacific striped octopus is a bit of an oddball.

The Importance of Rainforests

Saving the rainforests—rich in biodiversity and critical to the carbon cycle—can help save our planet.

Scientists offer solutions to protect forests and biodiversity in Borneo and promote economic growth.
The Importance of Rainforests
This forest reserve in Peru has the largest amphibian and reptile diversity on the planet.
The Importance of Rainforests
Two recent studies demonstrate how vegetation in the rainforest increases rainfall.

Color in Nature

More than purely pretty, color plays an invaluable role in sending signals between living organisms.

Flamboyant Cuttlefish
Learn how and why octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish change colors.
Color in Nature
Some octopuses can sense light with their skin.
Color in Nature
Discover how monarch butterflies' iconic colors are displayed in their genes.

The Future of Coral Reefs

Scientists are working on new solutions for saving these beautiful, biologically diverse, and crucial habitats.

What is the secret to reef recovery?
The Future of Coral Reefs
Coral reefs are in trouble globally, but efforts are underway to save them.
The Future of Coral Reefs
How are some corals able to withstand natural warming? Can we learn from these reefs to help protect others?

Academy Voices

Learn more about the symbiosis between cleaner wrasses and their clients
Genomics provides evidence for the role of selection in the diversification of fishes.
Academy researcher John McCosker talks about local sharks and efforts to protect them.
Academy scientists describe some of the spectacular organisms that can be discovered in the shallows.

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With the drought in California, salmon smolts are hitching a ride to get to the open ocean.

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A newly discovered frog can change textures from smooth to "punk rocker" in a matter of minutes!
By taking high resolution images of our collections, the Academy is making our specimens available to the world.
The dottyback, a small reef fish, can use mimicry to fool multiple species of prey.
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