Common Prawn

The Common Prawn (Palaemon serratus) is a marine (saltwater) crustacean in the Palaemonidae family of invertebrate ten-footed shrimp (decapod). It is related to the crab and the lobster.

The Common Prawn is transparent (see-through) to pinkish-brown with reddish striped-liked markings and patterns. It has an exo-skeleton (outside skeleton) called a carapace or shell. Its forward extension of the carapace in front of its eyes, called the rostrum, curves upwards. The rostrum is also bifurcated at the tip, which means that it is split into two parts. It has long, white antennae. It has bulging eyes. It has ten legs.

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European Dark Bee

The European Dark Bee (Apis mellifera mellifera) is an insect and a sub-species of the Western Honeybee, also called the European Honeybee (Apis mellifera). It is also known as the German Black Bee or the German Dark Bee.  

The European Dark Bee has a head, thorax (chest), and abdomen (stomach) with a stinger. It has a brown-black abdomen with a few lighter spots on its abdomen. Its wings are transparent. It has six legs, and large eyes.

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Frog Eyes

A frog has bulging eyes.

A frog has three eyelid membranes. One is transparent (see through) to protect the eyes when the frog is underwater. The other two eyelid membranes vary from translucent (clear) to opaque (cloudy).

Its eyes are at the top of its head, and may be the only part of a submerged frog that is seen above the water. 

A frog’s iris can have a range of colours and its pupil can be a variety of shapes. 

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Common Picture Wing Dragonfly

The Common Picture Wing Dragonfly (Rhyothemis variagata) is also known as the Variegated Flutterer. It is an insect in the Libellulidae family.

The Common Picture Wing has four transparent and yellow wings with black markings. Its abdomen and head are dark-coloured with a green sheen. The female has more yellow on her hind-wings than the male. The male has no yellow colouring on his fore-wings.

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Glass Catfish

The Glass Catfish (Kryptopterus vitreolus) is a small transparent freshwater fish. It is also called the Ghost Catfish or the Phantom Catfish.

The Glass Catfish is transparent, and it does not have outer scales. Therefore, its organs are visible – even its heart can be seen. Most of its organs are located near its head. It has two long barbels (string-like structures) near its mouth. When it dies, it becomes milky white.

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