Brian Kenney
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Barking Treefrog (Hyla gratiosa) Endemic to the United States (AL, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, NJ, SC, TN, & VA).  Endangered Species by State Law in Delaware & Maryland.
© Brian Kenney
Barking Treefrog (Hyla
gratiosa) Endemic...

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Australian White's Treefrog / Green Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea) The skin secretions of this frog have antibacterial and antiviral properties that may have medicinal uses; several of the peptides have been found to inhibit HIV infection without harming healthy T-cells.  Species has a widespread distribution in Australia & New Guinea (Indonesia & Papua New Guinea).
© Brian Kenney
Australian White's Treefrog /
Green...

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Baby Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus caninus) northern South America.  These arboreal constrictors are usually red or rust colored at birth, transforming to a brilliant green as they mature.  The prominent heat-sensing pits enable these nocturnal snakes to locate warm-blooded prey with great accuracy in total darkness.  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Baby Emerald Tree Boa
(Corallus...

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Carolina Mantis (Stagmomantis carolina) eating a Short-Winged Meadow Katydid (Conocephalus brevipennis) Florida.  Range = Southern United States.  State Insect of South Carolina.
© Brian Kenney
Carolina Mantis (Stagmomantis
carolina) eating...


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Great Egret / Great White Egret / Common Egret (Ardea alba egretta / Syn: Egretta alba egretta; Casmerodius albus egretta) in Breeding Plumage, in Flight, Florida.  Subspecies range = North America.  Species found in tropical and temperate areas throughout the world.
© Brian Kenney
Great Egret / Great White...

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Madagascar Giant Day Gecko (Phelsuma grandis) Licking eye with tongue to clean.  Endemic to Madagascar.  Introduced to Mauritius & Réunion.  Considered to be a subspecies of the Madagascar Day Gecko (Phelsuma madagascariensis) until elevated to full species status in 2007.  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Madagascar Giant Day Gecko
(Phelsuma...

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Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) grows to 9 feet (2.7m) over its 150 year lifespan. This fish is a source of Caviar & Isinglass (a form of collagen used for the clarification of beer and wine).  Living Fossils ... little changed in millions of years.  Skin has rows of bony plates.  United States & Canada . CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser
fulvescens) grows...

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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) catching a fish while in flight, Florida. Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
© Brian Kenney
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
catching...


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Boat-Tailed Grackle / Jackdaw / Saltwater Blackbird (Quiscalus major westoni) female drinking from the end of a dripping hose at a fish-cleaning station on a fishing pier, Florida.  Eye color varies from region to region.  Florida birds have dark eyes.  Subspecies range = most of Florida.  Species range = Gulf & Atlantic coasts of the United States.  Sexually Dimorphic.  Adult males have iridescent black plumage, long dark bill, and long keel-shaped tail.  Adult females are tawny-brown in color, with darker wings and tail, and are shorter tailed than the males.  The Harem Polygyny mating system of the Jackdaws is unique among North American songbirds.  Females cluster their nests, and males compete to defend the entire colony and mate there.  Urban Wildlife.
© Brian Kenney
Boat-Tailed Grackle / Jackdaw
/...

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Gargoyle Gecko / New Caledonian Bumpy Gecko / Knob-Headed Giant Gecko (Rhacodactylus auriculatus) This highly variable gecko is endemic to Grande Terre, the main island of New Caledonia.
© Brian Kenney
Gargoyle Gecko / New
Caledonian...

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Oleander (Polka Dot) Moths (Syntomeida epilais) on ixora, pair, Florida, wasp mimics
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Oleander (Polka Dot) Moths
(Syntomeida...

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Albino Florida Softshell Turtle (Apalone ferox, Syn: Trionyx ferox) hatchling, Florida
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Albino Florida Softshell
Turtle (Apalone...


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Blue-streaked Lory / Blue-necked Lory (Eos reticulata) Preening, Tanimbar Islands, Indonesia. CITES II.
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Blue-streaked Lory /
Blue-necked Lory...

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Prehensile-Tailed Gecko / Bauer's Chameleon Gecko (Eurydactylodes agricolae) licking eye with tongue to clean.  Arboreal, nocturnal gecko endemic to Grande Terre, the main island of New Caledonia.  Near Threatened (IUCN)
© Brian Kenney
Prehensile-Tailed Gecko /
Bauer's Chameleon...

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Red Fox Family (Vulpes vulpes) vixen and three kits, Minnesota.  A group of foxes is also known as a leash, skulk, earth, troop, or lead of foxes.  Widespread distribution across the entire northern hemisphere.  Introduced to Australia, New Zealand, and the Falkland Islands.
© Brian Kenney
Red Fox Family (Vulpes
vulpes)...

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Ferocious Water Bug / Giant Water Bug (Abedus herberti) Male partially underwater with Eggs on its back.  Unusual Parental Care Behavior.  Female cements up to 150 eggs to male's forewings.  Eggs take about three weeks to hatch.  During this period, male keeps the eggs wet and aerates them periodically (as in this case, where the male has positioned himself so that most of the eggs are above the surface of the water and exposed to the air).  Ferocious water bugs are able to sense storms and leave their streams for higher ground when flash floods threaten.  Arizona and Mexico.  Digitally retouched; distracting elements removed.
© Brian Kenney
Ferocious Water Bug / Giant...


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Big-Headed Turtle (Platysternon megacephalum) China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, & Myanmar (Asia).  Endangered (IUCN).  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Big-Headed Turtle
(Platysternon megacephalum)
China,...

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Articulated Skeleton of a Fruit Bat (Family Pteropodidae)
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Articulated Skeleton of a
Fruit...

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Variable Scorpion (Paruroctonus variabilis) Venomous.  Endemic to California (United States).
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Variable Scorpion
(Paruroctonus variabilis)
Venomous....

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Gold Dust Day Gecko / Broad-Tailed Day Gecko (Phelsuma laticauda) Licking eye with tongue to clean.  Endemic to Madagacar.  Species introduced to Comoros, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Mauritius, Mayotte, Réunion, & Seychelles.  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Gold Dust Day Gecko /...


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Rooster / Cock (Gallus gallus) Dustbathing, Florida.  Domestic breed of Chicken.  Birds bath in water, dust, and even ants.
© Brian Kenney
Rooster / Cock (Gallus
gallus)...

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Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) in Flight in non-peak breeding plumage (tan head and back feathers, but no color to lores or feet), Florida.  The Cattle Egret is native to parts of Africa, Asia, and Europe, but it has successfully colonized much of the world.
© Brian Kenney
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
in...

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Great Green Macaw / Buffon's Macaw (Ara ambiguus / Formerly: Ara ambigua) Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, & Ecuador.  Endangered (IUCN).  CITES I.
© Brian Kenney
Great Green Macaw /
Buffon's...

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Carpet Chameleon / Jeweled Chameleon / White-Lined Chameleon (Furcifer lateralis) This species is capable of rapid color changes; male in bright, threat colors.  Endemic to Madagascar.  CITES II.  The Furcifer lateralis species complex has recently been revised to form three distinct species: Furcifer lateralis, Furcifer major, & Furcifer viridis.
© Brian Kenney
Carpet Chameleon / Jeweled
Chameleon...


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Black Skimmer (Rynchops n. niger) Juvenile preening / pulling feather through bill, Anna Maria Island, Gulf of Mexico, Florida.  Subspecies breeds in colonies on the Atlantic coast of North America and from southern California to Ecuador on the Pacific.
© Brian Kenney
Black Skimmer (Rynchops n.
niger)...

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Tricolor Poison Arrow Frog (Epitedobates tricolor) Endangered Species, Ecuador
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Tricolor Poison Arrow Frog
(Epitedobates...

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Common Great Horned Owl (Bubo v. virginianus) Florida.  Ear Tufts are tufts of feathers, rather than actual ears.  Species breeds throughout the Americas, and follows Bergmann's Rule (larger individuals found towards the Polar regions, and smaller ones near the Equator).
© Brian Kenney
Common Great Horned Owl
(Bubo...

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Florida Bark Scorpion / Slender Brown Scorpion / Brown Bark Scorpion (Centruroides gracilis) Venomous, Florida.  Species is native to Mexico, Antilles, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Venezuela.  Species has been introduced in the United States (FL, GA, & AL), Africa (Cameroon, Gabon), Europe (Canary Islands), the Caribbean (Cuba, Martinique), Central America (Panama), and South America (Colombia).
© Brian Kenney
Florida Bark Scorpion /
Slender...


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Great Egret / Common Egret (Ardea alba egretta / Syn: Egretta alba egretta; Casmerodius albus egretta) in Flight with nesting material (wishbone-shaped stick), southwest Florida.  Subspecies range = North America.
© Brian Kenney
Great Egret / Common Egret...

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Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) White Morph, in full Breeding Plumage, Preening, Florida.  Resident breeder in the southern United States (Gulf states & CA), the Caribbean, & Central America.
© Brian Kenney
Reddish Egret (Egretta
rufescens) White...

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Tiger Beetle (Cicindela hirtilabris) walks on tiptoe to keep its body cool when crossing hot sands in scrub habitat, peninsular Florida & se Georgia (thermoregulation).
© Brian Kenney
Tiger Beetle (Cicindela
hirtilabris) walks...

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Barn Owl / Common Barn Owl (Tyto alba pratincola) Florida.  Most widely distributed owl, and one of the most widely distributed birds worldwide.  Subspecies range = North America (s Canada through c Mexico), Bermuda, Bahamas, Hispaniola, & Hawaii (introduced).
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Barn Owl / Common Barn...


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Great Blue Heron (Ardea h. herodias) in Flight, Florida.
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Great Blue Heron (Ardea h....

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Checkered Swallowtail / Lime Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus)  Indo-Australia and the Middle East
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Checkered Swallowtail / Lime
Swallowtail...

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Labrador Retriever / Labrador (Canis lupus familiaris / Syn: Canis familiaris)  is the most popular breed of dog in the world.  "American" or "field-bred" labs like this one are lighter in build and have a shorter coat than "English" or "show-bred" stock.  Black Lab "Hanna" jumping for a bumper (toy) during a Dog Olympics vertical challenge.  Model Release.
© Brian Kenney
Labrador Retriever / Labrador
(Canis...

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Chaco Horned Frog (Ceratophrys cranwelli) eating mouse prey.  Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, & Paraguay (South America).
© Brian Kenney
Chaco Horned Frog (Ceratophrys
cranwelli)...


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English Springer Spaniel (Canis lupus familiaris) playing at the beach in southwest Florida.  This Breed was developed in the 1600's to "Spring" or Flush Gamebirds into the air where a trained falcon or hawk could capture them and bring them to the handler.  MR.
© Brian Kenney
English Springer Spaniel
(Canis lupus...

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Australian White's Treefrog / Green Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea) Eye Detail.  The skin secretions of this frog have antibacterial and antiviral properties that may have medicinal uses; several of the peptides have been found to inhibit HIV infection without harming healthy T-cells.  Species has a widespread distribution in Australia & New Guinea (Indonesia & Papua New Guinea).
© Brian Kenney
Australian White's Treefrog /
Green...

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Great Egret / Great White Egret / Common Egret (Ardea alba egretta / Syn: Egretta alba egretta; Casmerodius albus egretta) Adult & young Chick on Nest, Florida.  Subspecies range = North America.  Species found in tropical and temperate areas throughout the world.
© Brian Kenney
Great Egret / Great White...

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Great Egret / Great White Egret / Common Egret (Ardea alba egretta / Syn: Egretta alba egretta; Casmerodius albus egretta) in Breeding Plumage, in Flight, Florida.  Subspecies range = North America.  Species found in tropical and temperate areas throughout the world.  SEQUENCE 1 of 3.
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American Oystercatcher / American Pied Oystercatcher / Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) Adult (shaking to realign flight feathers after bathing and preening) and Baby (lying down) on oyster bar, Gulf of Mexico, Florida.  The young are Precocial, leaving the nest within about three days of hatching, but staying with the parents for 35+ days before fledging.  Range = coastal areas of North, Central, & South America from Baja California & New England south to Argentina & Chile.  Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
© Brian Kenney
American Oystercatcher /
American Pied...

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American Oystercatcher / American Pied Oystercatcher / Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) Flapping wings to realign flight feathers after bathing, Gulf of Mexico, Florida.  Range = coastal areas of  North, Central, & South America from Baja California & New England south to Argentina & Chile.  Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
© Brian Kenney
American Oystercatcher /
American Pied...

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Giant Leaftail Gecko / Common Flat-Tail Gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus) Cryptic Coloration, Camouflaged, Endemic to Madagascar.  This species typically has tan eyes with a vertical striped pattern of reddish brown, laterally compressed circles around the vertical stenopeic pupil.  CITES II.  The Leaf-Tailed Geckos of Madagascar (Uroplatus) are very similar in appearance and behavior to the distantly related Leaf-Tailed Geckos of Australia ( Saltuarius & Phyllurus), an example of convergent evolution.
© Brian Kenney
Giant Leaftail Gecko /
Common...

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Great Egret / Great White Egret / Common Egret (Ardea alba egretta / Syn: Egretta alba egretta & Casmerodius albus egretta).  Two Male Great Egrets Fighting in the Sky in a Territorial Dispute over a Nesting Site at a busy Rookery in southwest Florida.
© Brian Kenney
Great Egret / Great White...


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Great Egret / Great White Egret / Common Egret (Ardea alba egretta / Syn: Egretta alba egretta; Casmerodius albus egretta) in Breeding Plumage, in Flight, with Nesting Material, Florida.  Subspecies range = North America.  Species found in tropical and temperate areas throughout the world.
© Brian Kenney
Great Egret / Great White...

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American Oystercatcher / American Pied Oystercatcher / Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) Young bird searching for food on oyster bar, Gulf of Mexico, Florida.  The young are Precocial, leaving the nest within about three days of hatching, but staying with the parents for 35+ days before fledging.  Range = coastal areas of North, Central, & South America from Baja California & New England south to Argentina & Chile.  Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
© Brian Kenney
American Oystercatcher /
American Pied...

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Eastern Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis carolinensis) Adult in Breeding Plumage Bathing in the Gulf of Mexico, Florida.  State Bird of Louisiana.
© Brian Kenney
Eastern Brown Pelican
(Pelecanus occidentalis...

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Green-Winged Macaw / Red & Green Macaw / Red & Blue Macaw (Ara chloroptera) Preening / Pulling Feather through Bill to realign Barbules.  Panama & South America.  CITES II.
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Green-Winged Macaw / Red &...


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Bee Assassin (Zelus longipes) eating Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) prey on Spanish Needles flower, Florida.  This species of assassin bug mimics the Large Milkweed Bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus), which tastes bad to predators (Batesian Mimicry).
© Brian Kenney
Bee Assassin (Zelus longipes)
eating...

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Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) with leaves fully closed about fly prey (body of fly visible as dark spot against backlit leaves).  When an insect or spider crawling along the leaves trips two trigger hairs (trichomes) within 20 seconds of each other or one trigger hair twice in rapid succession, the leaves snap together in about 1/10th of a second, trapping the creature.  The Venus Flytrap is one of a very small group of plants capable of rapid movement, including sundews, bladderworts, and Telegraph plants.  State Carnivorous Plant of North Carolina.  Vulnerable (IUCN).  Sequence (photo 4 of 4).
© Brian Kenney
Venus Flytrap (Dionaea
muscipula) with...

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West African Side-Necked Turtle / West African Mud Turtle (Pelusios castaneus)  Mauritania to Nigeria (west Africa).  Introduced on Guadeloupe, Lesser Antilles.
© Brian Kenney
West African Side-Necked
Turtle /...

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Great Blue Heron (Ardea h. herodias) in Flight, with Nesting Material, southwest Florida.  Subspecies range = southern Florida and the Caribbean Islands.  Species range = Canada to South America.
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Great Blue Heron (Ardea h. herodias) in Flight; Landing at Nest on Red Mangrove Island with Nesting Material; Greeted by Mate; southwest Florida.
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Great Blue Heron (Ardea h....

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Harbor Seal / Common Seal (Phoca vitulina) is the most widely distributed pinniped.  Found in the coastal waters of the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Baltic Sea, and the North Sea.  Note long, sensitive whiskers.
© Brian Kenney
Harbor Seal / Common Seal...

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Florida Viceroy Butterfly (Basilarchia archippus floridensis) Florida.  Detail of the underside of the living butterfly's wing shows the color patterns of the scales on the wing membrane and the supporting framework of veins.  For many years, Viceroys were considered to be Batesian mimics of the Monarch (Danaus plexippus) and Queen (Danaus gilippus) butterflies, which gain protection from vertebrate predators by injesting toxins from their milkweed host plants while they are caterpillars. Recent evidence suggests that the relationship between the three species is more a case of Mullerian mimicry, with all three butterflies acting as bad-tasting "models".  The Viceroy acquires its bad taste by injesting the bitter salicylic acid found in the leaves of its willow tree host while it is a caterpillar.  Salacylic acid is a major ingredient of aspirin, a common non-prescription pain killer.  The Viceroy is found in wetlands with willows throughout Florida.
© Brian Kenney
Florida Viceroy Butterfly
(Basilarchia archippus...

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Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) India.  Endangered Species (USESA & IUCN).  CITES I.
© Brian Kenney
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris
tigris)...


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