Brian Kenney
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Articulated Turtle Skeleton, with plastron in place.  Red-Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) Most widely distributed turtle in the world, because of its popularity in the international pet trade.  Original range = Mississippi valley and all of its tributaries (NM, LA, TX, MS, AL, OK, AR, KS, TN, MO, IN, IL), with a small population in parts of Mexico adjacent to Texas.
© Brian Kenney
Articulated Turtle Skeleton,
with plastron...

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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) with fish prey on Anna Maria Island in southwest Florida.  Snowy Egrets stalk small fish in the surf, running or shuffling their feet to flush prey into view.  Once caught, they bring the fish into shallower water to consume them, so that they won't lose their catch if they drop the fish while repositioning it to be swallowed.  Summer (post-breeding) plumage.  Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
© Brian Kenney
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
with...

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Great Egret / Great White Egret / Common Egret (Ardea alba egretta / Syn: Egretta alba egretta; Casmerodius albus egretta) Picking up Stick (Nesting Material) from surface of water while Flying, 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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Red Fox Family (Vulpes vulpes) vixen and 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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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
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Malaysian Box Turtle / Asian Box Turtle / Southeast Asian Box Turtle / Amboina Box Turtle (Cuora amboinensis)  Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, & Viet Nam. Vulnerable (IUCN).  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Malaysian Box Turtle /
Asian...

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Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) in Flight, Florida.  Wood Storks Defecate on their own legs (Urohydrosis), using the evaporation of the water in the feces and urine to cool the blood vessels in the unfeathered tarsi and feet.  This leaves a whitish residue on the grey colored legs and pink feet.  Endangered Species (USESA). Breeds in the se United States (FL, GA, NC, & SC), the Caribbean, Central America, & South America.
© Brian Kenney
Wood Stork (Mycteria
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Male Western Chuckwalla (Sauromalus o. obesus) retreats to the safety of crevices in rocks when threatened.  By working its way completely into a crevice and inflating its body, this lizard can make it almost impossible for a predator to capture it.  Subspecies range = CA, NV, UT, & AZ
© Brian Kenney
Male Western Chuckwalla
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Great Egret / Great White Egret / Common Egret (Ardea alba egretta / Syn: Egretta alba egretta; Casmerodius albus egretta) in Breeding Plumage, Displaying to attract a mate, 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) searching for food, 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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American Oystercatcher / American Pied Oystercatcher / Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) 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 /
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Sahara Sand Viper / Avicenna Viper / Common Sand Viper / Egyptian Asp / Cleopatra's Asp (Cerastes vipera) burying itself in the sand.  An ambush predator with eyes located on the top of its flattened head, the Sahara Sand Viper also burrows for thermoregulation.  By burying their bodies at varying depths, changing their cardiac rythms, and dilating surface blood vessels, they can maintain a constant internal body temperature in spite of wide fluctuations in air temperature.  Venomous Snake with an LD-50 (mg/kg) of venom = 0.64 intravenous & 0.25 intraperitoneal.  north Africa (Mauritania, Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mali, Libya, Niger, Chad) & Sinai Peninsula (Egypt, Israel).
© Brian Kenney
Sahara Sand Viper /
Avicenna...


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Red-Eyed Leaf Frog / Red-Eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) Mexico to Panama.  CITES II
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Red-Eyed Leaf Frog /
Red-Eyed...

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Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) in Flight, carrying nesting material, Florida.  Endangered Species (USESA).  Breeds in the se United States (FL, GA, NC, & SC), the Caribbean, Central America, & South America.
© Brian Kenney
Wood Stork (Mycteria
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Black and Yellow Argiope Spider (Argiope aurantia)  eating Zebra Longwing Butterfly (Heliconius charitonius) prey caught in its web, Florida.
© Brian Kenney
Black and Yellow Argiope
Spider...

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Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) adult and two chicks in nest on Red Mangrove Island, Florida.  Endangered Species (USESA).  Range = se United States, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.
© Brian Kenney
Wood Stork (Mycteria
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Two Caribbean Blue Scorpions (Rhopalurus junceus) Venomous, with an LD-50 of 8.0 mg/kg intraperitoneal.  This is the most common scorpion in Cuba.  Many people are stung each year, but the only reported deaths have been from anaphylactic shock.  Escozul is a folk remedy for cancer made from the diluted venom.  This species produces a strongly audible stridulatory sound when disturbed (threat display).  Cuba, Haiti, & Venezuela.
© Brian Kenney
Two Caribbean Blue Scorpions
(Rhopalurus...

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Giant Leaftail Gecko / Common Flat-Tail Gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus) Cryptic Coloration, Camouflaged, Endemic to Madagascar.  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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Yellowleg Forest Scorpion (Heterometrus xanthopus) Venomous.  India & Pakistan.
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Yellowleg Forest Scorpion
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Giant North American Centipede / Red Headed Centipede / Giant Desert Centipede (Scolopendra heros castaneiceps)  Parental Care ~ Mother curled around and Brooding Clutch of 15 to 35 Eggs.  This is the largest centipede in North America, reaching 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) in length.  Venomous.  sw United States  & n Mexico.
© Brian Kenney
Giant North American Centipede
/...


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Great Egret / Common Egret (Ardea alba egretta / Syn: Egretta alba egretta; Casmerodius albus egretta) in Flight, Landing at Rookery on Red Mangrove Island, southwest Florida.  Subspecies range = North America.
© Brian Kenney
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White Ibis / American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus / Syn: E. ruber) Walking along the Surfline, looking for food, Florida.  Ranges from the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States to South America.
© Brian Kenney
White Ibis / American White...

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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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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) with wings spread wide, Florida.   The Alula (thumb) feathers act like the flaps on an airplane's wing, improving control and maneuverability at slower speeds when landing.   Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
© Brian Kenney
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
with...


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Skin Detail of African Elephant / Savanna Elephant (Loxodonta africana) Extensive distribution in sub-Saharan Africa.  National Animal of Ivory Coast & Kenya.  Threatened (USESA), Vulnerable (IUCN), CITES I & II.
© Brian Kenney
Skin Detail of African
Elephant...

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

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Mated Pair of Wood Storks (Mycteria americana) engaged in a Courtship Ritual called "Bill Clacking" where they strike their bills together loudly and repeatedly.  The male, standing on top of the female with his wings out for balance, is just about to mate with her at a Rookery on a Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) Island in Florida. The reproductive cycle is triggered by decreasing water levels that concentrate fish prey.  Endangered Species (USESA).  Range = se United States, the Caribbean, Central America, & South America.
© Brian Kenney
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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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Black Skimmer (Rynchops n. niger) in Flight, Skimming surface of water for fish prey, 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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Great Egret (Ardea alba egretta / Syn: Egretta alba & Casmerodius albus) in Breeding Plumage in Flight, landing in water, Florida.  The Great Egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society.
© Brian Kenney
Great Egret (Ardea alba
egretta...

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Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) Gathering Nesting Material (Red Mangrove branch), Florida.  Endangered Species (USESA).  Breeds in the se United States (FL, GA, NC, & SC), the Caribbean, Central America, & South America.
© Brian Kenney
Wood Stork (Mycteria
americana) Gathering...

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Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) Gathering Nesting Material, Florida.  Endangered Species (USESA).  Breeds in the se United States (FL, GA, NC, & SC), the Caribbean, Central America, & South America.
© Brian Kenney
Wood Stork (Mycteria
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Great Egret / Great White Egret / Common Egret (Ardea alba egretta / Syn: Egretta alba egretta; Casmerodius albus egretta) catching Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) while in Flight, Florida.  Subspecies range = North America.  Species found in tropical and temperate areas throughout the world.  SEQUENCE 3 OF 3.
© Brian Kenney
Great Egret / Great White...

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South African Bowsprit Tortoise / Angulate Tortoise (Chersina angulata) Republic of South Africa & Namibia (Africa).  CITES II.
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South African Bowsprit
Tortoise /...

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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) in full Breeding Plumage, in Flight, Florida.  Their breeding range extends from the lower Great Lakes in the United States to South America.  Protected by law under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
© Brian Kenney
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
in...

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White-Handed Gibbon (Hylobates lar) moving through trees by swinging arm over arm (brachiation).  China, Thailand, Laos, Burma, Malay Peninsula, & Sumatra.  Endangered Species (USESA & IUCN).  CITES I.
© Brian Kenney
White-Handed Gibbon (Hylobates
lar) moving...


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American Oystercatcher / American Pied Oystercatcher / Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) Adult Preening / using Foot as Comb, 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 /
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Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) with leaves fully closed about fly prey.  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 3 of 4).
© Brian Kenney
Venus Flytrap (Dionaea
muscipula) with...

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Sahara Sand Viper / Avicenna Viper / Common Sand Viper / Egyptian Asp / Cleopatra's Asp (Cerastes vipera) burying itself in the sand.  An ambush predator with eyes located on the top of its flattened head, the Sahara Sand Viper also burrows for thermoregulation.  By burying their bodies at varying depths, changing their cardiac rythms, and dilating surface blood vessels, they can maintain a constant internal body temperature in spite of wide fluctuations in air temperature.  Venomous Snake with an LD-50 (mg/kg) of venom = 0.64 intravenous & 0.25 intraperitoneal.  north Africa (Mauritania, Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mali, Libya, Niger, Chad) & Sinai Peninsula (Egypt, Israel).
© Brian Kenney
Sahara Sand Viper /
Avicenna...

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Florida Panther / Cougar / Mountain Lion / Puma (Puma concolor coryi / formerly: Felis concolor coryi) juvenile panthers lose their camouflaging spots as they mature, Florida.  Endangered (USESA), CITES I.
© Brian Kenney
Florida Panther / Cougar /...


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Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) in Flight, Florida.  Endangered Species (USESA). Breeds in the se United States (FL, GA, NC, & SC), the Caribbean, Central America, & South America.  D3x horizontal cropped to a vertical (8" x 10.5" @ 384dpi) without resizing.  Original, uncropped image is also included on this website.
© Brian Kenney
Wood Stork (Mycteria
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Yellow Rock Scorpions / Gold Ground Scorpions (Hottentotta trilineatus) Venomous, with Medically Significant Venom.  Southern Africa (Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, & Zimbabwe)
© Brian Kenney
Yellow Rock Scorpions /
Gold...

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Florida Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis pratensis) Chick Walking, Florida.  Sandhill Cranes are Precocial, with the chicks following their parents away from the nest within about four days of hatching. They will remain with the adults for up to ten months.  Subspecies range = FL & GA.  Species range = North America & extreme ne Siberia.  Threatened (FL).  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Florida Sandhill Crane (Grus
canadensis...

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Jaguar (Panthera onca) detail of fur showing distinctive pattern of small spots inside polygonal rosettes.  Widespread distribution in the new world (Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, United States, Venezuela).  National Mammal of Mexico, and National Animal of Brazil & Guyana.  Endangered (USESA) / NT (IUCN) / CITES I
© Brian Kenney
Jaguar (Panthera onca) detail
of...


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Baby Reticulated Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) standing next to its mother.  Note the difference in skin pattern.  Different subspecies of giraffe are recognized by their skin patterns, but the adult pattern takes time to develop.  Kenya, Ethiopia, & Somalia (Africa).
© Brian Kenney
Baby Reticulated Giraffe
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Patterns in Nature / Detail of Asian Leopard Fur showing distinctive pattern of rounded, small rosettes (Panthera pardus)   Endangered Species (USESA).  Near Threatened (IUCN).  CITES I.
© Brian Kenney
Patterns in Nature / Detail...

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Southern Bald Ibis (Geronticus calvus) Southern Africa. Vulnerable (IUCN).  CITES II
© Brian Kenney
Southern Bald Ibis (Geronticus
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Brown Pelican / Eastern Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis carolinensis) in breeding plumage, in flight, landing, Florida.  State Bird of Louisiana.  Protected by Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
© Brian Kenney
Brown Pelican / Eastern
Brown...


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Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) excavating nest hole in dead palm tree (note wood chips in mouth), Venice, Florida.  Species range = southern Canada and eastern United States.
© Brian Kenney
Red-bellied Woodpecker
(Melanerpes carolinus)
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Yellow Scorpion (Androctonus amoreuxi)  Venomous / Deadly / Medically Significant Venom with an LD-50 value of 0.75 mg/kg subcutaneous & 0.88 mg/kg intramuscular.  The genus name "Androctonus" roughly translates as "man-killer", and this genus is one of the most dangerous groups of scorpion species in the world.  Widespread Distribution in Africa (Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal, Sudan) and Asia (Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia).
© Brian Kenney
Yellow Scorpion (Androctonus
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Asian Leopard (Panthera pardus)  with wet fur, Asia. Endangered Species (USESA).  Near Threatened (IUCN).  CITES I.
© Brian Kenney
Asian Leopard (Panthera
pardus) with...

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Great Blue Heron (Ardea h. herodias) in Flight, southwest Florida.
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Grande Terre Giant Gecko / New Caledonian Giant Gecko / Leach's Giant Gecko / Leachie Gecko / The Devil in the Trees (Rhacodactylus l. leachianus) Subspecies is endemic to Grande Terre, the main island of New Caledonia.  Species is also found on several of the smaller islands in the group.  Largest gecko species in the world at up to 14 inches (360mm) ... an example of island gigantism.
© Brian Kenney
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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. CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Baby Emerald Tree Boa
(Corallus...

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Great Blue Heron (Ardea h. herodias) in Flight, landing with Nesting Material at a Rookery on a Red Mangrove island, greeted by mate, Florida.
© Brian Kenney
Great Blue Heron (Ardea h....

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Groundhog / Woodchuck / Whistle-Pig / Land-Beaver (Marmota monax) gathering fall leaves, North Carolina.  Groundhogs are one of the few species that enter into true hibernation.  The species is common, with an extensive distribution in the United States and Canada.
© Brian Kenney
Groundhog / Woodchuck /
Whistle-Pig...


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