Brian Kenney
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Asian Leopard (Panthera pardus)   Endangered Species (USESA).  Near Threatened (IUCN).  CITES I.
© Brian Kenney
Asian Leopard (Panthera
pardus) Endangered...

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Red Lionfish / Black Lionfish / Volitans Lionfish / Peacock Lionfish / Red Firefish (Pterois volitans) Eye Detail.  The Red Lionfish inhabits coral reefs in the Indian and western Pacific Oceans.  It is also found along the Atlantic coast of the United States from Florida to Long Island, New York.  The showy fish, which is often kept in saltwater aquariums, was "likely first introduced off the Florida coast in the early to mid 1990's" according to Wikipedia.
© Brian Kenney
Red Lionfish / Black
Lionfish...

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Io Moth (Automeris io) mature, final instar caterpillar curled defensively around a plant stem with stinging spines outward, Florida.  The caterpillars have urticating spines with a sting similar to that of stinging nettle, but longer lasting.  North American saturniid moth found from southern Canada to Florida and New Mexico.
© Brian Kenney
Io Moth (Automeris io)
mature,...

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Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) Calling at entrance to nest hole in dead palm tree, Sanibel Island, Florida.  Species range = southern Canada and eastern United States.
© Brian Kenney
Red-bellied Woodpecker
(Melanerpes carolinus)
Calling...


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Indian Star Tortoise (Geochelone elegans)  The elaborate shell markings create disruptive patterns that break up the outline of the tortoise and help to camouflage it.  The shape of the shell is similar to a Mathematical Construct called a "Gomboc Object", and naturally returns the tortoise to a stable upright position after it has been turned over.  Star Tortoises from eastern Pakistan and western India have a dull dirty brown or beige color.  Those from southern India & Sri Lanka are more brightly colored.  India, Pakistan, & Sri Lanka.  CITES II.  List IV of Indian Wildlife Protection Act.
© Brian Kenney
Indian Star Tortoise
(Geochelone elegans)...

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Double-Crested Cormorant / Florida Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus floridanus) drying wings.  The species is widely distributed across North America, but the subspecies is only abundant in Florida.
© Brian Kenney
Double-Crested Cormorant /
Florida Cormorant...

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Double-Crested Cormorant / Florida Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus floridanus) drying wings.  The species is widely distributed across North America, but the subspecies is only abundant in Florida.
© Brian Kenney
Double-Crested Cormorant /
Florida Cormorant...

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American Oystercatcher / American Pied Oystercatcher / Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) in Flight, 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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Tink Frog (Eleutherodactylus diastema) Male calling at night to attract a mate, Pacific Coast, Costa Rica.  This species is not typical of Eleutherodactylus frogs since it is arboreal and has enlarged discs on the finger and toe tips.  Species occurs from Nicaragua to Colombia.
© Brian Kenney
Tink Frog (Eleutherodactylus
diastema) Male...

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Female Cow Killer (Dasymutilla occidentalis) on Prickly Pear cactus, Florida. Flightless female mimics ant.  Sexual dimorphism.
© Brian Kenney
Female Cow Killer (Dasymutilla
occidentalis)...

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Malaysian King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) Skin Detail.  World's Largest Venomous Snake, growing to a length of 18.5 ft (5.7m).  Potent neurotoxic venom attacks the victim's central nervous system, inducing severe pain, blurred vision, vertigo, drowsiness, and paralysis, followed by cardiovascular collapse, coma, and death.  LD-50 (mg/kg) of venom = 1.7 subcutaneous, 1.8 intramuscular, 1.31 intravenous, & 1.644 intraperitoneal.  Scientists believe that components of the venom have the potential to treat neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.  SE Asia, India, and China.  Vulnerable (IUCN). CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Malaysian King Cobra
(Ophiophagus hannah)...

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Four-Horned Chameleon / Cameroon Bearded Chameleon (Trioceros quadricornis / formerly: Chamaeleo quadricornis) Cameroon, Africa.  CITES II.  This species is capable of rapid color changes; bright, threat colors.  2/2.
© Brian Kenney
Four-Horned Chameleon /
Cameroon Bearded...


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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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Frilled Leaftail Gecko / Henkel's Leaf-Tailed Gecko (Uroplatus henkeli) Perfectly camouflaged on a branch.  Endemic to Madagascar.  Vulnerable (IUCN) / 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
Frilled Leaftail Gecko /
Henkel's...

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Gargoyle Gecko / New Caledonian Bumpy Gecko / Knob-Headed Giant Gecko (Rhacodactylus auriculatus) licking eye with tongue to clean.  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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Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) in flight, Florida.  Resident breeder in the southern United States (Gulf states & CA), the Caribbean, & Central America.
© Brian Kenney
Reddish Egret (Egretta
rufescens) in...


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Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) in Flight, carrying nesting material (an entire tree), 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) in...

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Potter Wasp (Eumenes fraternus) Female laying egg inside mud "pot" that she built to house her larvae, southwest Florida.
© Brian Kenney
Potter Wasp (Eumenes
fraternus) Female...

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Barking Treefrog (Hyla gratiosa) Male has green or yellow throat.  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) Male...

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Margay / Tree Ocelot (Leopardus wiedii / Formerly: Felis wiedi) Mexico to Argentina. Endangered Species (USESA), Near Threatened (IUCN), CITES I.
© Brian Kenney
Margay / Tree Ocelot
(Leopardus...


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Colombian Brown Tarantula (Pamphobeteus fortis) Female with Grasshopper prey.  Colombia, South America.
© Brian Kenney
Colombian Brown Tarantula
(Pamphobeteus fortis)...

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Brazilian Rainbow Boa / Rainbow Slender Boa (Epicrates c. cenchria) is named for the Iridescent Sheen to the skin that is visible in the sunlight.  s Venezuela & the Guianas through the Amazon Basin (South America).  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Brazilian Rainbow Boa /
Rainbow...

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Rough Thick-Toed Gecko / Rough-Scaled Gecko / Wrinkled Thick-Toed Gecko (Pachydactylus rugosus) When threatened, these geckos curl their tails and mimic the movements a scorpion uses in its threat display.  Endemic to southern Africa (Botswana, Namibia, South Africa).
© Brian Kenney
Rough Thick-Toed Gecko /
Rough-Scaled...

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Margay / Tree Ocelot (Leopardus wiedii / Formerly: Felis wiedi) Mexico to Argentina. Endangered Species (USESA), Near Threatened (IUCN), CITES I.
© Brian Kenney
Margay / Tree Ocelot
(Leopardus...


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Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii / Syn: Macroclemys temminckii) hunts by lying motionless underwater with its mouth wide open.  A Vermiform (worm-shaped) appendage on the tip of the tongue is used to lure small fish within range of the jaws in a form of Peckhamian Mimicry.  This ambush predator is one of the biggest freshwater turtles in the world, with a record weight of 236 lbs.  Endangered by state law in IL & IN.  Vulnerable (IUCN).  CITES III.
© Brian Kenney
Alligator Snapping Turtle
(Macrochelys temminckii...

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American Oystercatcher / American Pied Oystercatcher / Oystercatcher  (Haematopus palliatus) mom settling down to incubate egg in scrape nest on beach (single egg visible, directly in front of legs), Blind Pass, Manasota Key, Florida.  Two to four eggs are laid in the unlined nest, and incubation takes 24 to 29 days.  Both parents share the incubation and nest guarding duties.  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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Zimbabwe  Girdled Lizard / Rhodesian Girdled Lizard (Cordylus rhodesianus) Endemic to eastern highlands of Zimbabwe and Chimanimani Mountains of Mozambique in Africa.  CITES II.  Defense is to wedge itself into crevices between rocks, often with only the armored tail visible.
© Brian Kenney
Zimbabwe Girdled Lizard /
Rhodesian...

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Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii / Syn: Macroclemys temminckii) hunts by lying motionless underwater with its mouth wide open.  A Vermiform (worm-shaped) appendage on the tip of the tongue is used to lure small fish within range of the jaws in a form of Peckhamian Mimicry.  This ambush predator is one of the biggest freshwater turtles in the world, with a record weight of 236 lbs.  Endangered by state law in IL & IN.  Vulnerable (IUCN).  CITES III.
© Brian Kenney
Alligator Snapping Turtle
(Macrochelys temminckii...


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Great Blue Heron (Ardea h. herodias) with Walking Catfish (Clarias batrachus) prey, Anhinga Trail, Everglades National Park, Florida.
© Brian Kenney
Great Blue Heron (Ardea h....

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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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Brown Pelican / Eastern Brown Pelican(Pelecanus occidentalis carolinensis) Adult in Breeding Plumage Bathing in Gulf of Mexico, Florida.  State Bird of Louisiana.  Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
© Brian Kenney
Brown Pelican / Eastern
Brown...

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Green-Eyed Gecko / Smith's Green-Eyed Gecko / Large Forest Gecko (Gekko smithii) Eye Detail showing vertical stenopeic pupil.  Widespread distribution in Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, & Thailand).
© Brian Kenney
Green-Eyed Gecko / Smith's
Green-Eyed...


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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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Male Osprey (Pandion haliaetus carolinensis) in flight, Florida.  The Osprey is also known as a Seahawk, Fish Hawk, and Fish Eagle.  This successful diurnal raptor is found on all continents throughout the world with the exception of Antarctica.
© Brian Kenney
Male Osprey (Pandion haliaetus
carolinensis)...

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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
americana) in...

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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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Chinese Mantid (Tenodera sinensis / often misidentified as: Tenodera aridifolia sinensis) eating a Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly (Phoebis sennae) Tennessee.  Native to China, the Chinese Mantid was introduced into North America in the late nineteenth century as a source of pest control.  The Praying Mantis Kung-Fu style is based on the movements of this species.
© Brian Kenney
Chinese Mantid (Tenodera
sinensis /...

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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) in Flight, with Fish prey, Florida. Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
© Brian Kenney
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
in...

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Florida Panther / Cougar / Mountain Lion / Puma (Puma concolor coryi / formerly: Felis concolor coryi) two kittens well camouflaged by their spotted fur in the dappled light on the forest floor, Florida.  Endangered (USESA), CITES I.
© Brian Kenney
Florida Panther / Cougar /...

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Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo)  One of largest owls in the world.  Ear Tufts are tufts of feathers, rather than actual ears.  Europe & Asia.  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo
bubo)...


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Tricolor Rough Coat Border Collie Playing Frisbee, Florida.  The Border Collie Breed (Canis lupus  familiaris) was developed in the Scottish / English Border country around 1900 as working dogs for herding sheep.  MR.
© Brian Kenney
Tricolor Rough Coat Border
Collie...

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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) in Breeding Plumage Walking along the water's edge on Siesta Key Beach in southwest Florida.  Snowy Egrets develop red lores, reddish-orange feet, and recurved plumes on their backs during the spring breeding season.  Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
© Brian Kenney
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
in...

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Ornate Wood Turtle / Central American Wood Turtle / Painted Wood Turtle (Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima manni) One of the most colorful turtle species in the world.  Plastron & Carapace Views.  Subspecies Range = s Nicaragua & nw Costa Rica (Central America).  Species Range = Mexico to Costa Rica.
© Brian Kenney
Ornate Wood Turtle /
Central...

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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
Grande Terre Giant Gecko /...


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Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly (Eurytides marcellus floridensis) Florida.  The Summer  Generation (shown here) is larger and has longer tails than butterflies that emerge in the Spring.  The sexes are very similar.
© Brian Kenney
Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly
(Eurytides marcellus...

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African Bullfrog / Giant Bullfrog / Giant Pixie Frog / South African Burrowing Frog (Pyxicephalus adspersus) Adult Male.  Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, & Zimbabwe (Africa).
© Brian Kenney
African Bullfrog / Giant
Bullfrog...

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Red-footed Tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria / Syn: Geochelone carbonaria) Fraternal Twins Hatching from the Same Egg.  The two baby turtles are both connected to the same egg yolk by their umbilical chords and develop within a single egg shell.  When they emerge, both will be a bit smaller than a normal hatchling, but otherwise fine. The first to emerge is dragging its sibling out of the shell.  The "egg tooth" used to slice through the egg shell on hatching is still visible on the snout.  This hard, sharp bit of keratin falls off a few days after hatching.  Central & South America (Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Caribbean Islands, Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana, Bolivia, Paraguay, & Argentina) CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Red-footed Tortoise
(Chelonoidis carbonaria /...

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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.  Nikon D3x horizontal image cropped to vertical (8" X 10.5" @ 384 dpi) without re-sizing.  Original, uncropped image is also available on website.
© Brian Kenney
Great Egret / Great White...


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American Oystercatcher / American Pied Oystercatcher / Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) Baby stretching wings, 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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Red Wolf (Canis rufus) Florida.  Endangered (USESA).  Critically Endangered (IUCN).
© Brian Kenney
Red Wolf (Canis rufus)
Florida....

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Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) with fly prey about to trip a trigger hair.  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).
© Brian Kenney
Venus Flytrap (Dionaea
muscipula) with...

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Common Great Horned Owl (Bubo v. virginianus) Chick, Florida.  Species breeds throughout the Americas.
© Brian Kenney
Common Great Horned Owl
(Bubo...


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Red Wolf (Canis rufus) Sleeping with Nose tucked into Tail, southeastern United States.  Critically Endangered (IUCN).  Endangered (USESA).
© Brian Kenney
Red Wolf (Canis rufus)
Sleeping...

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English Springer Spaniel (Canis lupus familiaris) Show-bred dog shaking to dry off while playing at the beach in Florida.  Model Release.
© Brian Kenney
English Springer Spaniel
(Canis lupus...

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Red-Winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) male singing in Courtship / Territorial display, Florida.  Sexually dimorphic.  Adult males are mainly black with distinctive red shoulder patches or "epaulets" which are visible when the bird is flying or displaying. Polygynous species, with males defending up to ten females.  Serious agricultural pest, with post-breeding flocks sometimes numbering in the millions.
© Brian Kenney
Red-Winged Blackbird (Agelaius
phoeniceus) male...

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Bengal Tiger (Panthera t. tigris) scratching with foot, India.  Endangered (USESA & IUCN).  CITES I.
© Brian Kenney
Bengal Tiger (Panthera t.
tigris)...


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