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Life in the Dark

Illuminating Biodiversity in the Shadowy Haunts of Planet Earth

Danté Fenolio

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Stunning, never-before-seen photographs of creatures that live in complete darkness.

Honorable Mention for Technical Text of the Washington Publishers

Deep inside caves, at the bottoms of oceans and lakes, beneath the ground: these concealed habitats are absent of sunlight. This strange and fascinating world of complete darkness is not a solitary place—it is inhabited by millions of life forms. Yet most humans—creatures of daylight—have never seen any of them. Until now.

In this fascinating—sometimes eerie—book, extreme wildlife photographer and scientist Danté Fenolio brings the denizens of…

Stunning, never-before-seen photographs of creatures that live in complete darkness.

Honorable Mention for Technical Text of the Washington Publishers

Deep inside caves, at the bottoms of oceans and lakes, beneath the ground: these concealed habitats are absent of sunlight. This strange and fascinating world of complete darkness is not a solitary place—it is inhabited by millions of life forms. Yet most humans—creatures of daylight—have never seen any of them. Until now.

In this fascinating—sometimes eerie—book, extreme wildlife photographer and scientist Danté Fenolio brings the denizens of these shadowy haunts into focus. Life in the Dark shows us the many ways in which life forms have adapted to lightless environments, including refinements of senses, evolution of unique body parts, and illumination using "biological flashlights."

With more than 200 mesmerizing color photographs, Life in the Dark unveils bizarre creatures like the firefly squid, the giant Amazonian catfish, the Chinese cavefish, and even the human bot fly, which lives in the darkness beneath its host’s skin. Fenolio’s rich and vibrant images shed new light on the world’s fascinating creatures of darkness.

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A well illustrated introduction to [deep sea] creatures!

In this intriguing text, Danté Fenolio takes readers on a remarkable tour of some of the most unique and extreme environments on Earth. From the abyssal depths of the deep ocean to the subterranean worlds of caves, this impressive collection of photographic essays provides a celebration of biodiversity in realms that exist in perpetual darkness.

... mesmerizing...

... amazing and full of detail... a must read

If Edgar Allan Poe had been a nature photographer, he might have written a story with the following title: Life in the Dark... Fenolio’s photography will capture anyone’s attention. The writing is also excellent, with a conservation thread that runs throughout the book.

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Available
Trim Size
9
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11
Pages
312
ISBN
9781421418636
Illustration Description
446 color photos
Table of Contents

Note to the Reader
Acknowledgments
1. An Introduction to Life in the Dark
2. The Deep Sea
Zooplankton
Invertebrates
Vertebrates
The Sea Floor
Near-Shore Deepwater Wildlife
3. Dark Freshwater Habitats
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Note to the Reader
Acknowledgments
1. An Introduction to Life in the Dark
2. The Deep Sea
Zooplankton
Invertebrates
Vertebrates
The Sea Floor
Near-Shore Deepwater Wildlife
3. Dark Freshwater Habitats
4. Fossorial Wildlife
Fossorial Biodiversity
Termite Mound Wildlife
5. Subterranean Life
Cavefishes
Other Vertebrates
Invertebrates
6. The Parasites Within
7. Conservation
Appendix Amphibian Skin Secretions and Potential Use by Humans
Glossary
Literature Cited
In Appreciation
Index

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Danté Fenolio
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Danté Fenolio, Ph.D.

Danté Fenolio, a zoologist, biologist, and wildlife photographer, is the director of conservation and research at the San Antonio Zoo.
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