David Liittschwager@davidliittschwager

I am a contributing photographer for National Geographic and other magazines specializing in natural history subjects.

http://liittschwager.com/

Common Name: Day Octopus, Scientific Name: Octopus cyanea, Size: This small female's mantle is about 2 inches, Location: Gizo, Solomon Islands. Both pictures are of the same individual, showing part of the range of color that they can display. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


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Common Name: Common Octopus, Scientific Name: Octopus vulgaris, Size: 3.5 inches mantle length, Notes: specimen from Florida Keys Marine Life, Location: Big Pine Key, Florida. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


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Common Name: Atlantic Pygmy Octopus, Scientific Name: Octopus joubini, Size: 1 inch mantle length, about 2.5 inches across as posed, Location: Big Pine Key, Florida @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


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Common Name: Southern Keeled Octopus, Scientific Name: Octopus berrima, Size: mantle is 2.25 inches long, Notes: collected on a night dive just east of Rye Pier (~150ft), Location: Rye, Victoria, Australia @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


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Common Name: Day Octopus, Scientific Name: Octopus cyanea, Notes: female, Location: Gizo, Solomon Islands. Size: ~2 inches mantle length. This individual could easily fit in my cupped hand. I have seen Octopus cyanea in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, to the south in French Polynesia, and to the east in the Solomon Islands. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


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Common Name: The Wonderpus Octopus, Scientific Name: Wunderpus photogenicus, Size: 5/8" mantle length when relaxed, Notes: male, this species is the only representative of the monotypic genus Wunderpus, Location: Caldwell Lab, University of California Berkeley. True to its scientific name, we found this octopus to indeed be both wonderful and photogenic. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @natgeo


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Common Name: Southern Keeled Octopus, Scientific Name: Octopus berrima, Size: mantle is 2.25 inches long, Notes: collected on a night dive just east of Rye Pier, Victoria, Australia @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


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Common Name: Southern Blue-ringed Octopus, Scientific Name: Hapalochlaena maculosa, Size: mantle is 1.25 inches long, Notes: collected near Flinder's Pier, Victoria, Australia. Our observation was that this creature was not aggressive, but it is known to have one of the most powerful venoms of any creature. @natgeo @thephotosociety @natgeocreative


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Common Name: Pale Octopus, Scientific Name: Octopus pallidus, Size: mantle is 4.5 inches long, Notes: collected near Sorrento, Victoria, Australia. This octopus can appear almost white, as its common and species names suggest. We saw it display a lot of color and texture. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


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Photos by @davidliittschwager from One Cubic Foot. The river cooter, the mountain creek shell, crayfish, and the golden darter are found in Tennessee's Duck River, one of the most biodiverse waterways in the U.S.. It harbors several endemic species— animals found nowhere else on Earth. We found 32 fish species, and 7 species of mussels, 3 of them endangered, 151 species in just one cubic foot. See more photos from One Cubic Foot, May 4-6 @scrollmotion. Join me for a Facebook Live event May 9. @scrollmotion will give away 3 free Ingage annual subscriptions to the first three participants.
@natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @smithsonian #photooftheday #nature #naturephotography #photography


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Photos by @davidliittschwager from One Cubic Foot. The carnivorous plant Alice Sundew and a very well-armored pill millipede are two of the inhabitants of this tiny piece of fynbos. Fynbos, derived from Dutch, refers to the “fine-leaved” vegetation that grows in the mountainous areas of the Cape Floristic Region. We counted 90 separate species, including 25 types of plants just on the soil surface. There are 9,000 native plant species in the CFR—many of them evolved here and live nowhere else. See more photos from One Cubic Foot, May 4-6 @scrollmotion. Join me for a Facebook Live event May 9. @scrollmotion will give away 3 free Ingage annual subscriptions to the first three participants.


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My favorite sign at the March for Science in Washington DC last weekend.


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