Zoologist Ross Piper has compiled an incredible book that shows the
bizarre lives of some of the most unknown and overlooked creatures on
Ross has spent the last two years researching
hundreds of weird and wonderful creatures and has gathered images from
all over the world to illustrate their fascinating lives.
Some of the organisms have huge spikes, transparent skin, fangs, and some can even glow in the dark.
The enormous collection of photographs shows 35 different lineages of creatures and hundreds of species from worms to jellyfish.
the majority of the animals are extremely small their lives are
incredibly complex and some can even regrow their own brains.
close-up picture shows a wasp with five eyes that reproduces by
injecting eggs into other creatures that then grow and eat the host.
Another amazing animal is a rainbow marine annelid worm with the ability to regenerate even if it was chopped into pieces.
gathered the photographs from animal enthusiasts across the world and
travelled more than 10,000 miles from Wales to Borneo in Indonesia to
capture his own.
The book, titled Animal Earth can be purchased from www.thamesandhudson.com.
Piper, 36, a zoologist from Aston in Hertfordshire, said: "I've always
been mesmerised by the incredible diversity of animals.
Earth is the book I've wanted to write ever since I started studying
zoology, and although there are a lot of photos it's more than just a
"It shows the fascinating lives of these organisms
and how humans are intricately linked to and dependent on the millions
of other animal species out there.
"We have only just scratched the surface of understanding animal diversity.
"There are photos in the book from all over the world, tropical rainforests, deserts, coral reefs and the deep ocean.
were taken by people for whom photography is a hobby and for the photos
I took, I travelled from the rocky shores of south west Wales to the
forests of Borneo.
"In my images there are microscopic animals
that live between sand grains on the sea bed, the lives of which are
very poorly understood.
"In terms of searching for animals, I
have been in thigh-deep mud, cut-off by rising tides and been many miles
from civilisation at the top of a rainforest tree.
"My aim is just to show people that animals are so much more than the familiar creatures that we always see.
"These living things are bewildering, bizarre and beautiful in equal measure." (BNPS)
Here's a look at a few!