The mandrill, which resides mainly in tropical rainforests is the only mammal to display such colours, with dominant males boasting the brightest hues (above).
The orange crescent on the crown of their heads make the De Brazza s monkey, native to Africa, one of the only primates on earth to display anything other than brown or mousy fur (below).
The chameleon, with its impressive ability to change colour at will, is surely one of the earth s most fascinating creatures. Its pin-hole eyes can pivot and focus independently (above).
The rufous-tailed hummingbird, found in Mexico and across South and Central America, boasts glimmering rainbow feathers which flutter at lightning speed (below).
The mighty macaw, a brightly-coloured parrot which is sadly endangered in the wild but kept in captivity the world over (above).
The hornbill, a bird found across sub-tropical Africa and Asia which features a distinctive structure on its upper beak called a casque (below).
The small and magnificent leiothrix lutea, found in Southeast Asia, and the proud owner of a bright red beak and yellow chest.
The superb fruit dove, similar in stature to a pigeon, calls Australisia home and has wings that whistle when they fly.
The supermodel of the bird world, peacocks emerged mainly from India put have been bred around the world for their stunning array of feathers - which peahens judge not only by the colour but also the angle of the eyespots when displayed.
Amid a kaleidoscopic coral reef in Egypt s Red Sea, bright yellow masked butterflyfish (right) swim towards a sea turtle.
The clown fish, which makes its home in a dedicated patch of sea anemone, and is immune to the deadly sting of its tentacles (above).
The Mandarinfish is native to the Pacific ocean, and is one of the only vertebrate species in the world known to have blue colouring because of cellular pigment (below).
The aptly named Siamese fighting fish, a beautiful but highly aggressive sea creature often bred in captivity for aquariums (above).
The enthralling Hawaiian bobtail squid, which has a symbiotic relationship with the light producing bacteria that lives on it (below).
Semi-frightening, semi-beautiful, this spider is actually carrying a droplet of morning dew atop its furry head.
They are viewed as agricultural pests for their voracious feeding habits, but this particular caterpillar is a mighty sight to behold (above).
Butterflies - once fully metamorphosed - are one of the only insects on the planet not to evoke a certain level of repulsion, such is the colourful nature of their four wings (below).