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in lowland forests throughout costa rica, worker leaf cutter ants carry loads up to twelve times their own weight back to their subterranean nest where the leaf and flower fragments are then chewed up and fed to a fungus which in turn provides them with food.

these photos were taken by bence maté, who noted, “the garden at the laguna del lagarto lodge is full of flowers that are invaded by the ants. as they carried the colorful petals, i laid down to set up this reflected composition. i shot many thousands of pictures over several days and got just a few images that were sharp.”

Blue Coua (Coua caerulea)

…a charismatic species of cuckoo (Cuculidae) which is endemic to the island of Madagascar, where it occurs on the north-western and eastern parts of the island. Blue couas typically inhabit subtopical or tropical dry/lowland forests as well as tropical mangrove and montane forests. Like other cuckoo species, blue coua feed mainly on insects but are known to take fruits and small reptiles. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Cuculiformes-Cuculidae-Coua-C. caerulea 

Image: Olaf Oliviero Riemer

Naked-faced Spiderhunter (Arachnothera clarae)

…a species of spiderhunter (Arachnothera spp.), a genus of sunbirds, named for the patch of bare skin it shows along its face. Naked-faced spiderhunters are endemic to the Philippines where they inhabit subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. Like other spiderhunters, naked-faced spiderhunters indeed eat spiders and are able to pluck them from the center of their webs. They are also known to feed on other arthropods and sometimes even nectar like other sunbirds. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Passeriformes-Nectariniidae-Arachnothera-A. clarae

Image: Llimchiu

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Rainforest rocket frog (Silverstoneia flotator) male with tadpoles 

Picture and description by  Brian Gratwicke

“It is a terrestrial, diurnal species generally found in the leaf-litter of humid lowland and montane forest; it may be found in secondary forest and plantations. Adults are often encountered along rocky sections of forest streams. Eggs are deposited in leaf-litter, the males transport hatching tadpoles to forest streams where they develop.”

#Baturday: Whiskered #myotis <i> Myotis muricola <i/i>

Probably one of the smallest and most fragile (adult) #bat I ever handled. This species is common and widespread in Asia and is often found in primary to secondary lowland and montane forests.

#Wildlife #Chiroptera #Mammals

Where do I live?

Geographically, the range I am found in is the Atlantic, including southern Veracruz and northern Oaxaca in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Panama.

According to habitat, i live in tropical lowlands and montane forests, which have a continuous forest cover.

Tumbler and BestFreshWaterFish Blessed with stunning natural beauty, the island of Sri Lanka is famous for its idyllic beaches that offer a perfect escape amidst the sun, sand and surf. However, the island is also home to breathtaking patches of forests that are teeming with a rich biodiversity including endemic species. Those heading to the country's famed south coast city of Galle should definitely make time to visit one of the country's most enchanting reserves, the Kanneliya Wild Sanctuary.



Home to a lowland wet evergreen forest, this reserve can be found east of Galle, near the Nilwala and Gin rivers. Visitors interested in exploring the… Blessed with stunning natural beauty, the island of Sri Lanka is famous for its idyllic beaches that offer a perfect escape amidst the sun, sand and surf. However, the island is also home to breathtaking patches of forests that are teeming with a rich biodiversity including endemic species. Those heading to the country’s famed south coast city of Galle should definitely make time to visit one of the country’s most enchanting reserves, the Kanneliya Wild Sanctuary.

Very rare sighting in Yala National Park #Srilanka
The Sri Lankan Sloth Bear is a subspecies of the Sloth Bear. It is found mainly in lowland dry forests in the Island of SriLanka. The Sri Lankan #Sloth #Bear is omnivorous. It feeds on nuts, berries, and roots, as well as carrion and meat.
Photo @pearlislandtours

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Bates’ pygmy antelope

Scientific Name: Neotragus batesi

Common Name: Bates’ pygmy antelope 

Taxonomic Classification: 

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cetartiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Genus: Neotragus

Description of organism: a small mammal with a dense brown with spots of white coat. Its distinctive features are the white stripe on its throat and the white and black on the ears. 

Environment: moist lowland forest

Reproduction: they reproduce throughout the year but it peaks in the early wet and dry seasons. 

Development: There is a gestation period of 6 months. Males reach sexual maturity anywhere between 8 and 18 months while females reach sexual maturity at 16 months.

Nutritional Requirements: herbivore

Fun Fact: it is a solitary species.

http://www.arkive.org/bates-pygmy-antelope/neotragus-batesi/

Up SCWI 184.42 (CAT China Water [TR]) Warwick Valley Humane Society rescues Chinese Water Dragon

“Chinese Water Dragons, which are often mistaken for Iguanas, can grow to more than three feet. They are native to the lowland and highland forests of southern China and southeastern … take in pets other than dogs and cats.” The lizard and the turtles …“ said Wanda to Maire on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

"My dear Miss Maire,” said Wanda, “have you heard that IVX went up to 934.8?”

“S&P 500 Value.”

Maire replied that she had not.

“But it did,” said Wanda. “US stocks slipping after weak jobs data; oil prices rise Oil prices rose, helping drillers and other energy companies move higher. Eight of the 10 industry sectors of the Standard and Poor’s 500 index were lower, led by telecommunications companies. KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 fell nine points, or 0.5 percent …”

Maire, with a look of haughty composure, made no answer.