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Strangler figs: Silent assassins, diversity engines, rainforest timekeepers

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 19, 2017 12:50:06 PM / by Varun Swamy posted in Tambopata Research Center, Amazon, Peru, rainforest, Tambopata, rainforest fruits, keystone species, frugivores, Buttresses, Canopy, Megaflora, Strangler fig, Ficus

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(Borrowing from a J&B whisky commercial from the 1990s…)

Tradition says: "A tree must begin its life from the forest floor".

Tradition says:  "A tree shall form a relatively cylindrical trunk".

Tradition says: "A tree shalt not kill another tree".

Well, strangler fig trees clearly did not receive these edicts...or perhaps they did, and decided "To Hell with tradition!" - much to the delight of aficionados of bizarre, spectacular tropical nature of the floral kind. 

Ficus ypsilophlebia, a spectacular and emblematic strangler fig species of the Amazon rainforest (Photo: Varun Swamy) 

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Epic Camera Trap Photos From The Peruvian Amazon + Termites Attack!

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 14, 2015 10:00:00 AM / by Jeff Cremer posted in photography, wildlife photography, Amazon, Peru, rainforest, camera trap

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TAMBOPATA, PERU 

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35 Awesome Photos of Rainforest Animals and Wildlife

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 14, 2014 10:00:00 PM / by Jeff Cremer posted in photos, wildlife, wildlife photography, Amazon, Peru, rainforest, animals, Tambopata

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Lucas Bustamante recently visited our lodges in Tambopata, Peru for a few weeks and took these incredible photos of Amazon rainforest wildlife.   

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We Solved An Amazon Rainforest Mystery (w/Video)

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 21, 2013 7:00:00 PM / by Phil Torres posted in spider, rainforest, Silkhenge spider, Mysterious spider, arachnid

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About six months ago, graduate student Troy Alexander took photos of this odd structure. What was it? The images went viral and neither the internet nor experts could figure it out.

 

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The Bridal Veil Mushroom (Phallus indusiatus)

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 16, 2013 10:30:00 PM / by Phil Torres posted in rainforest, Bridal veil mushroom, Tambopata, mushrooms

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Do Butterflies Sleep?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 22, 2013 10:00:00 AM / by Phil Torres posted in butterflies, rainforest, behavior

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Why are some animals so well camouflaged?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 3, 2013 10:00:00 AM / by Phil Torres posted in wildlife camouflage, nature camouflage, tree frog, rainforest, animals, rainforest wildlife, katydid

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