Ann & Rob Simpson
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Broad-tailed hummingbird, Selasphorus platycercus; male, adult, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA; HummingbirdBt4639sxs.tif
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Broad-tailed hummingbird,
Selasphorus platycercus;
male,...

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Pond amberwing dragonfly, Perithemis mooma; This small dragonfly mimics wasps in behavior and color, aposematic, warning coloration; wasp mimic; Odonata; amberwing;  Nariva Swamp,   Nariva Swamp, The Nariva Swamp is the largest freshwater wetland in Trinidad and Tobago and has been designated a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention.The Nariva Swamp is extremely biodiverse. It is home to 45 mammal species, 39 reptile species, 33 fish species, 204 bird species, 19 frog species, 213 insect species and 15 mollusc species. All this contained in just 60 square kilometers.Trinidad, Caribbean; DragonflySA1790zhs.tif
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Pond amberwing dragonfly,
Perithemis mooma;...

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Lichen Weevil, Heilipus sp., Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; Weevil0906Dhs.jpg
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Lichen Weevil, Heilipus sp.,
Asa...

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Tail-less Whip Scorpion, Phrynus calypso, species described in 2017. Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; Whipscorpion1287D.jpg
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Tail-less Whip Scorpion,
Phrynus calypso,...


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Quetzal, Resplendant Quetzal, Pharomachrus mocinno, trogon, Trogonidae, male, eating an avacodo, tree, cloud forest, bird, wet montane forest, Savegre, Savegre Mountain Hotel, Costa Rica, Central America, QuetzalR48525czvs.tif
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Quetzal, Resplendant Quetzal,
Pharomachrus mocinno,...

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Quetzal, Resplendant Quetzal, Pharomachrus mocinno, trogon, Trogonidae, male, eating an avacodo, tree, cloud forest, bird, wet montane forest, Savegre, Savegre Mountain Hotel, Costa Rica, Central America, QuetzalR48525czhs.tif
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Quetzal, Resplendant Quetzal,
Pharomachrus mocinno,...

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Eyed Moth, Pseudautomeris salmonea, Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; MothE0929D.jpg
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Eyed Moth, Pseudautomeris
salmonea, Asa...

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Eyed Moth, Pseudautomeris salmonea, Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; MothE0934D.jpg
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Eyed Moth, Pseudautomeris
salmonea, Asa...


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Cecropia Tree, Yagrumo hembra, Cecropia peltata, also called trumpet-tree, and snakewood. Moraceae and Urticaceae, Cecropiaceae; The branches and leaf petioles of Cecropia species are often hollow and can harbour stinging ants.  The trees attract the ants by means of producing a honey-like sap and the ants respond by working to keep the tree free of leaf-eating pests - which can include humans.Cecropia is a Neotropical genus consisting of 61 recognized species with a highly distinctive lineage of dioecious trees. The genus consists of pioneer trees in the more or less humid parts of the Neotropics, with the majority of the species being myrmecophytic. One of the most interesting symbioses in the rainforest exists between the Cecropia tree and the Cecropia ant (Azteca sp.) The Cecropia trees recruit ants to live in them and protect the tree. The ants drive off herbivorous insects, attack herbivorous vertebrates, and remove epiphytes and competing plants.  Their wastes also provide a lot of nitrogen to the plant.   The plant provides them with housing (inside hollow stems) and gylcogen-rich  bodies.  At least, that's the simple explanation of the relationship.  The Cecropia leaf is quite popular among the Amazonian Indian tribes who use it for its anti-inflammatory qualities in the treatment of lung, kidney and rheumatic inflammations. For instance, these tribes prepare a tea made of leaves to treat respiratory problems and diabetes.  Berg and Rosselli state that the genus is characterized by some unusual traits: spathes fully enclosing the flower-bearing parts of the inflorescences until anthesis, patches of dense indumentums (trichilia) producing Mullerian (food) at the base of the petiole, and anthers becoming detached at anthesis. Cecropia is most studied for its ecological role and association with ants. Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; Cecropia0889D.jpg
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Cecropia Tree, Yagrumo hembra,
Cecropia...

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Bromeliad, Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; Bromeliad0891D.tif
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Bromeliad, Asa Wright Nature
Center,...

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Velvet Worm or Peripatus, Macroperipatus torquatus; These organisms are an ancient group believed to be related to arthropods. It is the largest known onychophoran. M. torquatus also possesses paired jaws with blades that face backwards and move alternatingly (Read and Hughes, 1987). Another distinguishing feature is the integument which is comprised of flat scales that overlap in a regular arrangement resulting in a hexagonal pattern (Read, 1988). There are also very specifically modified quadrangular projections along the dermis of the integument, a feature believed to be seen only in this species (Oliveira et al., 2012).  This species is endemic to Trinidad and is found only in the Northern Range. This nocturnal carnivore lives on the forest floor, usually under or within the layer of leaf litter. Foraging is conducted by sweeping its head from side to side using slow steady movements, potential prey is stealthily inspected using the antennae which recoil gently and quickly so as to avoid detection by the potential prey (Read and Hughes, 1987). If prey is deemed suitable, Macroperipatus torquatus ambushes it by squirting a proteinaceous glue from its oral papillae (Fig. 2). This glue-like substance can be squirted a distance of up to 4 cm and serves to entangle the prey and prevent its escape. Next it locates a weak area between the thorax and abdomen of the prey and uses its jaws to bite through the membrane in this area (Read and Hughes, 1987). It then immobilizes its prey by injecting its saliva into the site and then extends its oral cone which it uses in conjunction with its jaws to extract the flesh of the prey. This organism is able to utilize its predatory strategies for defence as well. When threatened it may squirt glue in a defensive capacity (Read and Hughes, 1987) so as to stop predators and allow for escape. (The Online Guide to the Animals of Trinidad and Tobago). Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; Velvetworm6814.CR2
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Velvet Worm or Peripatus,
Macroperipatus...

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Velvet Worm or Peripatus, Macroperipatus torquatus; These organisms are an ancient group believed to be related to arthropods. It is the largest known onychophoran. M. torquatus also possesses paired jaws with blades that face backwards and move alternatingly (Read and Hughes, 1987). Another distinguishing feature is the integument which is comprised of flat scales that overlap in a regular arrangement resulting in a hexagonal pattern (Read, 1988). There are also very specifically modified quadrangular projections along the dermis of the integument, a feature believed to be seen only in this species (Oliveira et al., 2012).  This species is endemic to Trinidad and is found only in the Northern Range. This nocturnal carnivore lives on the forest floor, usually under or within the layer of leaf litter. Foraging is conducted by sweeping its head from side to side using slow steady movements, potential prey is stealthily inspected using the antennae which recoil gently and quickly so as to avoid detection by the potential prey (Read and Hughes, 1987). If prey is deemed suitable, Macroperipatus torquatus ambushes it by squirting a proteinaceous glue from its oral papillae (Fig. 2). This glue-like substance can be squirted a distance of up to 4 cm and serves to entangle the prey and prevent its escape. Next it locates a weak area between the thorax and abdomen of the prey and uses its jaws to bite through the membrane in this area (Read and Hughes, 1987). It then immobilizes its prey by injecting its saliva into the site and then extends its oral cone which it uses in conjunction with its jaws to extract the flesh of the prey. This organism is able to utilize its predatory strategies for defence as well. When threatened it may squirt glue in a defensive capacity (Read and Hughes, 1987) so as to stop predators and allow for escape. (The Online Guide to the Animals of Trinidad and Tobago). Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; Velvetworm6787.CR2
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Caribbean treerunner, Plica caribena, lizard, camouflage, cryptic coloration; lichen mimic, bark mimic, Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; LizardCT6261Dzvs.tif
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Caribbean treerunner, Plica
caribena, lizard,...

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Tufted Coquette, Lophornis ornatus, hummingbird, female, Asa Wright Nature Centre, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, the AWNC's properties will be retained under forest cover in perpetuity, to protect the community watershed and provide important wildlife habitat. located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. Trinidad, Caribbean; CoquetteTquetteT6333.CR2
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Tufted Coquette, Lophornis
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Red land crab, Gecarcinus lateralis, Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; CrabRL6840.CR2
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Red land crab, Gecarcinus
lateralis,...

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Tufted Coquette, Lophornis ornatus, hummingbird, female, Asa Wright Nature Centre, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, the AWNC's properties will be retained under forest cover in perpetuity, to protect the community watershed and provide important wildlife habitat. located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. Trinidad, Caribbean; CoquetteT6269.CR2
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Tufted Coquette, Lophornis
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Velvet Worm or Peripatus, Macroperipatus torquatus; These organisms are an ancient group believed to be related to arthropods. It is the largest known onychophoran. M. torquatus also possesses paired jaws with blades that face backwards and move alternatingly (Read and Hughes, 1987). Another distinguishing feature is the integument which is comprised of flat scales that overlap in a regular arrangement resulting in a hexagonal pattern (Read, 1988). There are also very specifically modified quadrangular projections along the dermis of the integument, a feature believed to be seen only in this species (Oliveira et al., 2012).  This species is endemic to Trinidad and is found only in the Northern Range. This nocturnal carnivore lives on the forest floor, usually under or within the layer of leaf litter. Foraging is conducted by sweeping its head from side to side using slow steady movements, potential prey is stealthily inspected using the antennae which recoil gently and quickly so as to avoid detection by the potential prey (Read and Hughes, 1987). If prey is deemed suitable, Macroperipatus torquatus ambushes it by squirting a proteinaceous glue from its oral papillae (Fig. 2). This glue-like substance can be squirted a distance of up to 4 cm and serves to entangle the prey and prevent its escape. Next it locates a weak area between the thorax and abdomen of the prey and uses its jaws to bite through the membrane in this area (Read and Hughes, 1987). It then immobilizes its prey by injecting its saliva into the site and then extends its oral cone which it uses in conjunction with its jaws to extract the flesh of the prey. This organism is able to utilize its predatory strategies for defence as well. When threatened it may squirt glue in a defensive capacity (Read and Hughes, 1987) so as to stop predators and allow for escape. (The Online Guide to the Animals of Trinidad and Tobago). Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; Velvetworm6799D.tif
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Velvet Worm or Peripatus,
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Velvet Worm or Peripatus, Macroperipatus torquatus; These organisms are an ancient group believed to be related to arthropods. It is the largest known onychophoran. M. torquatus also possesses paired jaws with blades that face backwards and move alternatingly (Read and Hughes, 1987). Another distinguishing feature is the integument which is comprised of flat scales that overlap in a regular arrangement resulting in a hexagonal pattern (Read, 1988). There are also very specifically modified quadrangular projections along the dermis of the integument, a feature believed to be seen only in this species (Oliveira et al., 2012).  This species is endemic to Trinidad and is found only in the Northern Range. This nocturnal carnivore lives on the forest floor, usually under or within the layer of leaf litter. Foraging is conducted by sweeping its head from side to side using slow steady movements, potential prey is stealthily inspected using the antennae which recoil gently and quickly so as to avoid detection by the potential prey (Read and Hughes, 1987). If prey is deemed suitable, Macroperipatus torquatus ambushes it by squirting a proteinaceous glue from its oral papillae (Fig. 2). This glue-like substance can be squirted a distance of up to 4 cm and serves to entangle the prey and prevent its escape. Next it locates a weak area between the thorax and abdomen of the prey and uses its jaws to bite through the membrane in this area (Read and Hughes, 1987). It then immobilizes its prey by injecting its saliva into the site and then extends its oral cone which it uses in conjunction with its jaws to extract the flesh of the prey. This organism is able to utilize its predatory strategies for defence as well. When threatened it may squirt glue in a defensive capacity (Read and Hughes, 1987) so as to stop predators and allow for escape. (The Online Guide to the Animals of Trinidad and Tobago). Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; Velvetworm6789D.tif
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Velvet Worm or Peripatus,
Macroperipatus...

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Velvet Worm or Peripatus, Macroperipatus torquatus; These organisms are an ancient group believed to be related to arthropods. It is the largest known onychophoran. M. torquatus also possesses paired jaws with blades that face backwards and move alternatingly (Read and Hughes, 1987). Another distinguishing feature is the integument which is comprised of flat scales that overlap in a regular arrangement resulting in a hexagonal pattern (Read, 1988). There are also very specifically modified quadrangular projections along the dermis of the integument, a feature believed to be seen only in this species (Oliveira et al., 2012).  This species is endemic to Trinidad and is found only in the Northern Range. This nocturnal carnivore lives on the forest floor, usually under or within the layer of leaf litter. Foraging is conducted by sweeping its head from side to side using slow steady movements, potential prey is stealthily inspected using the antennae which recoil gently and quickly so as to avoid detection by the potential prey (Read and Hughes, 1987). If prey is deemed suitable, Macroperipatus torquatus ambushes it by squirting a proteinaceous glue from its oral papillae (Fig. 2). This glue-like substance can be squirted a distance of up to 4 cm and serves to entangle the prey and prevent its escape. Next it locates a weak area between the thorax and abdomen of the prey and uses its jaws to bite through the membrane in this area (Read and Hughes, 1987). It then immobilizes its prey by injecting its saliva into the site and then extends its oral cone which it uses in conjunction with its jaws to extract the flesh of the prey. This organism is able to utilize its predatory strategies for defence as well. When threatened it may squirt glue in a defensive capacity (Read and Hughes, 1987) so as to stop predators and allow for escape. (The Online Guide to the Animals of Trinidad and Tobago). Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; Velvetworm6768D.tif
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Velvet Worm or Peripatus,
Macroperipatus...

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Velvet Worm or Peripatus, Macroperipatus torquatus; These organisms are an ancient group believed to be related to arthropods. It is the largest known onychophoran. M. torquatus also possesses paired jaws with blades that face backwards and move alternatingly (Read and Hughes, 1987). Another distinguishing feature is the integument which is comprised of flat scales that overlap in a regular arrangement resulting in a hexagonal pattern (Read, 1988). There are also very specifically modified quadrangular projections along the dermis of the integument, a feature believed to be seen only in this species (Oliveira et al., 2012).  This species is endemic to Trinidad and is found only in the Northern Range. This nocturnal carnivore lives on the forest floor, usually under or within the layer of leaf litter. Foraging is conducted by sweeping its head from side to side using slow steady movements, potential prey is stealthily inspected using the antennae which recoil gently and quickly so as to avoid detection by the potential prey (Read and Hughes, 1987). If prey is deemed suitable, Macroperipatus torquatus ambushes it by squirting a proteinaceous glue from its oral papillae (Fig. 2). This glue-like substance can be squirted a distance of up to 4 cm and serves to entangle the prey and prevent its escape. Next it locates a weak area between the thorax and abdomen of the prey and uses its jaws to bite through the membrane in this area (Read and Hughes, 1987). It then immobilizes its prey by injecting its saliva into the site and then extends its oral cone which it uses in conjunction with its jaws to extract the flesh of the prey. This organism is able to utilize its predatory strategies for defence as well. When threatened it may squirt glue in a defensive capacity (Read and Hughes, 1987) so as to stop predators and allow for escape. (The Online Guide to the Animals of Trinidad and Tobago). Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; Velvetworm6764D.tif
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Velvet Worm or Peripatus,
Macroperipatus...


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Velvet Worm or Peripatus, Macroperipatus torquatus; These organisms are an ancient group believed to be related to arthropods. It is the largest known onychophoran. M. torquatus also possesses paired jaws with blades that face backwards and move alternatingly (Read and Hughes, 1987). Another distinguishing feature is the integument which is comprised of flat scales that overlap in a regular arrangement resulting in a hexagonal pattern (Read, 1988). There are also very specifically modified quadrangular projections along the dermis of the integument, a feature believed to be seen only in this species (Oliveira et al., 2012).  This species is endemic to Trinidad and is found only in the Northern Range. This nocturnal carnivore lives on the forest floor, usually under or within the layer of leaf litter. Foraging is conducted by sweeping its head from side to side using slow steady movements, potential prey is stealthily inspected using the antennae which recoil gently and quickly so as to avoid detection by the potential prey (Read and Hughes, 1987). If prey is deemed suitable, Macroperipatus torquatus ambushes it by squirting a proteinaceous glue from its oral papillae (Fig. 2). This glue-like substance can be squirted a distance of up to 4 cm and serves to entangle the prey and prevent its escape. Next it locates a weak area between the thorax and abdomen of the prey and uses its jaws to bite through the membrane in this area (Read and Hughes, 1987). It then immobilizes its prey by injecting its saliva into the site and then extends its oral cone which it uses in conjunction with its jaws to extract the flesh of the prey. This organism is able to utilize its predatory strategies for defence as well. When threatened it may squirt glue in a defensive capacity (Read and Hughes, 1987) so as to stop predators and allow for escape. (The Online Guide to the Animals of Trinidad and Tobago). Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; Velvetworm6724D.tif
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Guianan trogon, Trogon violaceus, Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; TroganG1106Pvs.tif
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Guianan trogon, Trogon
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Guianan trogon, Trogon violaceus, Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; TroganG1074Pvs.tif
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Guianan trogon, Trogon violaceus, Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; TroganG1057_P.tiff
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Guianan trogon, Trogon violaceus, Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; TroganG1007_P.tiff
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Yellow-olive Flycatcher,Tolmomyias sulphurescens, = Yellow-olive Flatbill,  The Yellow-olive Flycatcher builds a hanging nest which can be conspicuous and consists of a retort-like nest chamber with a long entrance tube attached to the side. Dropping out of the nest or flyinhg up into it may be an advantage to predator detection and predation. Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; FlycatcherYO0694P1vs.tif
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Yellow-olive
Flycatcher,Tolmomyias
sulphurescens, =
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Yellow-olive Flycatcher,Tolmomyias sulphurescens, = Yellow-olive Flatbill,  The Yellow-olive Flycatcher builds a hanging nest which can be conspicuous and consists of a retort-like nest chamber with a long entrance tube attached to the side. Dropping out of the nest or flyinhg up into it may be an advantage to predator detection and predation. Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; FlycatcherYO0680Pvs.tif
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Yellow-olive
Flycatcher,Tolmomyias
sulphurescens, =
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Yellow-olive Flycatcher,Tolmomyias sulphurescens, = Yellow-olive Flatbill,  The Yellow-olive Flycatcher builds a hanging nest which can be conspicuous and consists of a retort-like nest chamber with a long entrance tube attached to the side. Dropping out of the nest or flyinhg up into it may be an advantage to predator detection and predation. Asa Wright Nature Center, Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; FlycatcherYO0668Pvs.tif
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Red-rumped Agouti, Dasyprocta leporina, Brazilian agouti, Cutia in Brazil, Acure in Venezuela, rodent, Rodentia; Agouti,  Dasyproctidae, important seed dispersers, primarily herbivores;  Asa Wright Nature Center, They are South American natives and are distributed widely in Venezuela, French Guiana and Amazon forests of Brazil (Asquith et al. 1999; Dubost 1998). They behave suspiciously of approaching animals as they are often preyed upon. For this reason, they are often found in pairs or with their partner in near proximity. Predators include mammals like the ocelot, jaguar, snakes, like boas and humans that hunt them (Wilson and Reeder 2005). Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, The Centre's main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.Trinidad, Caribbean; AgoutiRR0835s.tif
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Red-rumped Agouti, Dasyprocta
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Naked Creek Overlook, Shenandoah National Park, Fall, Autumn, October, Fall foliage, Fall color, Fall colors, Autumn foliage, Autumn color, Autumn colors, deciduous; fall color, fall colors, autumn color, autumn colors, fall leaf color, fall tree color, autumn tree color, autumn leaf color, fall foliage, autumn foliage, Virginia, Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains,mm 53.2, mile marker 53.2, mile post 53.2,  SHEN018028cs6z.tif
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Naked Creek Overlook, Shenandoah National Park, Fall, Autumn, October, Fall foliage, Fall color, Fall colors, Autumn foliage, Autumn color, Autumn colors, deciduous; fall color, fall colors, autumn color, autumn colors, fall leaf color, fall tree color, autumn tree color, autumn leaf color, fall foliage, autumn foliage, Virginia, Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains,mm 53.2, mile marker 53.2, mile post 53.2,  SHEN018084D.tif
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Naked Creek Overlook, Shenandoah National Park, Fall, Autumn, October, Fall foliage, Fall color, Fall colors, Autumn foliage, Autumn color, Autumn colors, deciduous; fall color, fall colors, autumn color, autumn colors, fall leaf color, fall tree color, autumn tree color, autumn leaf color, fall foliage, autumn foliage, Virginia, Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains,mm 53.2, mile marker 53.2, mile post 53.2,  SHEN018067-HDRzsV35SEL10_10.tif
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white oak, Quercus alba it is the only oak in the white oak group that turns red in the fall; tree, trees, woody plant, bark, angiosperm; deciduous; oaks, Fagaceae; Naked Creek Overlook, Shenandoah National Park, Fall, Autumn, October, Fall foliage, Fall color, Fall colors, Autumn foliage, Autumn color, Autumn colors, deciduous; fall color, fall colors, autumn color, autumn colors, fall leaf color, fall tree color, autumn tree color, autumn leaf color, fall foliage, autumn foliage, Virginia, Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains,mm 53.2, mile marker 53.2, mile post 53.2,  OakW28154zps.tif
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Band-backed Wren, Campylorhynchus zonatus, Rio Claro Reserve, Cabanas la Mulata, Columbia, South America; WrenBb80534_P.tiff
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Band-backed Wren,
Campylorhynchus zonatus,
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Band-backed Wren, Campylorhynchus zonatus, Rio Claro Reserve, Cabanas la Mulata, Columbia, South America; WrenBb80601_P.tiff
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Bay Wren, Cantorchilus nigricapillus, is an attractive and highly vocal wren species, readily observed in forested areas, especially along watercourses, in the lowlands and foothills of parts of southern Central America and northwestern South America.Rio Claro Reserve, Cabanas la Mulata, Columbia, South America; WrenB80287cnhsetbsm_P.tiff
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Trashbug, Lacewing larva, These larvae camouflage themselves by attaching bits of lichen or even the skins of their prey on their backs, they are highly predacious.  Rio Claro Reserve, Cabanas la Mulata, Columbia, South America; Trahsbug72367.CR2
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Scarlet-browed Tanager, Heterospingus xanthopygius, uncommon, local; Rio Claro Reserve, Cabanas la Mulata, Columbia, South America; TanagerSb80869czhs.tif
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purple-backed thornbill, Ramphomicron microrhynchum, he Purple-backed Thornbill boasts the smallest bill of any hummingbird. These tiny hummingbirds live around the borders of humid forests, in the semi-open highlands, and in páramo. hummingbird, Trochilidae; La Finca El Cortaderal in Santa Rosa de cabal municipality; Colombia, South America; ThornbillPb84976pnz.tif
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Guira Tanager, Hemithraupis guira, Hotel Tinamú Birding Nature Reserve, Manizales Caldas;  San Peregrino village; dry forest that Londoño Jaramillo family, who allowed coffee plantations and banana trees to become a semi-natural forest, supporting reforestation by planting trees and flowers achieving to attract a high density of wildlife to an oasis in the middle of agricultural mountains. Colombia, South America; TanagerG59541zhs.tif
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Andean guan, Penelope montagnii, is a gamefowl species of the family Cracidae, in which it belongs to the guan subfamily Penelopinae. This bird occurs in the highlands (5,000 ft/1,500 m ASL and higher) of the Andes, from Venezuela and Colombia through Ecuador and Peru south to Bolivia and perhaps northwesternmost Argentina. La Finca El Cortaderal in Santa Rosa de cabal municipality; Colombia, South America; GuanA86138_P.tiff
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Grasshopper wasp mimic, mimic, mimicry, Rio Claro Reserve, Cabanas la Mulata, Colombia, South America; Grasshopper12531zhs.tif
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Chestnut-backed Antbird, Myrmeciza exsul, Rio Claro Reserve, Cabanas la Mulata, Colombia, South America; AntbirdCB80154andhsb.tif
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Broad-billed Motmot Electron platyrhynchum, Canopy Lodge, in the hills of El Valle de Antón. Panama, Central America, MotmotBb45394czs_P.tiff
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Broad-billed Motmot Electron platyrhynchum, Canopy Lodge, in the hills of El Valle de Antón. Panama, Central America, MotmotBb5365czs_P.tiff
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velvet-purple coronet, Boissonneaua jardini, near endemic to Colombia with a small range in Ecuador, Choco bioregion, Tandayapa Bird Lodge, cloud forest; neotropical,Tandayapa Valley, Ecuador, South America; CoronetVP4676zsP.tiff
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Broad-billed Motmot Electron platyrhynchum, Canopy Lodge, in the hills of El Valle de Antón. Panama, Central America, MotmotBb2450xs_P.tiff
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Cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus, fastest land mammal, 0 to 60 in 3 seconds and top speed of 70 mph; Serengeti National Park, ecosystem is a geographical region in Africa. It is located in northern Tanzania. It spans approximately 30,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi). The Serengeti hosts the second largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world, which helps secure it as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa,[1] and as one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world.[2] The Serengeti is also renowned for its large lion population and is one of the best places to observe prides in their natural environment.[3] The region contains the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and several game reserves. Approximately 70 large mammal and 500 bird species are found there. This high diversity is a function of diverse habitats, including riverine forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands, and woodlands.[4] Blue wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, and buffalos are some of the commonly found large mammals in the region. (Wiki ref) Tanzania, is in East Africa, Africa, Cheetah50590c.TIF
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Vasey's trillium, Trillium vaseyi, Sweet beth, Sweet trillium, Vaseys wakerobin, Appalachian endemic; smelled like sweet molding fruit; Ash Hopper Trail, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Tenessee TN, Sugarlands , TrilliumV17726.tiff  April, 27
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Vasey's trillium, Trillium vaseyi, Sweet beth, Sweet trillium, Vaseys wakerobin, Appalachian endemic; smelled like sweet molding fruit; Ash Hopper Trail, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Tenessee TN, Sugarlands , TrilliumV17760.tiff  April, 27
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Vasey's trillium, Trillium vaseyi, Sweet beth, Sweet trillium, Vaseys wakerobin, Appalachian endemic; smelled like sweet molding fruit; Ash Hopper Trail, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Tenessee TN, Sugarlands , TrilliumV17805.tiff  April, 27
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Vasey's trillium, Trillium vaseyi, Sweet beth, Sweet trillium, Vaseys wakerobin, Appalachian endemic; smelled like sweet molding fruit; Ash Hopper Trail, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Tenessee TN, Sugarlands , TrilliumV17791.tiff  April, 27
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African bush elephant, Loxodonta africana, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, Africa, Elephant89925hs.tif
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African bush elephant,
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Mwanza flat-headed rock agama, Agama mwanzae or the Spider-Man agama, because of its coloration, is a lizard reptile in the family Agamidae, found in Tanzania, Rwanda, and Kenya; Serengeti National Park, ecosystem is a geographical region in Africa. It is located in northern Tanzania. It spans approximately 30,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi). The Serengeti hosts the second largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world, which helps secure it as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa,[1] and as one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world.[2] The Serengeti is also renowned for its large lion population and is one of the best places to observe prides in their natural environment.[3] The region contains the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and several game reserves. Approximately 70 large mammal and 500 bird species are found there. This high diversity is a function of diverse habitats, including riverine forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands, and woodlands.[4] Blue wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, and buffalos are some of the commonly found large mammals in the region. (Wiki ref) Tanzania, is in East Africa, Africa, Agama37356sh.jpg
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Mwanza flat-headed rock agama, Agama mwanzae or the Spider-Man agama, because of its coloration, is a lizard reptile in the family Agamidae, found in Tanzania, Rwanda, and Kenya; Serengeti National Park, ecosystem is a geographical region in Africa. It is located in northern Tanzania. It spans approximately 30,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi). The Serengeti hosts the second largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world, which helps secure it as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa,[1] and as one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world.[2] The Serengeti is also renowned for its large lion population and is one of the best places to observe prides in their natural environment.[3] The region contains the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and several game reserves. Approximately 70 large mammal and 500 bird species are found there. This high diversity is a function of diverse habitats, including riverine forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands, and woodlands.[4] Blue wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, and buffalos are some of the commonly found large mammals in the region. (Wiki ref) Tanzania, is in East Africa, Africa, Agama30642as.jpg
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Serengeti National Park, sunset, nightfall, dusk, sundown; common Zebra or plains zebra, Equus quagga, formerly Equus burchellii in savannah, treed grasslands; acacia; Umbrella Thorn Acacia, Acacia tortilis; African Savannah; ecosystem is a geographical region in Africa. It is located in northern Tanzania. It spans approximately 30,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi). The Serengeti hosts the second largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world, which helps secure it as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa,[1] and as one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world.[2] The Serengeti is also renowned for its large lion population and is one of the best places to observe prides in their natural environment.[3] The region contains the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and several game reserves. Approximately 70 large mammal and 500 bird species are found there. This high diversity is a function of diverse habitats, including riverine forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands, and woodlands.[4] Blue wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, and buffalos are some of the commonly found large mammals in the region. (Wiki ref) Tanzania, is in East Africa, Africa, ZebraC89924DPnz.tif
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Serengeti National Park,
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