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diademed sifaka, Propithecus diadema, or diademed simpona, or dancing safaka,...

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Caption: diademed sifaka, Propithecus diadema, or diademed simpona, or dancing safaka, is an endangered species of sifaka, one of the lemurs endemic to certain rainforests in eastern Madagascar. is also known by the Malagasy names simpona, simpony and ankomba joby. Andasibe National Park Perinet, Perinet reserve, Perinet's rainforest, There are four species to see at Lemur Island, including the bamboo lemur, the black & white ruffed lemur, brown lemur and diademed sifaka. Madagascar: Africa, SifakaD7520s.tif
Location: Andasibe National Park Perinet, Lemur Island
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Harpy Eagle, Harpia harpyja, Belize Central America,  or American Harpy Eagle, is a Neotropical species of eagle.  It is a monotypic member of the genus Harpia. It is the largest. most powerful and impressive raptor found in the Americas. It is usual habitat is tropical lowland rainforests in the upper or emergent canopy rainforest layer. Its name references the harpies from Ancient Greek mythology. These were wind spirits that took the dead to Hades, and were said to have a body like an eagle and the face of a human. Belize is a country in Central America. Central America; Belize; Belize Zoo, Belize District, a great educational place to observe native Belizean animals in natural settings. HarpyEagle34704nzs2.tif
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Trombiculidae  also called berry bugs, harvest mites, red bugs, scrub-itch mites and aoutas are a family of mites. The best known of the Trombiculidae are the chiggers. The best known species of chigger in North America is the hard-biting chigger Trombicula alfreddugesi of the southeastern United States, humid Midwest and Mexico. Trombiculid mites go through a life cycle of egg, larva, nymph, and adult.[15] The larval mites feed on the skin cells of animals. The six-legged parasitic larva feeds on a large variety of creatures, including humans, rabbits, toads, box turtles, quail, and even some insects. After crawling onto their hosts, they inject digestive enzymes into the skin that break down skin cells. They do not actually "bite" but instead form a hole in the skin called a stylostome and chew up tiny parts of the inner skin, thus causing severe irritation and swelling. The severe itching is accompanied by red, pimple-like bumps (papules) or hives and skin rash or lesions on a sun-exposed area. For humans, itching usually occurs after the larvae detach from the skin. Chiggers attach to the host, pierce the skin, inject enzymes into the bite wound that digest cellular contents, and then suck up the digested tissue through a tube formed by hardened skin cells called a stylostome. They do not burrow into the skin or suck blood, as is commonly assumed. Itching from a chigger bite may not develop until 24-48 hours after the bite, so the victim may not associate the specific exposure with the bite itself.[16] The red welt/bump on the skin is not where a chigger laid eggs, as is sometimes believed.[25] The larva remains attached to a suitable host for three to five days before dropping off to begin its nymph stage.Belize is a country in Central America. It is the only officially English speaking country in the region. A British colony for more than a century, it was known as British Honduras until 1973, and became an independent nation in 1981. Chiggers3324.CR2
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