Reef & Rainforest

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Flowering vine

Lianas, epiphytes, shrubs and parasites grow in tremendous diversity at all levels in the rainforest - from underground to being fully exposed to the sun in the crowns of the highest trees. This intricate web in turn supports rich communities of insects, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds (more...). The relationships are very fragile, and even the slightest disturbance by man can upset the ecological balance.

Ants and plants have developed many strong symbiotic relationships over millenia. Plants typically offer the ants shelter, food in the form of nectar or oil/fat rich bodies, and the ants protect the plants from browsers or other plants threatening to overgrow the host plant. Very often, the ants involved are highly aggressive with well-developed jaws and powerful

Harlequin Shrimp Hymenocera picta
Passiflora coccinea
Hylid frog
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