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Loruhama Eyemark (male)
Mesosemia loruhama (Riodinidae), the Loruhama Eyemark, is a neotropical butterfly with records from Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Colombia.
The males are metallic blue, marked with fine black lines and a black apex, while their females are typically dark brown, and often marked with prominent white bands.
The female is similar to the male but has a broad curved post-median band across fore and hindwings. In both sexes the underside pattern is similar to that of the upperside, but is paler and less contrasty.
References: [1] - [2]
Photo credit: ©Les Catchick
Locality: Río Llandio, Ecuador

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Loruhama Eyemark (male)

Mesosemia loruhama (Riodinidae), the Loruhama Eyemark, is a neotropical butterfly with records from Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Colombia.

The males are metallic blue, marked with fine black lines and a black apex, while their females are typically dark brown, and often marked with prominent white bands.

The female is similar to the male but has a broad curved post-median band across fore and hindwings. In both sexes the underside pattern is similar to that of the upperside, but is paler and less contrasty.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Les Catchick

Locality: Río Llandio, Ecuador

Camera trap captures first ever video of rarely-seen bird in the Amazon…and much more
by Jeremy Hance
A camera trap program in Ecuador’s embattled Yasuni National Program has struck gold, taking what researchers believe is the first ever film of a wild nocturnal curassow (Nothocrax urumutum). In addition, the program has captured video of other rarely-seen animals, including the short-eared dog and the giant armadillo. 
"The nocturnal curassow is one of the most exciting neotropical birds. It is very rare bird and it is really hard to see in the wild due its crepuscular and nocturnal habits," Diego Mosquera, head of the camera trap program and manager of Tiputini Biodiversity Station which is run by the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, told mongabay.com. "Not a lot of people have had the chance to see it in the wild and I am inclined to say that this is probably the first footage taken of one in the wild." …
(read more and see video: MongaBay)
Photo courtesy of Tiputini Biodiversity Station

Camera trap captures first ever video of rarely-seen bird in the Amazon…and much more

by Jeremy Hance

A camera trap program in Ecuador’s embattled Yasuni National Program has struck gold, taking what researchers believe is the first ever film of a wild nocturnal curassow (Nothocrax urumutum). In addition, the program has captured video of other rarely-seen animals, including the short-eared dog and the giant armadillo. 

"The nocturnal curassow is one of the most exciting neotropical birds. It is very rare bird and it is really hard to see in the wild due its crepuscular and nocturnal habits," Diego Mosquera, head of the camera trap program and manager of Tiputini Biodiversity Station which is run by the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, told mongabay.com. "Not a lot of people have had the chance to see it in the wild and I am inclined to say that this is probably the first footage taken of one in the wild." …

(read more and see video: MongaBay)

Photo courtesy of Tiputini Biodiversity Station

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astronomy-to-zoology:

Royal Pleco (Panaque nigrolineatus)

…Also known as the Royal Panque, the royal pleco is a species of armored catfish (Loricariidae) that occurs in Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela where it occurs in the Orinoco and Amazon river basins. Like other “plecos” Panaque nigrolineatus is a benthic feeder and feeds mainly on algae and detritus. P. nigrolineatus is widely known as one of the few fish that is capable of digesting wood, as (like termites) it has symbiotic bacteria in its gut, which are capable of breaking down the wood.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Actinopterygii-Siluriformes-Loricariidae-Panaque-P. nigrolineatus

Images: Lcamtuf and Neale Monks

When the Ecuadorian government approved permits for an oil company to drill deep in Yasuni National Park (one of the most biologically important places ON EARTH), it was on the condition that the company undertake a roadless design with helicopters doing most of the leg-work.

However, a new report based on high-resolution satellite imagery has uncovered that the company, Petroamazonas, has flouted the agreement’s conditions, building a massive access road…

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Memphis moruus coerulescens | ©Rodrigo Conte   (Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil)
Memphis moruus (Nymphalidae) is a Neotropical butterfly commonly named Hoja Azul and Mariposa Hojarasca (in Spanish), because the undersides of the wings closely resemble dead leaves. The upper side of the wings are blue with darker spots. 
This butterfly inhabits the Subtropical forests. They are found in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and parts of South America such as Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, and Colombia.

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Memphis moruus coerulescens | ©Rodrigo Conte   (Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil)

Memphis moruus (Nymphalidae) is a Neotropical butterfly commonly named Hoja Azul and Mariposa Hojarasca (in Spanish), because the undersides of the wings closely resemble dead leaves. The upper side of the wings are blue with darker spots. 

This butterfly inhabits the Subtropical forests. They are found in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and parts of South America such as Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, and Colombia.

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Lepidobatrachus laevis -  the Budgett’s frog
Lepidobatrachus laevis (family Leptodactylidae) is a large, stout, aquatic frog with a dorsoventrally flattened body. In both sexes the head is large and robust, composing approximately 1/3 of the total body length, and broad to make room for the extraordinarily wide jaws of these animals [1].
This frog has many common names, it is named Escuerzo in Spanish, and in English: Budgett’s frog, Wide-mouth frog, Hippo frog or even ”Freddy Krueger” frog (due to their disturbing screech and aggression [2] 
This species is known from northern, central and eastern areas of Chacoan environments: Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay [3].
Photo credit: ©homerosimp | photo taken in Orán, Salta, Argentina

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Lepidobatrachus laevis -  the Budgett’s frog

Lepidobatrachus laevis (family Leptodactylidae) is a large, stout, aquatic frog with a dorsoventrally flattened body. In both sexes the head is large and robust, composing approximately 1/3 of the total body length, and broad to make room for the extraordinarily wide jaws of these animals [1].

This frog has many common names, it is named Escuerzo in Spanish, and in English: Budgett’s frog, Wide-mouth frog, Hippo frog or even ”Freddy Krueger” frog (due to their disturbing screech and aggression [2

This species is known from northern, central and eastern areas of Chacoan environments: Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay [3].

Photo credit: ©homerosimp | photo taken in Orán, Salta, Argentina

Researchers Use DNA to Learn about Tapir Behavior
by Jeremy Hance
apirs are notoriously hard to find and directly observe in the wild. Because of this, little is known about how species behave in their natural habitats. But in a study published in PLOS ONE, researchers found a way around this complication by using tapir DNA to shed light on their behavior.
The team sequenced and compared the DNA of individual tapirs to determine how related they were to one another, and in so doing, determine how far they dispersed throughout their habitat. This study marked the first time this specific technique had been used in the Amazon region…
(read more: MongaBay)
photograph by Jeremy Hance

Researchers Use DNA to Learn about Tapir Behavior

by Jeremy Hance

apirs are notoriously hard to find and directly observe in the wild. Because of this, little is known about how species behave in their natural habitats. But in a study published in PLOS ONE, researchers found a way around this complication by using tapir DNA to shed light on their behavior.

The team sequenced and compared the DNA of individual tapirs to determine how related they were to one another, and in so doing, determine how far they dispersed throughout their habitat. This study marked the first time this specific technique had been used in the Amazon region…

(read more: MongaBay)

photograph by Jeremy Hance

dendroica
dendroica:

The Buff-tailed Sicklebill (Eutoxeres condamini), a hermit hummingbird with a magnificently recurved bill, prepares to gather some nectar. The beautiful creatures is native to the Amazonian lowlands and lower elevations of the Andes from Colombia and Ecuador to Peru and Bolivia.
Picture: CHRISTOPHER WITT/REUTERS
(via Pictures of the day: 4 April 2014 - Telegraph)

dendroica:

The Buff-tailed Sicklebill (Eutoxeres condamini), a hermit hummingbird with a magnificently recurved bill, prepares to gather some nectar. The beautiful creatures is native to the Amazonian lowlands and lower elevations of the Andes from Colombia and Ecuador to Peru and Bolivia.

Picture: CHRISTOPHER WITT/REUTERS

(via Pictures of the day: 4 April 2014 - Telegraph)

Charismatic Minifauna: Giant Predatory Ants
by Gwen Pearson
Giant Tropical Ants (Dinoponera australis) live in South America and are….well, giant. In addition to being one of the largest ants in the world (28 mm long or; about 1.1 inches), they are also incredibly abundant in tropical forest habitats. How do these ants break the “big predators are rare” rule? Lead investigator Chad Tillberg explained the motivation for his research on this question:

When we started watching these enormous and abundant ants, it seemed really obvious to ask: What in the world are these ants eating?!  They had the reputation of being highly predacious, but could a top predator really be that abundant?  

Ants have an amazingly broad history of dietary habits; they range from fungus growers and leaf cutters to ferocious, aggressive predators like army ants. Plant-eating ants dominate tropical ecosystems, and their carb-loading habits have been hypothesized as the reason why…
(read more: Wired Science)
photograph by Alex Wild

Charismatic Minifauna: Giant Predatory Ants

by Gwen Pearson

Giant Tropical Ants (Dinoponera australis) live in South America and are….well, giant. In addition to being one of the largest ants in the world (28 mm long or; about 1.1 inches), they are also incredibly abundant in tropical forest habitats. How do these ants break the “big predators are rare” rule? Lead investigator Chad Tillberg explained the motivation for his research on this question:

When we started watching these enormous and abundant ants, it seemed really obvious to ask: What in the world are these ants eating?!  They had the reputation of being highly predacious, but could a top predator really be that abundant?  

Ants have an amazingly broad history of dietary habits; they range from fungus growers and leaf cutters to ferocious, aggressive predators like army ants. Plant-eating ants dominate tropical ecosystems, and their carb-loading habits have been hypothesized as the reason why…

(read more: Wired Science)

photograph by Alex Wild