BASIC FACTS ABOUT CROCODILES

American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) are well-armored with tough, scaly skin. They are gray-green or olive-green with long, slender snouts, which distinguish them from their cousin, the alligator. Also unlike the alligator, the fourth tooth on the bottom jaw of the American crocodile is visible when its mouth is closed. South Florida is the only place…

Northern tamandua

Tamanduas are not likely to be confused with any other rainforest mammal. They certainly are unique both in appearance and lifestyle. The name Tamandua comes for the union of two Tupi Indian words: “Taa”, meaning ant, and “Mandeu”, meaning trap. Their long snout, long prehensile tail, massive hand claws, and the black “vest” they appear…

Una revisión y reevaluación del mono nocturno, Aotus lemurinus (Primates: Cebidae), en Costa Rica.

Los monos nocturnos del género Aotus habitan actualmente las tierras bajas de Suramérica, aunque en épocas pasadas su distribución se prolongaba hasta Isla Bastimentos, Provincia de Boca del Tore, en Panamá. EI único registro de un Aotus colectado en Costa Rica proviene del siglo XVIII. Aunque siempre ignorado, la literatura revisada sugiere que este registro…

¿Que son los Hongos?

Los hongos son un grupo de seres vivos diferentes de las plantas y de los animales, razón por la cual se clasifican en un reino aparte llamado Fungi. La ciencia que los estudia se llama Micología (Mykes=Hongo y Logos=Estudio). Poseen gran capacidad de adaptación y pueden desarrollarse sobre cualquier medio o superficie, tanto en los…

Poison Dart Frog

Poison dart frogs, members of the Dendrobatidae family, wear some of the most brilliant and beautiful colors on Earth. Depending on individual habitats, which extend from the tropical forests of Costa Rica to Brazil, their coloring can be yellow, gold, copper, red, green, blue, or black. Their elaborate designs and hues are deliberately ostentatious to…

Mangroves

Mangroves live life on the edge. With one foot on land and one in the sea, these botanical amphibians occupy a zone of desiccating heat, choking mud, and salt levels that would kill an ordinary plant within hours. Yet the forests mangroves form are among the most productive and biologically complex ecosystems on Earth. Birds…