Cacao growing under the cabruca agroforestry system (2nd variant shown in a mural format)
Red-rumped Agouti and an opened Brazil nut fruit
 Illustration depicting the montane subtropical deciduous forest in a gorge near Amboró National Park.   Here, the peaks of the Andes give way to vast plains that form a barrier abutting the lowland moist tropical forests of the huge Amazon Basin farther to the East. Species depicted:  Ceiba boliviana  (Bombacaceae),  Helicteres lhotskyana  (Sterculiaceae),  Paspalum stellatum  (Poaceae),  Tillandsia samaipatensis  (Bromeliaceae),  Gallesia integrifolia  (Phytolaccaceae),  Andean condor   (Vultur gryphus) ,  Red-fronted macaw   (Ara rubrogenys),  and  Vigna caracalla  (Fabaceae). Copyright M. Rothman 2002
  Cycad pollination syndrome:  Illustration depicting the recently described pollination mechanism of the Cycad   Zamia furfuracea ,  by a  Snout Weevil  ( Rhopalotria mollis),  in the species-rich region of Veracruz, Mexico. The Weevil is shown, variously, in flight (magnified), mating upon a Zamia cone, and depositing eggs in another cone. Other Cycad species are also present, including  Ceratozamia latifolia  (orange foliage), and the arborescent  Dioon spinulosum . An adult and some caterpillars of the Cycad-dependent blue hairstreak butterfly  (Eumaeus toxea)  are also depicted on the  Zamia  leaflets.
 The image depicts the significant relationship between the  Andean Wax Palm   (Ceroxylon quindiuense)  ,  the National Tree of Columbia, and the highly endangered  Yellow-eared Parrot   (Ognorhynchus icterotis) . The bird depends on the tree for nesting sites and food. However, extensive cutting of the trees had resulted in the near extinction of the parrot, whose numbers plunged to under 100 individuals. In recent years, through efforts of the Columbian conservation organization   Fundacion ProAves  , the population has risen tenfold.
 This large work, measuring 48" V. by 72" H., depicts a pack of neotropical  Bushdogs    (Speothos venaticus)     crossing the  St. Eloi Creek, in French Guiana.  They are widespread throughout much of South America in forest and savannah settings but at a very low population density. Bushdogs are Canids, but not in genus Canus. They are highly social and share parental responsibilities among a close knit group. They can hunt on land for prey like agoutis and capybara and underwater for turtles.     Other colloquial names are  Boshond, Cachorro-do-mata, pero de monte, bushdagoe, zorro vinagre, Chocó, Chien de forêt, ヤブイヌ, Yabu inu,  and  Waldhund.
Rothman's Rainforest strata.jpg
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