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Mysterious glowworm found in Peruvian rainforest

Mysterious glowworm found in Peruvian rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer has discovered what appears to be a new type of bioluminescent larvae.

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Attack of the killer fungus

Attack of the killer fungus | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The weird fungus that invades its victims, eating them from the inside out
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Well if this doesn't captivate your students, we're not sure what will!  Lots of examples of this in the Amazon, but you might be surprised to know how common it is world wide.  

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Have you heard about your gut microbiome? Rainforest trees have them, too - on their leaves.

Have you heard about your gut microbiome? Rainforest trees have them, too - on their leaves. | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Leaves are vital trees organs that support many important functions. A recent study published in PNAS found that each tree species in tropical rainforests possesses distinctive bacterial communities – called microbiomes – on their leaves. Understanding how leaf microbiomes vary among species may in the future be applied for maintaining healthy forests and predicting how forests will react to climate change.
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Some like it loud: Warning coloration paved the way for louder, more complex calls in poisonous frogs

Some like it loud: Warning coloration paved the way for louder, more complex calls in poisonous frogs | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Species of poison frogs that utilize bright warning coloration as protection from predators are more likely to develop louder, more complex calls than relatives that rely on camouflage. New research indicates that because these visual cues establish certain species as unsavory prey, they are free to make noisy calls in plain sight and better attract possible mates.
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Where Peccaries Wallow, Other Animals Follow

Where Peccaries Wallow, Other Animals Follow | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Peccaries are like pigs: They wallow. In the Peruvian rain forest, those mud puddles are wildlife magnets.
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High-living frogs hurt by remote oil roads in the Amazon

High-living frogs hurt by remote oil roads in the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Often touted as low-impact, remote oil roads in the Amazon are, in fact, having a large impact on frogs living in flowers in the upper canopy, according to a ne
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Protecting the Amazon for Life | Stories | WWF

Protecting the Amazon for Life | Stories | WWF | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A model for conservation, the Amazon Region Protected Areas ensures 150 acres—three times the size of all US parks combined—of the Amazon are protected for life.
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Small monkeys take over when big primates have been hunted out in the Amazon - Mongabay.com

Small monkeys take over when big primates have been hunted out in the Amazon - Mongabay.com | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Mongabay.com Small monkeys take over when big primates have been hunted out in the Amazon Mongabay.com His work, conducted in conjunction with Varun Swamy, the Bullard Fellow for Forest Research at Harvard University, focused on gathering detailed...
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Slothville? Yes, because you can never have too many sloths!

Slothville?  Yes, because you can never have too many sloths! | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
As the headquarters of the Sloth Appreciation Society, Slothville is the number one destination for sloth fans on the web. Created by Lucy Cooke, zoologist and author of New York Times best-seller A Little Book of Sloth, producer of sloth virals and writer director of award-winning documentary Meet the Sloths/Too Cute! Baby Sloths!
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Insect Hordes, Chemical Warfare = Amazing Rainforest Biodiversity!

Insect Hordes, Chemical Warfare = Amazing Rainforest Biodiversity! | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Warfare between plants and insects is responsible for remarkable tropical biodiversity, two ecologists contend.
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Species Spotlight: The Amazon River Dolphin

Species Spotlight: The Amazon River Dolphin | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Amazon River Dolphin also known as the Pink River Dolphin or Boto, lives only in fresh water. They are considered to be of medium size within the dolphin family
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image from: http://www.newmediawarrior.net/2014/03/7-animals-that-will-make-you-go-wow/

 

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Dozens of Insect Species Living Only On Two Types of Flower – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

Dozens of Insect Species Living Only On Two Types of Flower – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Los Amigos Biological Station sits within the Peruvian Amazon—one of the planet’s richest hotspots for life. Countless species fly, scurry, climb and burrow through the surrounding rainforest. To b...
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Wanted: Amazon Orchid Bee Wranglers!

Wanted: Amazon Orchid Bee Wranglers! | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
How to wrangle Orchid Bees in the Amazon Rainforest
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Science in the rainforest?  YOU BET! 

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The Race to Save the World's Chocolate

The Race to Save the World's Chocolate | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A shortage of the beloved confection will soon be upon us, analysts say. Counteracting it could involve brand-new strains of cacao.
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Eavesdropping on the Secret Social World of Amazon Giant Otters

Eavesdropping on the Secret Social World of Amazon Giant Otters | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Giant otters can grow to nearly 6 feet in length and are the largest otter species on the planet. In addition to being huge, giant river otters also have a (relatively) huge vocabulary.
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Fishermen in Brazil Save a River Goliath, and Their Livelihoods - New York Times

Fishermen in Brazil Save a River Goliath, and Their Livelihoods - New York Times | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Efforts to save the pirarucu, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish, have been a success while offering a strategy for fending off a broader freshwater extinction crisis.
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Mammals of the Amazon | Amazon Aid Foundation

Mammals of the Amazon | Amazon Aid Foundation | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Amazon rainforest is home to a large portion of the …
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Amazon Turtles 'Talk' to Their Tots - Yahoo News

Amazon Turtles 'Talk' to Their Tots - Yahoo News | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Amazon Turtles 'Talk' to Their Tots
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Brian Horne is coordinator of turtle conservation for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
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Turtles for your Tuesday!  

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See-Through Frogs With Green Bones Discovered in Peru

See-Through Frogs With Green Bones Discovered in Peru | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Researchers discover four new species of frog in the Peruvian Andes, three of which are see-through.
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Sweet news from the Amazon/Andes of Peru! 

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Amazonian Butterflies Drinking Turtle Tears | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities

Amazonian Butterflies Drinking Turtle Tears | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Deep in the Amazon rainforest, minerals like sodium are really scarce, so to get their fill, colorful butterflies drink turtle tears directly from their eyes
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To Breathe Upside-Down, Sloths Tape Organs To Their Ribs – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

To Breathe Upside-Down, Sloths Tape Organs To Their Ribs – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
If you spent a lot of your life hanging upside-down, you’ve got a problem. Your liver, kidneys, stomach and other internal organs would press down upon your lungs and diaphragm, making it marginall...
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Are We Any Closer to Knowing How Many Species There Are on Earth?

Are We Any Closer to Knowing How Many Species There Are on Earth? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Are there half a million? 100 Million? After decades of research, there is no consensus
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Brief lives linked to Amazon biodiversity

Brief lives linked to Amazon biodiversity | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The South American Amazon rainforest is renowned for being one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, boasting an estimated 16,000 different tree species. However, the distribution of these diverse tree species is curiously uneven. What is the reason behind this irregular diversity? According to a new study, the answer lies within short durations between tree generations.
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Light Pollution Keeps Rainforest Bats from Eating and Disbursing Seeds - Nature World News

Light Pollution Keeps Rainforest Bats from Eating and Disbursing Seeds - Nature World News | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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Light Pollution Keeps Rainforest Bats from Eating and Disbursing Seeds
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To test this they ran an experiment using Sowell's short-tailed bats, a type of fruit bat common in tropical forests.
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