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Peruvian Amazon: Manu Part III

  
 
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Fishing spider (Pisauridae):



En guarde - horsefly with long proboscis:



Net-casting spider (Deinopis sp.) constructing an egg sac:
The spider waits until nightfall when her huge anterior median eyes provide an unrivalled night vision, their lenses with an f/0.58) mean they are able to concentrate light more efficiently than a cat (f/0.9) or an owl (f/1.1). She owes this sensitivity to the light activated molecule rhodopsin, tightly packed into a microvillar membrane (which dramatically increases the surface area). Amazingly, 1500 times as many photons reach the light receptors in her eyes than the rods in our own eyes. She even accomplished this without the presence of a tapetum, a reflective membrane used to concentrate available light in many other nocturnal animals. However her work is not done. The rhodopsin which enables her unparalleled night vision is so sensitive to light that daytime exposure would actually destroy it. Thus, at dawn, the spider spends the first 2 hours dismantling the light sensitive microvillar membrane and rhodopsin molecules. The latter subsequently migrate behind a protective pigment layer, effectively rendering them less sensitive to light. When dusk falls, the light sensitive membrane is once again renewed, web building is resumed and the hunt can begin anew.



Rainbow boa (Corallus hortulanus):



Amazon broad-headed wood lizard (Enyalioides laticeps):



The following photos are all from camera traps...

Collared peccary (Dicotyles tajacu):



Grey four-eyed opossum (Philander opossum). Notice the cricket at the top of the frame which just managed to jump and evade the opossum:



Speckled chachalaca (Ortalis guttata):



Giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus):



Thanks for looking and commenting,
Paul

Edited on Jan 24, 2023 at 08:03 AM · View previous versions



Jan 23, 2023 at 03:29 PM
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One and three are works of art to my eyes, Paul!
Douglas



Jan 23, 2023 at 06:19 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Peruvian Amazon: Manu Part III


Another truly amazing set . Always so very interesting.

Birdie



Jan 23, 2023 at 07:54 PM
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Thanks Douglas and Birdie, much appreciated.


Jan 25, 2023 at 11:17 AM







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