Photo Sampler of Tropical Invertebrates

Another fascinating part of field herping, along with all the other natural wonders we encounter, is the invertebrates! This forum is dedicated to both field and captive invertebrates.

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Photo Sampler of Tropical Invertebrates

Post by Antonsrkn » December 3rd, 2015, 8:55 pm

So here is a small selection of invertebrate images I have accumulated over the past year and a half or so. I was lucky to work in Borneo and then immediately after that worked on a project in Ecuador, all the photos are from those 2 places. Each photo has a more detailed description if you follow the link to flickr. But I'm happy to answer any additional questions about any of the images if anyone has any. Hope you enjoy and find atleast some of the material interesting.

Best,
Anton

ImageMetamorphosis by Anton, on Flickr

Little crab endemic to one (not very tall) mountain top in Bornean Malaysia
ImageEndemic Crab by Anton, on Flickr

ImageSuspended by Anton, on Flickr

ImageHalloween Spider by Anton, on Flickr

ImageGreen Spiral by Anton, on Flickr

ImageA Big Meal by Anton, on Flickr

ImageLittle Lynx by Anton, on Flickr

Infamous terrestrial leeches, on some days I'd get 100s of these on me. Easy to see why, brush against this leaf and thats 3 already.
ImageThree's Company by Anton, on Flickr

ImageDanum Jungle Weevil by Anton, on Flickr

ImageGreen Mantid by Anton, on Flickr

ImageStanding Guard by Anton, on Flickr

ImageProud Mother by Anton, on Flickr

ImageLeaf Mantis by Anton, on Flickr

ImageParasitic fungi by Anton, on Flickr

ImageFlower Mantis by Anton, on Flickr

ImageKinabalu Spider by Anton, on Flickr

ImageMystery Insect Shell by Anton, on Flickr

ImageMothra by Anton, on Flickr

ImageCasting Nets by Anton, on Flickr

ImageEcdysis by Anton, on Flickr

ImageCordyceps Moth by Anton, on Flickr

Species of scorpion endemic to Mt. Kinabalu, described in 2012
ImageForest Scorpion by Anton, on Flickr

ImageGentle Giants by Anton, on Flickr

ImageBanquet by Anton, on Flickr

ImageEcuadorian Mountain Moth by Anton, on Flickr

ImageMidnight Snack by Anton, on Flickr

ImageDinner by Anton, on Flickr

ImageColorful Moth by Anton, on Flickr

ImageEgg Buffet by Anton, on Flickr

ImageWhopper Heterometrus by Anton, on Flickr

ImageGreenery by Anton, on Flickr

ImageShieldbug Snack by Anton, on Flickr

ImageLift-off by Anton, on Flickr

Biggest leech species in the world
ImageGiant Leech by Anton, on Flickr

ImageSpace Invader by Anton, on Flickr

ImageFirework Butt by Anton, on Flickr

ImageMenacing Moth. by Anton, on Flickr

ImageMystery Centipede by Anton, on Flickr

ImageBanquet by Anton, on Flickr

ImageTropical Lantern Bug by Anton, on Flickr

ImagePurple and Orange Cloud Forest Tarantula by Anton, on Flickr

ImageSpider Cloud by Anton, on Flickr

ImageBornean Fulgorid by Anton, on Flickr

ImageHalloween Spider by Anton, on Flickr

ImageGlorious Gastropod by Anton, on Flickr

ImageA parliament of flies by Anton, on Flickr

ImageBadly Camouflaged by Anton, on Flickr

ImageAntennae cleaning by Anton, on Flickr

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Re: Photo Sampler of Tropical Invertebrates

Post by NACairns » December 5th, 2015, 7:41 am

Great photos, you have come across some amazing inverts in your travels. I'm particularly impressed by your diversity of mantids and cordyceps fungus. I think my favourite is the jungle weevil. Those are disparate areas what were you doing that took you to both? Thanks for sharing these beautiful shots.
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Nick

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Re: Photo Sampler of Tropical Invertebrates

Post by Antonsrkn » December 5th, 2015, 7:21 pm

Thanks for taking a look! I agree mantids and cordyceps are always exciting to find, I saw a lot of both during the course of work when I didn't have my camera and never got a chance to get photos of but I did manage to run across my fair share of both when I'd go hiking after work. I was also very happy about the weevil, months in the jungle there and I only ever saw the one weevil like it.

So I was working as a field tech or whatever you want to call it in both locations. I was helping with my friends project in Borneo, we were doing a lot of camera trapping of mammalian frugivores in the jungle around there. Then it worked out so that before my field season in Borneo was over I was hired to assist on a conservation project dealing with the Endangered El Oro Parakeet; involving community outreach, monitoring of the birds nests, movement, etc... with the eventual goal of establishing a protected wildlife corridor in Ecuador.

Now i'm in NC doing grad work, my next fieldwork trip will be for my own project down to Peru! Can't wait!

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Re: Photo Sampler of Tropical Invertebrates

Post by TravisK » December 10th, 2015, 5:00 pm

Wow, I loved this invert thread. Great work!

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Re: Photo Sampler of Tropical Invertebrates

Post by Kelly Mc » February 1st, 2016, 1:01 pm

Fantastic voyage loved it!

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