Onychophoras, commonly known as Velvet Worms, are the "missing link" between annelids and arthropods. Hitching a ride on it's mother's back I was able to snap a few shots before they escaped into the dense foliage of the Ecuadorian Amazon's terre firme rainforest. Not wanting to disturb them other than a few shots, I let them escape because they are known for squirting an adhesive slime.
This tiny jeweled frog found within the Yasuni National Park boundaries, but not on the other side of the Tiputini River in the park's buffer zone, is Ranitomeya duellmani. Quick and toxic I find myself sprawled out on the rain forest floor to get this shot, leaving me covered in mud.
Working with the TADPOLE Organization I assist with researching amphibians in the most biodiverse place on Earth, Yasuni National Park. With more species of amphibians than anywhere in the world, as documented by Shawn McCracken, this Hypsiboas cinerascens is one of the 150 amphibians found within this rainforest region. Taken in the field after a sudden rain these tree frogs were found calling along the interior forest streams.
Woolly Monkey, Lagothrix lagotricha poeppigii
Woolly monkey, Lagothrix lagotricha poeppigii, is threatening me as I am invading his space in a canopy tower at the Tiputni Biodiversity Station, Ecuador.
El Rey de la Selva, Panacanthus cuspidatus
Crowned like a king, the spike-headed katydid, Panacanthus cuspidatus, is remarkably spiney. Found in the Ecuadorian Amazon rain forest while hiking at night.
Pristimantis martiae caught on a night hike was brought back to the lab at the Yasuni Research Station, Ecuador. Working with the TADPOLE Organization I photograph all species of herpetofauna, specializing in amphibians.
Parrot Snake Threat
Threatened by me and my camera, this parrot snake, Leptophis ahaetulla, was constantly striking and dodging around with it's mouth gaping. Found in low-lying dense vegetation camoflaged as a vine in the Ecuadorian Amazon.