In the Rainforest
“Red on black is a friend of Jack, red on yellow kills a fellow”! This rhyme may apply to the North American coral snake but here in the tropics a bite from either snake may be fatal .
Piranhas belong to the family Characidae and are related to herbivorous species like the Pacu .
It’s 4 am in the rainforest and you are awakened by the sound of loud eerie roaring; if you are new to the environment it can be a disconcerting sound .
The Giant Water Lily (Victoria amazonica) is a flowering plant and the largest of the Nymphaeaceae family of water lilies in the world .
Ite (Mauritiaflexuosa) also known as Morichi, belongs to the plant family which includes all palms (Arecaceae) .
Kufa (Clusiaspp) is a plant which is widely distributed in the tropical rainforests of Guyana and belongs to the family of plants known as Clusiaceae .
Locust (Hymenaea courbaril) or ‘Stinking Toe’, grows on both clay and sandy soils and can be found along rivers in mixed Mora forests and marsh forests .
[caption id="attachment_123788" align="alignright" width="236" caption="Corallus Hortulana - Jake Bicknell "][/caption]In Guyana there are eight snake families .
Frogs are amphibians; they have moist, scaleless skin and are exothermic animals .
Rain forests are rich in biodiversity and are home to many different plants and animals .
Kinkajous (Potos Flavus), also known as Night Monkeys or Honey Bears, and Olingos (genus Bassaricyon) are both members of the Racoon family .
It’s more than six feet long with a great bushy tail, long snout, and big claws on its front feet .
Guyana is home to four species of Caiman including the Spectacled Caiman, Black Caiman and two species of Dwarf Caiman; they are classified in the subfamily Alligatoridae and are often mistaken for alligators .
There are over 1,100 species of bats worldwide, with at least 121 species found in Guyana and 86 found within the Iwokrama forest .
The King Vulture, Sarcoramphus papa or Kasana as it known locally by the Makushi people, is the largest bird of the New World Vulture family, Cathartidae, with a length of 67 to 81 cm and a wingspan of 1 .
The Black Curassow (Crax alector), or Powis, as they are locally called in Guyana, are found in humid forested areas in the Guianas, northern Amazon, southern Venezuela and parts of Colombia, and are part of the family of .
Vampire bats, creatures of many myths and legends, are blood-feeding, flying mammals found throughout Central and South America .
The Jaguar (Panthera onca) is the largest cat in the Americas and ranges from the south western US to Argentina .
Pandion Haliaetus, more commonly known as the Osprey or Fish Hawk, or locally known as ‘Tanuwaka,’ can be found in forested areas near bodies of water .
Giant River Turtles (Podocnemis expansa) are found in the Guianas, Venezuela and the Amazon as well as in rivers, .
The Jabiru Stork (Jabiru mycteria) is the tallest (122-40 cm) flying bird in South and Central America and belongs to the stork family, Ciconiidae .
This is the first in a series of articles about the various species of fauna and flora which abound in Guyana’s rain forest and the Rupununi Savannahs .