Shane's World Right Arrow Geography Right Arrow The Peru 2000 Series, Part 4 • Robin's Pictures • Article © Robin Warne, uploaded January 01, 2002

Click for larger image You never knew what you would find at the exporters. To give you an idea of scale, that overflow pipe is about 2" diameter. That's an adonis pleco in the bottom right, also in there are Megalodoras irwini, Armoured Cats, other Plecos and a few cichlids. Click for larger image At the same exporters. The fish in the vat are all Corydoras - and you wonder how contaminants happen.
Click for larger image Approaching (via boat-taxi) a floating fish holding station. This is where fish are kept after collection but before transferred onto the exporters. Click for larger image Giles inspects some of the fish present.
Click for larger image Still at the floating fish station, here are some big rays and little red tail catfishes. Click for larger image The fringes of Iquitos from the air. These houses are all on stilts to keep them above the changing water levels all year round.
Click for larger image Collecting (using a large two-man seine net) in the open river. The trick here is to trap the fish against the reeds at the river bank and them scare them out into the net. In this habitat we netted Hypoptopoma, Giant River Hatchets, the odd Angelfish and various other medium sized cichlids. Click for larger image Typical jungle floor habitat. Here the water would be from less than 1" to 18" deep. The deeper the water the more mud was beneath it. Often you went waist deep in water but thigh deep in mud. In this habitat we caught Corydoras, various Talking cats, Rivulus, Apistogramma and assorted tetras including neons.
Click for larger image Those of you who are of squeamish nature look away. Underneath that butchers table is the remains of a red-tail. What size would that have been in one piece? Click for larger image A very pretty, (and considerably smaller and more intact) unidentified Pimelodid we collected.
Click for larger image A remarkably well camouflaged (it's a leaf-mimic bush Katydid of undetermined species) insect we encountered on a night time jungle walk. Click for larger image Know locally as "sapo grande" this is a decidedly indignant marine toad (Bufo marinus) also known in Australia, where it is introduced, as the Cane Toad. We literally fell over this fellow on a daytime collecting trip in the jungle.
Click for larger image A tree frog photographed at night. This appears to be a spotted color morph of the perplexing tree Frog, Hyla triangulum. Click for larger image The daytime colouration of another tree frog. This one is the red-spotted tree frog, Hyla punctata.
Click for larger image Cetopsis sp. caught on hook and line. The largest one's SL somewhere around 13". A very interesting albeit thoroughly unpleasant fish. Click for larger image Vulture catfish (Calophysus macropterus) caught on hook and line - this was the results of about an hours fishing off the back of the boat.
Click for larger image Robin captioned this picture "Two South American birds we met". You can't beat British humour. Our two birds are in fact the orange-winged Amazon parrot (left) and the festive Amazon parrot (right).

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