Amethystine Pythons Amethystine Pythons - Morelia kinghorni (Stull, 1933) are vividly-white along their ventral surfaces and are also equipped with highly-evolved heat-sensing pits along their jaw-lines, rich with infrared receptors. Ambush is their most efficient predatory stratagem, but nocturnally-conspicuous warm-blooded mammals are, by necessity, super-sensitive to the underlying danger signal of white, so pythons conceal the full-length of their white under-bellies along
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Fantastic Fan Palms A lofty spire emerges from the head of a Fan Palm – Licuala ramsayi (F.Muell.) and radiates flamboyantly into a flawless circle of inspiring proportions. Zig-zagged channelling extends from the stem’s pleasing eccentricity to the enormous leaf’s periphery, giving the impression that the tremendous number of such fronds were each individually pinked to optimise their aesthetic appeal. When these majestic
Jungle Carpet Python The ventral surface of the Jungle Carpet Python - Morelia spilota cheynei (Wells & Wellington, 1984) is brilliant white. Optimising visibility to the eyesight of nocturnal fauna, including diminutive blossom bats and adorable striped possums, white also allows nocturnal fauna to be better seen, for important purposes such as mate-selection. Jungle Carpet Pythons are also equipped along their jaw-lines
Vibrancy of Yellow As a recurring rainforest theme, the vibrancy of yellow stands out with brazen distinction. The yellow blooms of Golden Penda - Xanthostemon chrysanthum (F.Muell.) radiate with regal splendour. Under the influence of blue-dominated low-light within the rainforest understory, protoplasmic Slime Mould - Physarum polycephalum (Schwein) streams beautifully bright-yellow and in terms of network intricacy and speed of motility, impresses
Protecting a Sacred-Site Asserted as much as a distinction of the natural environment, as a requirement of the inhabitant human mind, territorialism protects habitat integrity and its treasured repository of amassed memory. Areas of singularly invaluable memory, such as sacred birthing sites, are respected with the highest order of territorial protection and through the exclusion of conflicting uses that would otherwise contaminate the
Hope's Cycad - Lepidozamia hopeii Growing at an estimated meter per century, the venerable Hope’s Cycad - Lepidozamia hopei (W.Hill) Regel, attains a potential height of twenty-metres across two-millennia. Reproducing about once every seven years, with both male and female plants producing large reproductive cones atop their axes, appears to be both periodic but also triggered by cyclones. In the critical phase of cone
I heard my first Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher - Tanysiptera sylvia (Gould, 1850) for the year, today. It arrived from West Papua or Papua New Guinea to nest exclusively in the epigeal or terrestrial termite mounds of Microcerotermes serratus (Froggatt, 1898). Largely-symmetrical ellipsoid nests contain complex tunnels and chambers that regulate temperature, humidity and oxygen, to cultivate the growth of fungi that the termites
Treasured rainforest beauty The large and beautiful Macleay’s Swallowtail Moth - Lyssa macleayi (Montrouzier, 1856), is velvety-brown with bold white features, which are particularly prominent on the ventral surface in flight. It took me eight-years, however, searching every night into the depths of this ancient rainforest as a profession, before I found my first Northern Leaf-tailed Gecko – Saltuarius cornutus (Ogilby, 1892).
NATURE'S PHARMACY As the torrid internal rivalries of the world’s oldest rainforest have played out longer than any other, so have adaptive strategies developed with ever-increasing potency and as every toxic product provides a protective purpose, no other ecosystem is as likely to reveal such a rich repository of biochemical treasures with therapeutic benefit for a host of outstanding health-related concerns. As
Maja-Jalunji has undoubtedly become the most highly-refined photosynthetic performer on the planet. Drawing red bands of light from the white-light of the sun leaves a residue of reflected light that most humans see as green; and yet, within this reflected light, blue and ultraviolet bands dominate the un-utilised portion of residual white-light. A light environment is established at the leafy, outer-surface of the