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Pictures: Ecuador animal expedition
25 February 2014
Last updated at 08:51
A team of experts and conservationists from Chester zoo have been on a fact-finding expedition to Ecuador, and they sent back some amazing pictures. Check them out!
A team from Chester Zoo have travelled to the Cerro Blanco forest in south west Ecuador to survey the area's biodiversity. Using remotely-operated cameras and field observations they recorded hundreds of plant and animal species across 30km of forest trails, including this barred forest falcon.
This Guayaquil squirrel is one of the city's namesakes. Along with the rare parrot of Guayaquil, an endangered subspecies of the great green macaw, it has been adopted as the symbol of the city.
This little beast is known as a purplebloom or pinkbloom tarantula. When they are young they start out with the orange and black markings and become either brown or purple and pink as an adult.
This is a giant mesquite bug and it's from the Coreidae family. The males of these large leaf-footed bugs have extra-large hind legs featuring bumps and spines whereas the females’ are thin and smooth.
Green iguanas use ‘head bobs’ in a variety of ways, such as greeting another iguana or to court a possible mate. The frequency and number of head bobs have particular meanings to other iguanas.
This is a mantled howler monkey, it's one of the largest Central and South American monkeys. Howlers are the only New World primates which regularly eat mature leaves in their diet.
Twenty-one bat species roost in Cerro Blanco, including Pallas's long-tongued bat (pictured). This small species feeds on nectar and weighs an average of just 9.6g.
The forest includes part of the Ecuadorian coastline where many species, such as this swimming crab, live in the mangroves. It uses its flattened legs as paddles to propel itself through the water.
The forest reserve has been protected since the 1990s and is listed as one of the country's 'important bird areas'. Nine globally threatened species of bird are found in the area which is home to 221 bird species in total, including this Ecuadorian trogon.