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Spiders in Borneo: Top ten animal encounters

Spiders in Borneo: Top ten animal encounters

A tropical rainforest is so biologically intense that you can't help but have many meetings with its inhabitants. Here, some of my most memorable encounters with animals in Borneo, presented as a top ten list.10.

April 19, 2012 — Wayne Maddison
Spiders in Borneo: Jumping spider rainbow

Spiders in Borneo: Jumping spider rainbow

Returning from the Borneo expedition, I can look forward to months of sifting through specimens, taking data from them, and analyzing. We will be focused on what the specimens can tell us scientifically, but as we are doing this, each specimen will be a souvenir.

April 18, 2012 — Wayne Maddison
Spiders in Borneo: The Music of Biodiversity

Spiders in Borneo: The Music of Biodiversity

On the plane flight home, I feel the afterglow of five weeks of walking on paths in Bornean rainforest, of living smells and stubborn itches, of jumping spider faces looking up at me.

April 17, 2012 — Wayne Maddison
Spiders in Borneo: The spiders who wouldn't be

Spiders in Borneo: The spiders who wouldn't be

With the field work done, our attention turns to handling all of the specimens. We have barely had time to glance at most of them. My curiosity to peruse them under a microscope is strong, as I want to figure out what we got, but that will have to wait until after we get home to the lab in Canada.

April 16, 2012 — Wayne Maddison
Spiders in Borneo: Trees that grow from sky to ground

Spiders in Borneo: Trees that grow from sky to ground

The first time I arrived to the Amazon rainforest decades ago, I was astounded at the intensity. Everywhere I looked, there was a story unfolding -- predation, decay, camouflage, parasitism.

April 13, 2012 — Wayne Maddison

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