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Field Trip: Peru 2007-2009

We first traveled to the Peruvian rainforest in August 2007 and visited several potential study sites, one in the northern – Madre Selva Biological Station (pic. 49-51), one in the southern – Los Amigos Biological Station (pic. 44-48), and one in the central part of the Peruvian Amazon – Panguana Biological Station (all other pictures). Although Madre Selva and Los Amigos provide for almost luxurious living conditions (one of them with internet access), Panguana – not offering much in terms of facilities (but since 2009 there is a shower!) – provided for the best study sites and we returned to this small but friendly station in 2008 and 2009 where we are always taken care of extremely well by Moro and his wife Nery. The rocky bed of the Llullapichis river is home to several species of weakly electric fish and close to ideal for investigating electric communication behaviour under natural conditions during the dry season, except when thunderstorms in the nearby Sira Mountains let the water level rise by 80cm in 10 min. We have been working on electric fish at Panguana in collaboration with Dr. Hernan Ortega Torres (Museo de Historia Natural de la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru) and his student Isabel Gamboa. In 2009 we have also started a bat project in collaboration with Dr. Víctor Pacheco (Museo de Historia Natural de la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru) and his student Sandra Velazco.

       


 



 
Panguana Biological Station, Peru