December 29, 2013 · Uncategorized

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Wanted to post a few of the fun shots that came from 2013.  Has been a good year and I’ve loved my job at the San Antonio Zoo.

The Amazon Basin was good to me in 2013 across a couple of visits.  Here are a few photographic results:

Amazon Manatee (Trichechus inunguis)

Amazon Manatee (Trichechus inunguis)

Amazon Manatee (Trichechus inunguis)

Amazon Manatee (Trichechus inunguis)

Bald uakari (Cacajao calvus rubicunda)

Bald uakari (Cacajao calvus rubicunda)

Jaguar (Panthera onca)

Jaguar (Panthera onca)

Amazon River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis)

Amazon River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis)

Paiche (Arapaima gigas)

Paiche (Arapaima gigas)

Paiche (Arapaima gigas)

Paiche (Arapaima gigas)

Amazonian Palm Salamander (Bolitoglossa cf altamazonica)

Amazonian Palm Salamander (Bolitoglossa cf altamazonica)

Ross Allen's Treefrog (Dendropsophus rossalleni)

Ross Allen's Treefrog (Dendropsophus rossalleni)

Eye-ringed Bushfrog (Hypsiboas cinerascens)

Eye-ringed Bushfrog (Hypsiboas cinerascens)

Silver-eyed Monkeyfrog (Phyllomedusa vaillantii)

Silver-eyed Monkeyfrog (Phyllomedusa vaillantii)

A female Amazon Leaf Toad (Rhinella margaritifera)

A female Amazon Leaf Toad (Rhinella margaritifera)

An Alligator Bug

An Alligator Bug (Fulgora laternaria)

 Ant Mimicing Treehopper (Family Membracidae) (Cyphonia clavata)

Ant Mimicing Treehopper (Family Membracidae) (Cyphonia clavata)

Mantispid

Mantispid

Mantispid

Mantispid

Amazonian River Turtle (Podocnemis expansa)

Amazonian River Turtle (Podocnemis expansa)

An Amazon Pigmy Gecko (Pseudogonatodes guianensis)

An Amazon Pigmy Gecko (Pseudogonatodes guianensis)

Rainbow Boa (Epicrates cenchria)

Rainbow Boa (Epicrates cenchria)

From Chile:

Chilean Opilionid

Chilean Opilionid

Chilean Opilionid

Chilean Opilionid

Chilean Opilionid

Chilean Opilionid

Field work in the US:

A preserved Coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae) at California Academy of Sciences

A preserved Coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae) at California Academy of Sciences

Turtle survey at Comal Springs, TX

Turtle survey at Comal Springs, TX

Turtle survey at Comal Springs, TX

Turtle survey at Comal Springs, TX

Comal Springs, New Braunfels, TX

Comal Springs, New Braunfels, TX

Groundwater Isopod (Caecidotea sp.) brooding eggs, Franklin Co, TN

Groundwater Isopod (Caecidotea sp.) brooding eggs, Franklin Co, TN

A "Frosted" Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus) from Marion Co., TN

A "Frosted" Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus) from Marion Co., TN

A Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber) from Marion Co., TN

A Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber) from Marion Co., TN

A strange amphibian to run into deep within a Tennessee cave.....

A strange amphibian to run into deep within a Tennessee cave.....

Mexican Beavertail Fairy Shrimp (Thamnocephalus mexicanus), New Mexico

Mexican Beavertail Fairy Shrimp (Thamnocephalus mexicanus), New Mexico

A leech feeding on a tadpole tail in Texas

A leech feeding on a tadpole tail in Texas

Fun @ the San Antonio Zoo

Bothriechis rowleyi from Mexico, photographed at the San Antonio Zoo

Rowley's Palm Pit Viper (Bothriechis rowleyi) from Mexico, photographed at the San Antonio Zoo

Chuxiong Fire Belly Newt (Cynops cyanurus) @ the San Antonio Zoo

Chuxiong Fire Belly Newt (Cynops cyanurus) @ the San Antonio Zoo

Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) @ the San Antonio Zoo

Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) @ the San Antonio Zoo

More:

Amazonian Leaf Frog (Cruziohyla craspedopus)

Amazonian Leaf Frog (Cruziohyla craspedopus)

Persian Carpet Flower (Edithcolea grandis)

Persian Carpet Flower (Edithcolea grandis)

Carrion flower (Stapelia gettleffi)

Carrion flower (Stapelia gettleffi)

Written by Dante


23 comments on “Fun shots from 2013”

  1. Todd:

    Awesome encounters for you in 2013… thanks for sharing, Dante.


  2. Scott Humfeld:

    Great shots, Dante, as always. More critters waiting for you down here for 2014.


  3. Jeff Bricmont:

    A lot of great photos, Dante! You sure stuff a lot of travel into a year. Thanks for sharing these with us!


  4. Dante:

    Thanks for the comments guys; it was a good year!

    Cheers Dante


  5. Juan Castillo:

    I really like this blog. You are shooting some strange stuff. I still think you may have an unhealthy thing going with blind fish but I wouldn’t want you to stop taking your photographs. I really like your deep sea fish work. Keep it up!
    Gracias, Juan Castillo


  6. Kathryn Tosney:

    wonderful, wonderful photos, Dante, beautifully composed and they so nicely capture the animal.


  7. Dante:

    Hi Juan-I agree, I am a bit of a freak in the way I go after photographing a species of blind cave fish that I haven’t seen before. Thanks so much for all of the comments!

    Cheers & Thanks-Dante


  8. Dante:

    Thanks so much Kathryn!


  9. KC:

    Have you thought of doing a book?


  10. Dante:

    Hi KC-I am working on finishing up a photographic biodiversity book that will be published through Johns Hopkins University Press. It features wildlife that spends most of their lives in the dark with chapters on deep sea, cave, nocturnal, and burrowing wildlife. Should be available this time next year.

    Cheers & Thanks-Dante


  11. Lauren:

    Dante,

    Caught your talk in Albuquerque and loved it. Your energy is amazing. Love these photographs but love the enthusiasm you bring even more. Please keep it up.

    Hug-Lauren


  12. Linda:

    Bet you never thought you’d be doing all of this cool shit when we were hanging out in high school! :) You rock.

    Keep it up Cutie! Linda


  13. Dante:

    Hi Linda,

    Great to hear from you. Yeah, I’m a lucky guy, no doubt.

    Thanks for connecting here.

    Cheers-Dante


  14. Dante:

    Lauren,

    Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m glad you liked the talk and I hope I expanded an appreciation for biodiversity in the group.

    Kindest Regards-Dante


  15. Candace:

    Found you from the Compound Eye. Great shots.


  16. Eleana:

    Wow


  17. Louis P.:

    Vous avez un cadeau


  18. Ted C. MacRae:

    Great selection of photos. I really like the Ross Allen’s Treefrog shot, but since I am entomologist I will have to go with Chilean opilionid on black as my favorite.


  19. Olivia:

    MANATEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I so love them


  20. Seo:

    Congratulations on having one of the most sophisticated blogs Ive come across in some time! Its just incredible how much you can take away from something simply because of how visually beautiful it is. You’ve put together a great blog space –great graphics, videos, layout. This is definitely a must-see blog! BTW-found it via the SA site


  21. Nathan Crafts:

    Hello this is Nathan from Honey Creek Elementary. Remember, you helped me with my school project. It was about Darwin’s Frog.
    I like the pictures that you have posted lately especially the Manatees, also the manatees are my favorite animal to take notes on! What’s the latest on Darwin’s Frog?
    Plsss answer back.
    Sincerely,
    Nathan


  22. Dante:

    Hi Nathan,

    So nice to hear from you! The Darwin’s Frogs at the National Zoo of Chile are doing quite well. We have many baby frogs that were produced in our lab that are growing up right now. We are also working with other endangered amphibian species like False Toads and the Mehuin Green Frog. If you look through the posts that I have made, you can see images of all of them. In fact, we were just in Chile working in the field and I am working to make a new post with images of the field work.

    Thank you for your message, Nathan!

    Cheers-Dante


  23. CMC:

    Having read this I thought it was extremely enlightening. I appreciate you taking the time and energy to put this article together. I once again find myself personally spending way too much time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it.

    Best CMC


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