Graduate Field Course in Rainforest Research

Fauna and Flora

Corcovado Park is one of the last places in Central America where you can regularly see four species of monkey, scarlet macaw, white-lipped peccary, curassow, laughing falcon, and many other neotropical animals. Previous course members have seen giant anteater, brocket deer, puma, jaguar, ocelot, jaguarundi, crocodile, otter, tapir, and sloth.

The flora is very diverse and incompletely known. Well-known tropical ant-plant systems such as Cecropia-Azteca, Acacia-Pseudomyrmex, and those based on Piperaceae and Melastomaceae are present, as are ant gardens. Various botanists have contributed to identifying trees along the trail system so that it is possible to learn 50-100 tree species. The Osa Peninsula has interesting affinity with South American forests in the presence of trees such as Caryocar and Chaunochiton, grasshoppers in the family Proscopiidae, carton nesting ants (Azteca orita), and squirrel monkeys, to name a few organisms which are lacking on the Atlantic side of Costa Rica.

Species lists are available for some taxa.

Al Gentry letter describing and comparing the forest composition of Corcovado Park.

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