December 12, 2015
I am sure that everyone is familiar with bioluminescence to some degree. We have all heard about ‘fireflies’, even if haven’t seen them with our own eyes. While this representative species is a classic example from the southern hemisphere, bioluminescence is more common than most would guess. From Dinoflagellates in the intertidal zones, to some deep-sea fish species. However, most of the species that can produce this amazing natural spectacle are invertebrates, specially arthropods. And, it happens to be that the Neotropical rainforest –specially Manu National Park- hosts the highest amount of arthropod biodiversity in the world.
First of all, what is Bioluminescence, how does it happen, and what is it used in the animal world?
Bioluminescence is defined as the production of light by a living organism, and is created by a Luciferin-Luciferase chemical reaction. Different organism use this tactic for different purposes, some species use it to attract prey, other do so to avoid getting eaten, however, most species use it a courtship mechanism, in order to maximize their chances of mating.
During a single night walk around Tambo Blanquillo Lodge, your guide will be able to show you different types of bioluminescent creatures, ranging from beetles, fungi, and you might even find a recently described species of glowing-worm. Besides the bioluminescence spectacle, a night walk could also include other surprises such as night-monkeys, tarantulas, snakes, and with a luck, maybe even a cat walking by the trail.
If you wish to witness this amazing expectable, and many more in the wilderness of the Peruvian Amazon, please do not hesitate to contact us, we will do our best to create the perfect itinerary for you.