bud, flower and fruit (capsule). The species, which grows up to 70 cm (28 in) in height, has large showy flowers which measure 50 to 100 mm (2.0 to 3.9 in). The flower stem is usually covered with coarse hairs that are held at right angles to the surface. The later capsules are hairless, obovoid in shape, and less than twice as tall as they are wide, with a stigma at least as wide as the capsule.
The okapi is a giraffidartiodactyl mammal native to the Ituri Rainforest, located in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. Although the okapi bears striped markings reminiscent of zebras, it is most closely related to the giraffe. A 2013 study determined there are 10,000 okapis remaining in the wild, down from 40,000 a decade ago. The same year, the okapi was reclassified as an endangered species. The okapi’s tongue is also long enough for the animal to wash its eyelids and clean its ears (inside and out). Okapis are essentially solitary, coming together only to breed, with the exception of mothers and offspring. Okapis forage along fixed, well-trodden paths through the forest. Okapis are herbivores, feeding on tree leaves and buds, grasses, ferns, fruits, and fungi. Many of the plant species on which okapis feed are poisonous to humans.
A rather large “Huntsman Spider”, most likely in the family Platoridae, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, Ecuador
* Many of the other pictures I found of this species shows them feeding on other spiders. It seems that few of the people that photograph them actually know what species it is or in what family it resides. I decided to go with the family identification used by Science Photo Library’s photographer/biologist.