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tapirus terrestris

tapirus terrestris
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Copyright: Paulo Henrique Maziero (maziero) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 13] (130)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Cannon EOS Rebel XTi, 18-55 Canon EFS
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-07-11 8:54
Viewed: 3497
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Four species of tapir exist on the planet today. All are closely related, although the Asian (often called Malayan) tapir lives in Southeast Asia, while the other three live in the Americas. The Baird's tapir lives in Mexico and Central America, and has been found in the northernmost areas of Colombia; the lowland (often called Brazilian) tapir lives in the rain forests of South America; and the mountain tapir lives in the high cloud forests and paramos of the northern Andes of Colombia and Ecuador. The tapirs are related to the primitive horse and to the rhinoceros. Prehistoric tapirs inhabited Europe, North America and Southeast Asia, including China, with no remains having been found on the continents of Africa, Australia, or Antarctica. Ancient tapirs would not have looked much different from their cousins of the present day, although their noses didn't grow to the present length until the last few million years. Although we don't know much about their ancient migration patterns, tapirs did migrate from Central to South America across the Panamanian Land Bridge about 2-3 million years ago.

Lowland or Brazilian tapir: This species, Tapirus terrestris, also called "Anta" in Brazil, inhabits not only Brazil, but much of the wet jungle area of South America. Its range is from Colombia through most of South America south to Paraguay and northern Argentina. Its most prominent feature is the crest or ridge developed along the back of its neck, possibly as a protection from jaguars. This gives its face somewhat of a sculptured or concave look. Its coloration is normally tan to brown, and it has more color variation among individuals than the other three species. Some of these variations may represent subspecies, but no general agreement has been reached on that point. The lowland tapir tends to be a bit smaller than the Baird's tapir, but larger than the mountain tapir. Sizes are relative, though, and an individual of any of these species can be on the small or large side, overlapping the size of other species. An adult might weigh about 400 to 500 pounds.

This pic was took in the "Itatiba Zoo" (São Paulo state) and the information note from:


In the workshop i post other POV, but with some shadow.

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Ciao Paulo, original portrait of lovely creature, perfect focus and wonderful sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Oi vizinho! (Hoje em TN e também o mapa)

Obrigado pelo seu comentário, sua foto não é deixada para trás. Definitivamente o POV é bastante engraçado. Mas o detalhe e brilho são muito bons. Congratulo-me com a precisão do brasão da anta, e muito bem conseguida com uma boa composição.

Saúde e ter feliz semana!



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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-07-12 12:24]

Hello Paulo,

Your POV is very interesting! Nice BG!


Oi Paulo, que linda foto. Gostei muito do ângulo e das cores. O brilho da água está impecável. Gosto muito de fotos com esse tipo de ângulo, diferente, nada tradicional. Ela parece tão concentrada....rs É um aninaml tão simpático, não sei porque o depreciam tanto usando seu nome como sinonimo de burrice ou coisa parecida. Parabéns, olhando em um primeiro momento parece uma leoa.....

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