Magnistipula butayei
This specimen was prepared from one of several ripe fruits found under a tree in a dense forest close to the border between the Central African Republic and the Republic of the Congo. When he found the tree, the collector, David Harris, knew two things straight away. First, he had never seen this species before; and second, the fruit must appeal to elephants. Its yeasty smell and mealy texture were reminiscent of other elephant-dispersed fruit, and he could think of no other animal able to ingest a stone of that size. Having taken the fruits back to camp to prepare dried specimens, he realised that their soft flesh would be unlikely to dry fully in the humidity of the rain forest. Instead, he put one under a tap to wash away the pulp, which left behind this curious network of fibres.

Levon Biss

Print Only: $1,650.00
Framed Print: $1,910.00
Print Size: 938x670 mm
Frame Size: 1140x870 mm
Paper Type: Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Baryta 315gsm
Frame Colour: White
Exhibit: POS LB 242 24

 

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Magnistipula butayei
مانيستيبولا بوتاييه
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This specimen was prepared from one of several ripe fruits found under a tree in a dense forest close to the border between the Central African Republic and the Republic of the Congo. When he found the tree, the collector, David Harris, knew two things straight away. First, he had never seen this species before; and second, the fruit must appeal to elephants. Its yeasty smell and mealy texture were reminiscent of other elephant-dispersed fruit, and he could think of no other animal able to ingest a stone of that size. Having taken the fruits back to camp to prepare dried specimens, he realised that their soft flesh would be unlikely to dry fully in the humidity of the rain forest. Instead, he put one under a tap to wash away the pulp, which left behind this curious network of fibres.

تمّ تحضير هذه العيّنة من إحدى الثمار الناضجة التي وُجدت تحت شجرةٍ في غابةٍ كثيفة قرب الحدود بين جمهورية إفريقيا الوسطى وجمهورية الكونغو. عندما وجد هاوي جمع هذه الأنواع ديفيد هاريس الشجرة، أدرك أمرَين على الفور. أولاً، لم يسبق له أن رأى هذا النوع من قبل؛ وثانياً، يجب أن تروق الثمرة للفيلة. تشبه رائحتها الخميرة وتمتازُ بملمسٍ متفتّت فتجذب إليها الفيلة التي تساعد بدورها في تفريق الفاكهة، وما من حيوانٍ آخر قادرٍ على ابتلاع فاكهة أشبه بحجر وبهذا الحجم. بعد أن أخذَ الثمار إلى المخيّم لإعداد عيناتٍ جافة، أدركَ أنّه من غير المُحتمل أن يجفّ لبّها الناعم تماماً في رطوبة الغابة المطيرة. بدلاً من ذلك، وضعَ إحداها تحت صنبور لغسل اللب حيث خلّفت وراءها هذه الشبكة الغريبة من الألياف.

Photographer:
Levon Biss
ليفون بيس

Print Only: $1,650.00

Framed Print: $1,910.00

Print Size: 938x670 mm

Frame Size: 1140x870 mm

Exhibit: POS LB 242 24

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