Wandering spider
       
     
Disc-winged bat
       
     
False coral snake
       
     
False coral snake II
       
     
Opossum
       
     
Opossum II
       
     
Fungi at night
       
     
Amazon tree boa
       
     
Metallic wood-boring beetle
       
     
Wandering spider
       
     
Wandering spider

The wandering spider is one of the most feared spiders in the Amazon due to its fatal bite, which also causes priapism (or prolonged erections) in males. But as I photographed it, it hung motionless on a fine thread of silk: either cautious of our presence or focussed on its hunt. 

Disc-winged bat
       
     
Disc-winged bat

This disc-winged bat is the first one ever recorded in the Mascoitania rainforest, where the Crees Foundation have been surveying every day for 12 years. The suction discs on its wrists allow it to stick to leaves while it sleeps. Photographing it was... interesting! It involved getting inside a butterfly trap (a slim cylinder made of netting) which we hung from the roof of the open-air project room, alone with the bat, in case it flew... which - of course - it did!

False coral snake
       
     
False coral snake

The sun strikes the head of this mimicking coral snake, bringing to life the colours it uses to avoid predators.

False coral snake II
       
     
False coral snake II

Curling up in a defensive position allows us to see this false coral snake's iridescent colours.

Opossum
       
     
Opossum

Opossums are similar to mice, but have opposable thumbs, meaning they can climb. This little critter was found in a pit-fall trap, originally intended to survey reptiles and amphibians. Since, this image has been featured on the BBC Earth Instagram page.

Opossum II
       
     
Opossum II

Putting those opposable thumbs to good use.

Fungi at night
       
     
Fungi at night

Fungi are critical to life in the rainforest by breaking down nutrients that otherwise couldn't be reused by other plants and animals. However, they go largely unnoticed by those looking for more glamorous signs of life. Since lighting them up like this and seeing their beauty in detail I've never been able to ignore them.

Amazon tree boa
       
     
Amazon tree boa

This beautiful snake is a juvenile Amazon tree boa, which could grow to up to 7 feet. 

Metallic wood-boring beetle
       
     
Metallic wood-boring beetle

This colourful beetle reminds us of the millions of striking and important creatures which go unnoticed but which are crucial parts of the complex system of life that knits the rainforest together.