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Cactus Connection (42) More files... by Tui De Roy
For many plants and animals on the Galapagos Islands, survival makes for some prickly partnerships. Indeed, many of the animals here would not have been able to survive without the food, water and shelter that the cacti provide. The plants are helped in return by having their pollen transported from blossom to blossom, and their seeds dispersed over the landscape. But the cacti have also had to protect themselves against the destructive tendencies of the animals that depend on them. In the ensuing competition both sides - plant and animal - have developed canny tricks to be able to accomplish their purpose while also avoiding being abused.
Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) basking, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00480139 Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) basking, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Santa Fe Land Iguana (Conolophus pallidus) and Opuntia, Santa Fe Island, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00534164 Santa Fe Land Iguana (Conolophus pallidus) and Opuntia, Santa Fe Island, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) in Opuntia (Opuntia sp) cactus habitat, Plazas Island, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00534078 Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) in Opuntia (Opuntia sp) cactus habitat, Plazas Island, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) feeding on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) leaf, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00480136 Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) feeding on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) leaf, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) feeding on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) fruit, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00480138 Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) feeding on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) fruit, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) rolling freshly fallen ripe Opuntia cactus fruit to get rid of spines, Plazas Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00141213 Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) rolling freshly fallen ripe Opuntia cactus fruit to get rid of spines, Plazas Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) feeding on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) fruit, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00480137 Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) feeding on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) fruit, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) eating freshly fallen ripe Opuntia cactus fruit, Plazas Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00141212 Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) eating freshly fallen ripe Opuntia cactus fruit, Plazas Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Santa Fe Land Iguana (Conolophus pallidus) eating a cactus pad, Santa Fe Island, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00534166 Santa Fe Land Iguana (Conolophus pallidus) eating a cactus pad, Santa Fe Island, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Pinta Island Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni) named Lonesome George is the last individual of his subspecies, browsing on cactus, Charles Darwin Research Station, Pinta Island, Galapag...  -  Tui De Roy
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00445566 Pinta Island Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni) named Lonesome George is the last individual of his subspecies, browsing on cactus, Charles Darwin Research Station, Pinta Island, Galapag...© Tui De Roy
Saddleback Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra hoodensis) named Diego, an old male returned to the Galapagos from the San Diego Zoo in 1977 and sire of large number of young in captive breeding prog...  -  Tui De Roy
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00445448 Saddleback Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra hoodensis) named Diego, an old male returned to the Galapagos from the San Diego Zoo in 1977 and sire of large number of young in captive breeding prog...© Tui De Roy
Pinta Island Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni) named Lonesome George is the last individual of his subspecies, Charles Darwin Research Center, Pinta Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00445565 Pinta Island Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni) named Lonesome George is the last individual of his subspecies, Charles Darwin Research Center, Pinta Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Saddleback Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra hoodensis) named Diego, an old male returned to the Galapagos from the San Diego Zoo in 1977 and sire of large number of young in captive breeding prog...  -  Tui De Roy
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00445449 Saddleback Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra hoodensis) named Diego, an old male returned to the Galapagos from the San Diego Zoo in 1977 and sire of large number of young in captive breeding prog...© Tui De Roy
Saddleback Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra hoodensis) named Diego, an old male returned to the Galapagos from the San Diego Zoo in 1977 and sire of large number of young in captive breeding prog...  -  Tui De Roy
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00445450 Saddleback Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra hoodensis) named Diego, an old male returned to the Galapagos from the San Diego Zoo in 1977 and sire of large number of young in captive breeding prog...© Tui De Roy
Saddleback Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra hoodensis) male feeding on Opuntia cactus pad in arid habitat, Pinzon Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140727 Saddleback Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra hoodensis) male feeding on Opuntia cactus pad in arid habitat, Pinzon Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) old male in arid habitat among Opuntia cacti, caldera floor, Pinzon Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140942 Galapagos Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) old male in arid habitat among Opuntia cacti, caldera floor, Pinzon Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Saddleback Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra hoodensis) old male in arid caldera, Pinzon Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140724 Saddleback Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra hoodensis) old male in arid caldera, Pinzon Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Saddleback Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra hoodensis) old male in arid habitat among Opuntia cacti, Pinzon Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140726 Saddleback Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra hoodensis) old male in arid habitat among Opuntia cacti, Pinzon Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens) feeding on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) catus flower, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00143759 Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens) feeding on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) catus flower, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens) using long beak to feed on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) cactus flower, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00445441 Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens) using long beak to feed on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) cactus flower, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens) feeding on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) cactus blossom, Academy Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00141207 Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens) feeding on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) cactus blossom, Academy Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens) feeding on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) flower, Santa Crus Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00143760 Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens) feeding on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) flower, Santa Crus Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens) feeding on (Opuntia sp) cactus bud, Tower Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140035 Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens) feeding on (Opuntia sp) cactus bud, Tower Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Small Ground-Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) male feeding on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) cactus fruit, Santa Fe Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140036 Small Ground-Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) male feeding on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) cactus fruit, Santa Fe Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens) feeding on (Opuntia sp) Common Cactus Fruit, Santa Fe Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140366 Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens) feeding on (Opuntia sp) Common Cactus Fruit, Santa Fe Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) males courting with inflated gular air pouches among Cholla (Opuntia sp) cactus, Wenman Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140721 Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) males courting with inflated gular air pouches among Cholla (Opuntia sp) cactus, Wenman Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Small Ground-Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) female feeding on Cactus (Jasminocereus sp) flower, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00445416 Small Ground-Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) female feeding on Cactus (Jasminocereus sp) flower, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Small Ground-Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) female feeding on Cactus (Jasminocereus sp) flower, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00445417 Small Ground-Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) female feeding on Cactus (Jasminocereus sp) flower, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens) on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) cactus, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00445430 Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens) on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) cactus, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens) using long beak to extract seeds from Opuntia (Opuntia sp) cactus fruit, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00445431 Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens) using long beak to extract seeds from Opuntia (Opuntia sp) cactus fruit, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens) on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) cactus, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00445432 Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens) on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) cactus, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Mockingbird (Nesomimus parvulus) on cactus, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00445482 Galapagos Mockingbird (Nesomimus parvulus) on cactus, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Charles Mockingbird (Nesomimus trifasciatus) only a few hundred surviving on small cat free satellite islands, Champion Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00141019 Charles Mockingbird (Nesomimus trifasciatus) only a few hundred surviving on small cat free satellite islands, Champion Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Small Ground-Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) female nesting in cactus, Academy Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00143584 Small Ground-Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) female nesting in cactus, Academy Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Opuntia (Opuntia sp) and (Jasminocereus sp) growing on cliff edge against early morning mackerel sky, Academy Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140885 Opuntia (Opuntia sp) and (Jasminocereus sp) growing on cliff edge against early morning mackerel sky, Academy Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Santa Fe Land Iguana (Conolophus pallidus) males in Opuntia (Opuntia sp) cactus, Santa Fe Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140880 Santa Fe Land Iguana (Conolophus pallidus) males in Opuntia (Opuntia sp) cactus, Santa Fe Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Cactus studded channels, Academy Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140886 Cactus studded channels, Academy Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) under Opuntia cactus, Plazas Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00141209 Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) under Opuntia cactus, Plazas Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Cactus (Jasminocereus sp) on steep eastern flank of Wolf Volcano, which is streaked with recent lava flows, Isabella Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140002 Cactus (Jasminocereus sp) on steep eastern flank of Wolf Volcano, which is streaked with recent lava flows, Isabella Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Lava Cactus (Brachycereus nesioticus) endemic pioneering species growing only on young lava flows, Bartolome Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00142545 Lava Cactus (Brachycereus nesioticus) endemic pioneering species growing only on young lava flows, Bartolome Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Opuntia (Opuntia echios) cactus forest, Santa Fe Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00142557 Opuntia (Opuntia echios) cactus forest, Santa Fe Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Mockingbird (Nesomimus parvulus) flying up to large cactus, Tortuga Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00534080 Galapagos Mockingbird (Nesomimus parvulus) flying up to large cactus, Tortuga Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
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