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Pictures from Seychelles fauna and flora (photo gallery 6): Vanilla Orchid, Turtle, Pitcher Plant, Lion fish, and Fairy Tern Bird. 

Vanilla Orchid, Seychelles

Vanilla Orchid (vanilla planifolia), Seychelles.

Vanilla is a liana of the orchid family that is cultivated for its long narrow seedpods from which vanilla essence is extracted.
 
In Seychelles, like in some other tropical countries of the Indian Ocean, the humid heat and the soil of coastal plateaus are eminently propitious for its propagation.

Fauna and flora in Seychelles: read here an overview.

Turtle, Seychelles

Hawksbill Sea Turtle, Seychelles.

Seychelles is home to nesting populations of two sea turtle species, the green turtle (chelonia mydas) and the hawksbill turtle (eretmochelys imbricata).

Hawksbills sea turtles are small to medium-sized compared to other sea turtle species. They get their name from their tapered heads, which end in a sharp point resembling a bird's beak. Their strikingly colored carapace is serrated and has overlapping scutes,


The largest hawksbill turtle population remaining in the Western Indian Ocean occurs in Seychelles. Populations have declined due to widespread harvesting of nesting females until 1994, when a total legal ban on turtle harvest was implemented.

An exception to the downward trend is the population at Cousin Island Special Reserve. Up to 120 hawksbill turtles nest annually on Cousin Island. Curieuse, Aride, and Bird Islands are other important nesting sites for hawksbill turtles in Seychelles. Hawksbill sea turtles  are typically diurnal, becoming nocturnal when nesting.
 
See more pictures from Seychelles tortoises:
-- giant land tortoise
-- another land giant tortoise
-- Hawksbill sea turtle.
 

Pitcher Plant, Seychelles

Pitcher Plant, Seychelles.  

Pitcher plants (Nepenthes pervelli),knownas “Lyan potao” in kreol,are carnivorous plants whose prey-trapping mechanism features a deep cavity filled with liquid known as a pitfall trap.

Most of the 75 species of Nepenthes in the world are found in South East Asia, a few ones in India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and one in Mahé (Seychelles). There are none in Africa.

Pitcher plants like other carnivorous plants live in nutrient-poor soils (poor in nitrogen and phosphorus). Pitcher plants extract these vital elements from the bodies of animals that are trapped inside their fantastic structures.

An insect is first attracted by the colourful lid of the pitcher. It is then tricked into climbing inside the pitcher by nectar-producing glands in the collar. The unfortunate victim then falls in the acidic fluid.

The decomposition of insects in the pitcher is not only the result of enzymes but also due to the action of some microorganisms that live unharmed inside the pitcher. So a species of mosquito in Seychelles lay its eggs only in the pitchers and there are hundreds of microscopic mites in a single pitcher.


Lion Fish, Seychelles

Lion Fish (Pterois), Seychelles. 

Lionfish is a genus of venomous marine fish. The venom of the lionfish, delivered via an array of up to 18 needle-like dorsal fins, is purely defensive. It relies on camouflage and lightning-fast reflexes to capture prey, mainly fish and shrimp.

See also:
underwater pictures from all parts of the world.


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Fairy Tern Bird, Seychelles

Fairy Tern Bird, Seychelles.                                                                                        All pictures above © Seychelles Tourism Board

The Fairy Tern, more exactly the White Tern (Gygis alba), also known as Dyanman Roz in Kreol, is a beautiful bird seen on all islands in Seychelles. They are usually seen flying around trees in pairs.  Fairy Terns use trees for breeding, although they do not build a nest. Fairy Terns have big eyes that are thought to allow them to hunt for fish at night.


Find other pictures from birds in Seychelles:
-- Magpie Robin 
-- Seychelles Sunbird
-- Red Fody


Bird watching: see many
 bird pictures from all parts of the world.

See other Seychelles pictures:
Gallery 1 (tourist attractions), Gallery 2, Gallery 3, Gallery 4,
Gallery 5, Gallery 7 (fauna & flora), Gallery 8,
Gallery 9, Gallery 10, Gallery 11, Gallery 12 (beaches),
Gallery 13 (coral islands), Gallery 14 (landscapes), Gallery 15 (Vallée de Mai), and Gallery 16 (Vallée de Mai).


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Seychelles travel guide : Large pictures of Seychelles fauna and flora - Giant Tortoise, Vallee de Mai, Turtle, Lion Fish, Vanilla Orchid, Fairy Tern bird