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Croc in a Tree by Eurwentala Croc in a Tree by Eurwentala
No, I definitely did not get overly carried away with this one. Nope.

Inspired by the recent news about living crocodilians routinely climbing trees, here's the recently extinct New Caledonian terrestrial crocodile Mekosuchus inexpectatus basking on a branch. That, and a few other organisms.

The little lizard thing on the lower branch is a crested gecko (Correlophus ciliatus ). The plants pictured include:
Asplenium sp. - the bird's nest fern
Austrogramme marginata
Tmesipteris sp.
Nepenthes sp. - the pitcher plant
Dendrobium ngoyense - the yellow orchid
D. masarangense - the little white orchid
Amyema scandens - the weird red parasitic vine

There are no leaves or flowers of the actual tree visible, but judging by the obligate symbiont fungi (Podoserpula miranda, only described in 2013) it must be the endemic oak gum (Arillastrum gummiferum).

In case I sound too smart, don't worry. I have no idea whether all these species live in the same habitats or even in the same part of New Caledonia. And they're probably not all epiphytes. I just stumbled upon them and liked them. I could not even find names for all the plants, but they're drawn after photos people have taken in the forests of New Caledonia.
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely composition!

Ddin't know modern crocs could climb trees O_O
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MickeyRayRex Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
reminds me very much of a notosuchid!
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mojcaj Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning!
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Sheather888 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
This is just breathtaking in all respects.
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JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist
I love these forests
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cybershot Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Beautiful illustration!
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Thanks. :)
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electreel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Quite a beautiful illustration! :) It's great to see Mekosuchus in an arboreal environment together with epiphytic plants and a crested gecko.
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vasix Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mekosuchus is....smaller than I expected.....
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
I think it's been estimated to be something like two meters from nose to tail. Though this one is a subadult. Perhaps it's up a tree to avoid cannibalistic adult conspecifics.
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