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Tropical & Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forest

The tropical dry forests and woodlands of Madagascar are safe from dangerous wildlife, and fascinating due to the amount of easily seen endemic species...

Kingdom Plantae

Order Fabales

Family Caesalpinioideae


Order Brassicales

Family Capparaceae

Thilachium angustifolium.

Order Malvales

Family Malvaceae

The Baobab genus Adansonia is centred mainly in Madagascar, where there are 7 species. There are only another three species found outside this large island; two in Africa and one in Australia.

For scale, there is Malcom Turner. He is of normal size. (But nothing else about him is normal!)

The twin North-western Baobabs.

Kingdom Animalia

Class Arachnida

Class Insecta

Order Phasmatodea: 'Stick Insects'

It must get very confusing for stick insects when they are mating...(Isalo National Park)

Stick Insects mating.

Order Hemiptera: 'Bugs'

Family Flatidae

This is a large family that is found around most of the world. They are a type of 'planthopper' that sucks out the phloem from plants. The adults resemble a small tent, but the nymphs are distinctively different, with their tail of waxy filaments making them look like part of the plant. 

(Isalo National Park)

'Flatid Planthopper' adults.

Phromnia rosea, 'Flatid Leaf Insect' nymph.

For the page on the 
amphibians & reptiles of the Madagascan dry forest & woodlands

For the page on birds of the Madagascan dry forest & woodlands

Madagascar Malachite Kingfisher

Class Mammalia

Order Afrosoricida: 'Golden Moles', 'Otter Shrews' & 'Tenrecs'

Family Tenrecidae: 'Tenrecs'

(Ankarafantsika National Park, Madagascar)

Setifer setosus, 'Greater Hedgehog Tenrec', 'Sokina'.

For the page on lemurs of the Madagascan dry forest & woodlands

Places to experience the Madagascan dry forest & woodlands

The biggest and best park for tropical woodlands is Ankarafantsika National ParkIsalo National Park has a mix of more open arid habitats, but with pockets of woodlands. 

An edited version of one of my introductory lectures that I give on expedition ships about the people of Madagascar

Throughout the virus I am working in Australia on and off as local borders close, mostly in the Kimberley with Coral Expeditions (May-September). If you can't go travelling until everything settles down, then until then, here I am doing online guided walks for Noble Caledonia and online lectures for Silversea.