Barro Colorado - Tropical Island Laboratory

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The author gives a travelogue-type description of plant and animal life existing in the tropical seasonal evergreen forest of Barro Colorado Island in the Panama Canal Zone. Only passing reference is made at the beginning of the article that the island is a tropical wildlife reserve with a research laboratory, both under the jurisdiction of the Smithsonian Institution.


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This chapter of the annual report is a reprint of an article from "Pacific Discovery," Vol. 6, No. 4, July-August 1953. Six plates showing 12 photographs are included.

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Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, 1953 (Annual Report)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,




  • Rain forest ecology
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Field Stations
  • Zoology
  • Field Work
  • Biology
  • Flora and fauna
  • Plants
  • Botany


  • Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
  • Panama
  • Barro Colorado Island (Panama)

Physical description

pages 361-372

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