ABOVE: This monitor Lizard Varanus salvator is resting on a tree stump covered in the bathyphyll (juvenile) leaves of a Ficus recurva root climber at Tabin in Sabah.

Photos courtesy of Lawrence Chin, General Manager, Tabin Wildlife Resort.

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Ficus recurva is one of the most common figs in forested areas of Borneo. Ficus recurva grows as a root climber  up tree trunks  but it is rarely recognized as it only fruits when it reaches canopy sunlight.

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The mud volcano at Tabin is rich in mineral salts and attracts  deer, wild pigs and elephants as well as tourists. The virgin forest surrounding the mud volcano at Tabin is rich in different species of figs.