We went up to Manicoré River, looking for a community called “Mocambo”. The area became part of our plan, only because we met the leader of the village, Maria Cleia in the city, by accident. We decided to visit her community, and we offer a ride back with us. Unfortunately, during the morning she did not meet us at the arranged time and place but we still engaged with the plan. We arrive at the community by 9 AM, and it took approximately one hour to get there. After meeting some local people, Sr. João gave us a tour through the forest, looking for a mature secondary forest on Terra Preta. As soon as we found it, we started sampling, and for our surprise ( or not) Pontoscolex corethrurus was there, happy and dominant in the dark soils of this agroforest. After the digging, we spent the local community members to get some insights into the local knowledge on belowground fauna. For our surprise, awareness was prevalent about earthworms, ants and termites, but more than that was a pleasure to hear about the functions of the biota through the beautiful perspective of the local common sense. Able to distinguish species by their role/s was a brilliant way to identify the animals and native species. On our way back, Amazonian dolphins everywhere, what a fantastic day. More to come tomorrow.
Luis

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