Biotic factors of tropical rainforests around the world include many types of insects, plants and animals, including ferns, mosses, tree frogs and exotic birds. Rainforests on the Earth's surface come in many types, including cloud forests, dry forests and temperate forests, although tropical rainforests comprise the majority of rainforests and contain the largest amount of biodiversity. Tropical rainforests serve as home to over half of all living species, making them ripe with biotic factors.Continue Reading
Within the confines of tropical rainforests are orchids, bananas, coffee plants and hundreds of rare and endangered animal species. These biomes, like other ecosystems on Earth, include an assortment of tiny microorganisms and bacteria. From the forest floor to towering canopies, plants and animals make themselves at home in all parts of the rainforest.
Ground-dwelling plants include a variety of mosses and shrubs. Iguanas also live on forest floors and make their homes in the tropical rainforests of Madagascar, Fiji and, to a greater extent, Central and South America. Higher in the trees lie moths, bats and the red-eyed tree frog. These frogs live in the uppermost story, called the canopy. They reside in the tropical rainforests of Mexico, Honduras and Peru. Some species, like the strangler fig, have roots in the forest floor and grow to heights spanning multiple layers of the forest.Learn more about Environmental Science