The forest floor is where decomposition takes place. Decomposition is the process by which fungi and microorganisms break down dead plants and animals and recycle essential materials and nutrients.
Also, many of the largest rainforest animals are found on the forest floor. Some of these are elephants (in Asia), the tapir (Southeast Asia and Central and South America), tigers (Asia), and the jaguar (Central and South America).
PHOTOS FROM THE RAINFOREST FLOOR
By Rhett Butler
Date published: June 24, 2004 | Last updated: March 21, 2014