Sunday, February 6, 2011

Colors in the conservatory lobby

Yesterday was the opening of our new 'Liquid Landscapes' exhibits throughout the Fuqua Conservatory and Orchid Center. Lots of visitors crowded the garden and we had about 80 people attend our Saturday frog feeding!

Here are some of the vibrant poison frogs we have on display. Most poison frogs are somewhat bold, but a few of the frogs in our Okipipi exhibit can be on the shy side (especially the 'azureus morph' or blue poison frog) so I am including some of the frogs that happened to be out today.

Phyllobates terribilis, the Terrible poison frog. Named as such because it is one of the few frogs lethal to humans (in the wild)

Dendrobates tinctorius, the Sipaliwini morph. Frogs of this species vary tremendously in color, with differing amounts of blues, blacks, whites, and yellows depending on where in South America their home is. The different variations are often called 'morphs' which are separated geographically.

The yellow morph of Phyllobates terribilis. Frogs in the genus Phyllobates are the most toxic of all poison frogs.

Dendrobates tinctorius, azureus morph. This morph was, until recently, considered its own species (D. azureus). New molecular evidence suggests it is merely an all blue 'morph' of D. tinctorius