Sunday, August 7, 2011

Eleutherodactylus johnstonei | Whisting tree frog calling

As mentioned in the previous post, there was a low pressure system moving through central Georgia this weekend and the frogs responded. I was delighted to see and hear all 3 species of Eleutherodactylus (direct developing) frogs in the conservatory today: the Coqui | Eleutherodactylus coqui, the Whistling tree frog | E. johnstonei and the Greenhouse frog | E. planirostis. Here is a video clip of a Whistling tree frog calling in the conservatory.

Frogs of the genus Eleutherodactylus are direct developing, which means they do not have a free swimming larval stage (tadpole) as most frogs do. Eggs are laid in moist places such as bromeliad axils and tiny frogs emerge from the eggs once development is complete.