Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Rain frogs ...

A Rain frog (Pristimantis gaigei) — a rare appearance in the Panama exhibit. Although there are four of these frogs in exhibit, they prefer to hide in the shadows.
All four species in view at once! From lower left Rain frog (P. gaigei), Rocket frog (Colostethus pratti), Green spiny toad (Incilius coniferus) and Crowned tree frog (Anotheca spinosa)

A clutch of Rain frog eggs in the frogPOD
That same clutch of Rain frog eggs, much further along in development.  Rain frogs are direct developers and skip the tadpole stage
Dante's fantastic image of a couple of developing Rain frog embryos still in the egg