Sunday, January 6, 2013

Long awaited success with Fringed leaf frogs!

The Fringed leaf frog, Cruziohyla craspedopus is one of our most popular and captivating exhibit animals

In a long-term collaboration with @Mark Pepper and Understory Enterprises, the amphibian team at the Atlanta Botanical Garden has bred the Amazonian Fringe-limbed Leaf Frog (Cruziohyla craspedopus). I’m proud of my amphibian team for sticking with this project through countless difficult twists and turns. Nice to get results! - Dante Fenolio

Fringed leaf frogs in amplexus in the rainchamber
The eggs of Cruziohyla craspedopus are blue, which is not unusual with phyllomedusine frogs.  Here you can see development beginning.

A few days later, the embryos, with gill filaments are clearly visible
Just after hatching. Notice the large fin fold.
Pigmentation has started. The robust tadpoles are much darker than they were at hatching.