I have been asked about the little curled up frog that I posted on my Christmas message. This wonderful tree frog is Nyctimantis rugiceps from Ecuador and curls into a ball in defense when discovered.
It belongs to a primitive genus and occupies the same niche as the crowned treefrog Anotheca spinosa in Central America. Both species, and others, adopt this unusual pose when threatened. They both live and breed in treeholes and use the hollows in which they live to amplify their calls – very cool! I found this amazing frog whilst takings students into the forest on a fieldcourse in the Payamino area, near the Sumaco Volcano. Here is a bit more on the find: Tale from the Bush.doc .
Here is also a bit of info on the beautiful Harlequin toads I found in Costa Rica a couple of years back that relates to the leg-waving question by Louise Hudson. Hope you like the pics Louise! Costa Rican Atelopus
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