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Glass Frogs of the CRARC

The Costa Rican Amphibian Research Centre has 8 of the 13 species of Glass frogs known for Costa Rica. The reason for it being so diverse is its location, the mid-elevation altitude, the amount of rainfall, and abundance of different types of streams.

Brian has been in living in Costa Rica, studying it’s amphibians and especially Glass frogs, for the past 13 years. He is a world expert on Glass frogs and has written a comprehensive book on Costa Rica’s Glass frogs and re-discovered 2 species of Glass frog that hadn’t been seen for over 50 years. One of these, the Green-striped Glass frog, Hyalinobatrachium talamancae, was previously only known from 4 specimens. I have known Brian for as long as we have both been working out here and most people familiar with the blog will know how much respect I have for him and what he has achieved. Brian is just so dedicated, he lives and breathes tropical frogs. He is so passionate about the glass frogs that he even named his daughter Valeri after Hyalinobatrachium valerioi (Pictured).



2 Responses

  1. Hi Brian & Andrew.

    Really great to see and hear something positive from the area. I mean so many frog populations are suffering a lot at many different places. Even here in Denmark we have registered the first specimens infected with chytrid.
    Do you have any ideas why the Oophaga pumilio on the Bocas islands seems to be unaffected by chytrid? Could be because it’s very hot in the erea?
    Best regards

  2. Hi Max, definitely there has been a documented correlation of the virulence of the chytrid fungus with temperature. With the warmer temps in the Bocas archipelago the animals are likely co-exisiting with minimal negative effects. Were both pleased you liked the videos and good hearing from you. All the best, Brian and Andrew

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