S is for…Oophaga Sylvatica

Today is the nineteenth day of the April A to Z Challenge.  I will be writing about different frog species based on their latin species names!  See the introduction here.

 

Oophaga Sylvatica

This frog is seen as the Holy Grail of frogs.  O. sylvatica is rare in the hobby due to their reproductive biology and as a result a breeding pair will only product a few offspring each year.

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Illegal collection & exportation of these frogs has decimated the wild population.  O. sylvatica is listed on the IUCN redlist as NT Near Threatened due to deforestation.

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O. sylvatica can be found in south-western Colombia and north-western Ecuador.  It is still very common in Colombia, however it is disappeared from most of its known locations in Ecuador.

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They typically can be found scurrying around the lowland humid rainforests.  Eggs are typically laid on the ground and then transported to bromeliads by the females.  The Oophaga genus is special because the tadpoles are obligate egg feeders, which means that they will feed exclusively on their mothers unfertilized eggs.

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It is no doubt that it is a gorgeous frog,but here is some more of the variations that can be seen in the wild.   

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Check out my previous A to Z posts:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R

 

Sources:

(1) IUCN redlist(2) Understory Enterprises(3) Dendroworks

Image Sources:

(1&2) Understory Enterprises (3) Arkive (4) Flickr User Brad Wilson (5) Dendroworks

 

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12 thoughts on “S is for…Oophaga Sylvatica

  1. Really beautiful frog–frogs are so amazing and really need us to be aware of their needs. I was in Central America last fall and learned about all sorts of creatures whose existence is threatened by the march of human progress. Thanks for sharing about frogs.

  2. What beautiful frogs! I hate to hear about illegal trading of wildlife and how it threatens the existence of the species. Let nature be!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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