Tag Archives: parental care

The egg-guarding mosquito

he Neotropical mosquito genus Trichoprosopon lay their eggs in tree holes, (bamboo internodes) fallen leaves, and fruit husks. Trichoprosopon digitatum females guard their eggs for 26-30 hours until the eggs hatch. The eggs are floating in water collected in the husk of a cacao husk.  The eggs float vertically with the lower third submerged. The…

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Trinidadian Stream Frog, Mannophryne trinitatis

Cryptic Forest Frogs have been long considered part of family Dendrobatidae, the dart poison frogs. The Aromobatidae ranges from Nicaragua southward into South America and they occur on both sides of the Andes in Colombia and Ecuador, in the Amazon Basin, and Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. And, they are present on the continental islands of Trinidad…

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RSS Serpent Research

  • Caribbean Ameivas moved to the genus Pholidoscelis September 25, 2017
    The family Teiidae is a New World clade of small to large-sized lizards that tend to be active foragers, diurnal, and omnivorous. Whiptails (genus Aspidocelis)in the USA, Racerunners (genus Cnemidophorus) in the Neotropics, the giant Tegus (Tupinmabis and Salvator) in the Neotropics are a few of the major clades. The Ameiva's are primarily Neotropical but […]
  • A frog that cannot hear its own call September 25, 2017
    Pumpkin toadlets, found in the leaf litter of Brazil's Atlantic forest, are among the smallest frogs in the world.An international team from Brazil, Denmark, and the United Kingdom, has discovered that two species of these tiny orange frogs cannot hear the sound of their own calls.This is a unique case in the animal kingdom of […]
  • A new, morphologically cryptic, leaf-nesting frog of the genus Phyllomedusa May 28, 2017
    Male holotype of Phyllomedusa chaparroi sp. nov. (MUBI 13986) Casttoviejo-Fischer and colleagues describe and name the new leaf-nesting frog, Phyllomedusa chaparroi, a medium-sized species (67.9–77.5 mm) from the Amazonian rainforests of northern Peru. Morphologically the new species is most similar to P. boliviana and P. camba, it is indistinguishable from the latter in external qualitative and quantitative traits). […]

RSS Herpetology of Trinidad and Tobago

  • Hunter Destroy Trinidad's Caroni Swamp Scarlet Ibis Population August 21, 2017
    There are two serious threats to wildlife across the globe: habitat loss and market hunting. As the human population expands towards eight billion humans hunting becomes a serious threat to the survival of many species. This is particularly true in the tropics where the productivity of edible wildlife is low.Removing large numbers of animals via […]
    John Murphy
  • Small headed Treefrog, Dendropsophus microcephalus July 9, 2017
    A small yellow frog: 12-17 mm SVL; with the canthus forming a distinct ridge, and a light line from the anterior of eye to nostril. Dorsal skin smooth, ventral skin and skin under are thighs granular. Fingers with some webbing mostly reduced to bases of digits and lateral fringe; toes moderately webbed. H.goughi has a rounded […]
    John Murphy
  • The Paradox Frog, Pseudis paradoxa (Family Hylidae) July 9, 2017
    Adults are 45-75mm in total length. Body is short and stout; eyes dorsolateral; dorsal and ventral skin; fingers free of webbing, toes heavily webbed. Dorsum green anteriorly, brown to green posteriorly; flash marks on the posterior surface of the femur. Ventral immaculate white. Pseudis paradoxa has the largest, or near largest tadpoles known when compared […]
    John Murphy