Amphibians in Cuyabeno Ecuadorian Amazon
There is a great diversity of amphibians in the Amazon Cuyabeno Reserve in Ecuador, many of them have arboreal habits.
Ruby Poison-dat Frog (epipedobates bilinguis).- The flashy and brilliant colors of this species constitutes a warning for its potential predators that its skin produces poison, a feature that makes it an undesirablefood source. It is very common to hear the male singing from slightly elevated areas in search of a female. After copulating they are the ones in charge of transporting the tadpoles on their backs towards water ponds, where the tadpoles complete their development.
Green Treefrog (Hyla granosa).- This green arboreal frog is frequently found in water deposits with vegetation boundaries. The males sing at night sitting on top of leaves hiding amidst the abundant vegetation. Their stomach is green, almost transparent, with blue tinges that differentiate from other species.
Striped Leaf Frog (Phyllomedusa vaillanti).- Green color and body shape, which looks like a leaf, distinguish these frogs. The vertical pupil of the eye is a characteristic that sets them apart form other groups of amphibians as well as the hábitat of building their nests in bushes over the water.
Broad-headed Treefrog (Osteocephalus taurinus).- The presence of flashy colors in the iris of the eye is a characteristic of some species of amphibians and specially of the genre to which this species belongs. In this case a greenish bronze with black radiated stripes. It looks more like the whim of an artist than a special adaptation that it needs in order to see. These amphibians are found at night when they move stealthily through the tree trunks or liane in the Forest.