Monday, January 2, 2017

Miniscule Treefrog, Dendropsophus minusculus

Miniscule Treefrog, Dendropsophus minusculus (Family Hylidae)

Size: 12-17 mm. A tiny yellow-brown frog with an enamel-colored lateral stripe from eye to groin, hind legs that are 1.5 times the body length; canthal ridge is distinct with a stripe between eye and nostril. Webbing on hands reduced, toes about half webbed. Distribution and Habitat: Restricted to the southwest peninsula, but possibly widespread in Southern Basin. Males call from vegetation in small choruses near streams, the edges of ponds and other bodies of water; it is a savanna species and does not occur in forests. Life History: Males call from vegetation within 1.5 m of the ground, often on bushes near water; the call is a high pitch squeaking during the rainy season, eggs deposited in pools; breed throughout the rainy season.
Calling males found associated with other hylid frogs include: Dendropsophus goughi, Dendropsophus. m. misera, and Scinax ruber.

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