New frog species discovery in Peru


Sleeping beauty rain frog, photo Germán Chávez

From Science, Space & Robots:

Newly Discovered Rain Frog Named After Sleeping Beauty Mountains

Posted on August 11, 2016

A new species of rain frog has been discovered in the premontane forests of the Peruvian central Andes. The frog has been named after the Sleeping Beauty mountains. This is the local name for the mountains where the frog lives. The Bella Durmiente (Sleeping beauty) mountain chain … is named for its resemblance to a sleeping woman.

The frog’s scientific name is Pristimantis pulchridormientes. “Pulcher” is Latin for beautiful and “dormientes” means sleeping. The common name for the new frog species is Sleeping beauty rain frog.

The frog has bright-red groins, shanks and thighs. It has a yellowish-brown body. The frog was discovered and described by Drs German Chavez, Centro de Ornitología y Biodiversidad (CORBIDI), and Alessandro Catenazzi, affiliated with both CORBIDI and Southern Illinois University.

Dr. Chavez says in the announcement, “When we heard the chorus of males, first thought was: such a strange call! When we saw this amazing frog, we knew that it is a new species. No other frog has that bright red colour on rear limbs!”

A research paper on the newly discovered frog species can be found here in the journal ZooKeys.

Polecat eats frog, video


This video shows a polecat with a frog, at the Kaaistoep nature reserve in Tilburg, the Netherlands.

Martijn de Boer made this video.

Birds, damselflies, frog in the Netherlands


This 26 July 2016 video shows various bird species, including spoonbills, great crested grebes and white storks, and an edible frog and mating blue-tailed damselflies in the Blauwe Kamer nature reserve in Utrecht province in the Netherlands.

Edible frogs in Dutch Veluwe region


This 21 July 2016 video shows edible frogs in the Dutch Veluwe region.

Underwater wildlife in Britain


This video from Britain says about itself:

Explore a watery world with pond dipping

21 July 2016

Summer is a great time to go exploring, and whether you’re by the sea, a pond or any other water, it’s also a great time to learn more about underwater nature first hand.

Butterflies, damselfly and frog video


This 23 June 2016 shows wildlife, like butterflies, a damselfly and a frog, after rain in the Mallebos woodland on Voorne island in the Netherlands.

Amphibians, mammals at bird photo hide


Edible frog, 10 June 2016

At the bird photography hide are not only birds. There are also other animals, like this edible frog.

Edible frogs, 10 June 2016

More than one edible frog in the pond just outside the hide.

Edible frogs, on 10 June 2016

The Internet side of the hide mentions common frogs living here. This species hatches earlier, in spring, than edible frogs, which are for the first time in this pond in this 2016 summer.

Edible frog on bank, 10 June 2016

Sometimes, frogs sat on the bank, watching their mirror image in the pond.

Edible frogs in pond, 10 June 2016

Then, they jumped back in the water again.

Kingfishers sometimes visit the pond, but not when we were there on 10 June. Maybe there is more chance of seeing a kingfisher earlier in the year, when the frogs are in the tadpole stage and are easier to catch.

Kingfishers also eat another amphibian species living in the pond: smooth newts.

On 10 June, we often saw bank voles drinking at the pond and running around.

We did not see other mammal species living near the hide: roe deer; red squirrel; red fox.

Maps show genetic diversity in mammals, amphibians around the world. Charts provide a baseline to study humans’ effects on species. By
Kate Travis, 7:00am, October 21, 2016: here.