Bob’s robber frog (Craugastor punctariolus)

Bob’s robber frog (Craugastor punctariolus)

Cute Frog of the Week: September 20, 2010

This frog really knows how to pose for the camera, huh? Commonly known as Bob’s robber frog, these little guys breed by direct development, which means that when Bob’s robber frogs are born, they pop out as kid frogs instead of baby tadpoles. These frogs are semi-aquatic species, so they get the best of the terrestrial and aquatic worlds, living in and near forest streams. But this flexibility has not helped them survive the impacts of development. Their favorite places are declining in size and quality in Panama, so much so that they’re considered endangered by the IUCN. 

Photo credit: Brian Gratwicke, Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project.

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