A Peruvian Piece of Glass: The 7,000th Amphibian Species…
AmphibiaWeb’s 7,000th species is a high elevation glass frog from Manu National Park in Amazonian Peru.
Called Centrolene sabini (Sabine’s Glassfrog), it was collected by Alessandro Catenazzi and his companions when he was a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley. The frog is a small (31.2 millimeters long), delicate animal that calls from trees above the fast-flowing streams in the humid, cool, montane forests of Manu National Park at elevations of around 2,800 m (about 9000 ft).
Its coloration in life is green-yellowish, with yellowish patches and spots. Across its back, it is covered with yellowish-green tipped spicules. Its iris is silvery-bronze or cream bearing fine black reticulations. Remarkably, the bones of the animal are green; a feature that is highly unusual, even for amphibians! (though not entirely unique as the Parjacti Treefrog is also known to possess green bones and the Samkos bush frog of Cambodia goes one further by having green blood and blue bones! Like, WTF?!)
Eggs are laid on top of leaves above the fast-flowing streams in clutches of 35-45 eggs and the peritoneum of the tadpoles also has a greenish cast.