Saturday, August 13, 2011

Singing Frogs Found in Haiti

Singing Frogs Found in Haiti
Writer: Yunanto Wiji Utomo executive summary by Darmansjah godjali

Chest Macaya Spotted Frog, Eleutherodactylus thorectes, rare species found in the Massif de la Hotte, Haiti.
Conservation experts from Conservation International found the back of six species of frogs endemic to Haiti. Frogs are found including species that have disappeared over the decades and thought extinct, and some of them have a beautiful voice like a chorus.
Six species of frogs were found was ventriloquial Hispaniolan frogs, toads Mozart, La Selle grass frog,spotted frog Macaya chest, crowned frog Hispaniola, and Macaya Burrowing frogs .
One kind of unique is ventriloquial Hispaniolan frog. Species that could "throw" sound to distant places so that it can outwit predators hunting for frogs sounds as though it came from somewhere else. While other types that are also unique is Macaya Burrowing frogs who like to dig burrows in the ground. This species has black eyes and orange hind legs.
While its name, which is not less interesting is the frog Mozart. This frog is named similar to the name of the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart because it produces a sound similar to the music. At night it sounded like whistling four tones, while in the afternoon and evening as two-tone whistle.
The most surprising findings is the grass frog La Selle. These types are not found for 25 years. This species is one of 48 types of amphibians are most rare in Haiti so that it becomes a mystery. "We are looking for a single species, but it turned out to find other treasures. This reflects the resilience and hope for the Haitian people and the wildlife there," said Richard Moore, the expedition leader of this CI.
This type of frog is missing is found in Haiti in October last year. As is known, Haiti hit by massive earthquake last year that the infrastructure damage and casualties in large numbers. Hedge Moore and Blair of Pennsylvania State University became the coordinator of this research. The discovery is part of the re-search project amphibian species are now rarely found.

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