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The Eyelash Marsupial Frog (Gastrotheca cornuta) - Panama The Eyelash Marsupial Frog (Gastrotheca cornuta) is a canopy dwelling frog. Females have a pouch in their backs where they store fertilized and developing eggs. The eggs go through development completely within this pouch and fully formed frogs emerge from it. This species is declining across its range in the mountain forests of Central America. The image was taken in Panama, 2006. Eyelash Marsupial Frog,Gastrotheca cornuta,Horned marsupial frog,Panama,amphibian decline,canopy inhabiting amphibians,direct development,parental care Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

The Eyelash Marsupial Frog (Gastrotheca cornuta) - Panama

The Eyelash Marsupial Frog (Gastrotheca cornuta) is a canopy dwelling frog. Females have a pouch in their backs where they store fertilized and developing eggs. The eggs go through development completely within this pouch and fully formed frogs emerge from it. This species is declining across its range in the mountain forests of Central America. The image was taken in Panama, 2006.

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  1. Taken 12 years ago, yet this archive has timeless value. Thank you so much for sharing it with us! Posted 7 months ago
  2. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:
    "Frog eyes!! Frogs may be well-known for their jumping skills, croaking, and slimy skin, but their eyes are seriously impressive! Eyes are such complex sensory organs, and frog eyes have several characteristics that make them even more amazing! Most frogs have large, bulging eyes that are positioned on top of their heads. The size and position of their eyeballs gives them close to a 360 degree field of view and compensates for their inability to turn their heads. Their eyes also have a nictitating membrane, which is like a semi-transparent eyelid that protects and camouflages their eyes. Frogs have powerful night vision, thanks to a mirror-like layer of tissue behind their retinas, called the tapetum lucidum, which makes their eyes appear to glow in the dark. It helps them see objects in low light. And, if their eyes get damaged, they can regenerate the different structures and self-repair! Amazing! One of the most strangely cool things about frog eyes is that they help with eating. Frogs don't have the muscles needed to chew and swallow their food. So, when a frog swallows, its eyes retract into openings in their skull, push the food down its throat, and help it to swallow! Eyes are amazing organs. Just the fact that all the components in an eyeball work together so that we can see the world around us is astounding! The diversity of frog eye color and patterns, in addition to their special features makes frog eyes truly exceptional. {Credits are in the comments} #JungleDragon"
    Posted 3 days ago

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The horned marsupial frog , is a species of frog in the family Hemiphractidae. It is an arboreal species found in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama. Its natural habitats are tropical moist lowland forests and montane cloud forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.

Similar species: Frogs
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Uploaded May 2, 2018. Captured Feb 16, 2006 11:25.
  • MAXXUM 5D
  • f/25.0
  • 1/125s
  • ISO100
  • 100mm