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A female Eyelash Marsupial Frog (Gastrotheca cornuta) brooding eggs in her dorsal pouch 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 the special structure.  This female is carrying a clutch of developing eggs.  This species is declining across its range in the mountain forests of Central America.  The image was taken at the Atlanta Botanical Garden (2007) in a conservation breeding program where this species was bred in captivity for the first time. Eyelash Marsupial Frog,Gastrotheca cornuta,Horned marsupial frog,Panama,declining species,direct development,endangered species,hylidae,marsupial frog,parental care,tree frog Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

A female Eyelash Marsupial Frog (Gastrotheca cornuta) brooding eggs in her dorsal pouch

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 the special structure. This female is carrying a clutch of developing eggs. This species is declining across its range in the mountain forests of Central America. The image was taken at the Atlanta Botanical Garden (2007) in a conservation breeding program where this species was bred in captivity for the first time.

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  1. Wow! Is this egg development strategy similar to the Surinam toad?

    Suriname toad - closeup, Inírida, Colombia This is a personal favorite, an unexpected jewel of a species we found as we were struggling the path of a dense forest in the pitch black night. In this flooded forest, dead leafs fall in the water, covering the floor. But one of these leafs is not dead, instead it's a bizarre type of amphibian called the Suriname Toad. <br />
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It is remarkable in its appearance which is almost as flat as a leaf. To support the ability to be this flat, it has no tongue or teeth. An even more mind-blowing fact about this species is that females develop their young directly inside the skin of their own back, shown in this video:<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZ7b4spjXhw Colombia,Common Suriname toad,Guainía,Inírida,Pipa pipa,South America,World
    Posted 4 months ago, modified 4 months ago
  2. fascinating species, great shot. Posted 3 months 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
Species identified by Jivko Nakev
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Uploaded May 3, 2018. Captured Jun 18, 2007 22:12.
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