Boana punctata — Polkadot Treefrog
Also known as:
Common Polkadot Treefrog, Spotted Treefrog, Spotted Emerald Glass Frog
This species was until 2017 placed in the genus Hypsiboas.
Uakari Floating Lodge, Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve, Amazonas, Brazil—November 14, 2006
This photogenic treefrog spent its nights perched on the grassy blades of an outdoor potted plant at Uakari Lodge. This was a popular frog hangout; on other occasions this same plant sported a Common Bromeliad Treefrog and a Greater Hatchet-faced Treefrog (no, really!).
Here is an account of the four days we spent at Uakari Floating Lodge in the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve.
Uakari Floating Lodge, Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve, Amazonas, Brazil—November 16, 2006
This more lightly-colored frog was on the same plant a couple of nights later. It might be the same individual though, because the orange/red color on the backs of these frogs becomes more pronounced at night, and this photo was taken a couple of hours earlier in the evening than the previous one.
Boana punctata was among the many species of frog that have made a happy home in and around the pond at Santa Cruz Forest Reserve following the damming of a creek in order to form a steady source of water for the field station.
One more eager-looking specimen, this one with a blotchier pattern.
This young Boana punctata is not actually in danger from the giant menacing stick monster, but I can't blame it for looking a little nervous.
On our last night in Peru for 2016, I saw one last pair of Polkadot Treefrogs: one colorful adult and one little bitty metamorph.
- Bannerman, M. 2001. Mamirauá: A Guide to the Natural History of the Amazon Flooded Forest
- Bartlett, R.D., and Bartlett, P. 2003. Reptiles and Amphibians of the Amazon: An Ecotourist's Guide
- Duellman, W.E. 2005. Cusco Amazónico: The Lives of Amphibians and Reptiles in an Amazonian Rainforest
- Rodríguez, L. O. and Duellman, W. E. 1994. Guide to the Frogs of the Iquitos Region, Amazonian Peru