Phyllomedusa tomopterna — Barred Monkey Frog
Also known as:
Tiger-striped Monkey Frog, Tiger-striped Leaf Frog
On a Madre Selva rainforest trail at night, a group of us came upon a massive exposed root ball from a fallen tree. Dan Rosenberg said "in Hong Kong there would be a viper coiled up in these roots", which caused us all to look a little more closely. No vipers were present, but there were a pair of these attractive frogs, which were not often seen at this field station.
Phyllomedusa tomopterna is one of the numerous frog species often seen around the Santa Cruz reserve reservoir/pond. They are really neat frogs, and it was a thrill to be able to see a pair in amplexus.
A couple of nights later I came across another pair in amplexus. At least I think it's another pair; some frogs remain in this state for multiple days, so it could be the same pair. If it is the same pair, they seem to have enjoyed a nice shower or bath recently.
- 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