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   xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jun 1 01:27 AM

June 1st, 2017: Glass Frog

Glass Frogs aren’t made of glass, except the ones that are made of glass that you find in tchotchke shops.
But these are real frogs that are called Glass Frogs because of the transparency of their skin, unlike stained glass, frosted glass,
ceramic glass, broken glass, and fiberglass. But, but, Glass Frogs are old hat.

Introducing Hyalinobatrachium yaku, a newly-discovered species of glassfrog that lives in the Amazonian lowlands of Ecuador. Like other glassfrogs, it features transparent skin on its belly, but this tiny critter takes things to another level by exposing the entire contents of its underside—heart and head included.

The distinctly Kermit-like creature features dark green spots at the back of its head and back, and measures just two centimeters in length. The males of H. yaku use a long call to attract mates, which they do from the underside of leaves*. But this frog’s most notable feature is its translucent pericardium, a membrane enclosing the heart which extends from its belly all the way up into its chest and lower jaw.
Looking at its underside, you can see the frog’s kidneys, urinary bladder, reproductive system, and most remarkable of all, its heart. Many glassfrogs, such as C. resplendens, H. munozorum, and T. midas, have transparent bellies, but H. yaku features one of the clearest transparent undersides ever seen in a glassfrog species. Scientists aren’t sure why the bellies of glassfrogs are see-through, but it may help them avoid or confuse predators.
*As mentioned before. “Snek prey hides, underneath the litter of leaves and such.”

Sadly, these fascinating amphibians threatened by human activity. Oil extraction in the region, and related water pollution, road development, habitat degradation, and isolation, are making it exceptionally difficult for this delicate species to thrive.
“Considering the current scenario of development in the Ecuadorian Amazon, alternatives that contemplate both conservation and different levels of exploitation have been put forward by the scientific community,” write the researchers in their study. “These alternatives need to be seriously considered, especially when biodiversity research and conservation are clearly identified, at least in theory, as priorities for the Ecuadorian Government.”
Second verse, same as the first.


Trey394  Thursday Jun 1 03:28 AM

Wow, this is the first time that I hear about such frog species. They look amazing, I 'd love to hold one in my own hands.
I hope that the Ecuadorian Government will do something with that Oil extraction and whatnot, these frogs are worth it.

SPUCK  Thursday Jun 1 03:37 AM

Welcome to the Image Trey!

Gravdigr  Thursday Jun 1 09:13 AM

...the Amazonian lowlands of Ecuador...
'Picturesque speech', my tailfeathers.

That is an entire painting.

xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jun 1 11:34 AM


Gravdigr  Thursday Jun 1 12:51 PM


Reader's Digest used to have a thing called 'Toward More Picturesque Speech' that was intended to highlight, well, picturesque speech.

The phrase 'the Amazonian lowlands of Ecuador' paints a vivid picture in the mind. Mine, anyway.

Sorry for any confusion.

xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jun 1 12:55 PM

No problem, I was confused, but that's not hard.

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