BC: ENDANGERED! | Need to be saved!
FC: Agalychnis annae
1: "Blue Sided Tree Frog" | Kingdom : Animalia | Phylum : Chordata | Class : Amphibia | Order : Anura | Family : Hylidae | Genus : Agalychris
4: Characteristics | - Small but very active. - Green body, but has blue on the sides of the body, and a pinkish belly. - Has long slender limbs and suction toes that allow them to jump easily from branch to branch. -They are nocturnal. - The feet are green, blue, and orange. -Fingers are 2/3 webbed and the toes are about 3/4 webbed. - At night the colors of the frogs body changes to a darker green and bluish purple.
5: Why an Amphibian? | This species can breathe both in and out of water. It's Cold Blooded. Gives birth to the eggs in the water. Also it is considered a "frog" and they are part of the amphibian family. | Endangered since 2004!
9: Reproduction: | - breeding season starts during the rainy season from May to November. - Calling males are usually found above ponds hanging around vegetation. - Female will carry the male, climbing to a water source then returning to vegetation to find a spot for the eggs. - Eggs are placed from 350mm to 3 m above then water on leaves, branches or vines, contained within a clear jelly. - 47 to 162 eggs per clutch. - It takes about 6 days for the frogs to move on with their lives. | Feeding: | - Anthropods - Crickets - Anything that it can get its mouth a hold of. | Roll Being Played: | The role this frog plays in the ecosystem is reproducing and eating the harmful arthropods in the environment.
11: Environment | - lives in moist and wet forests and rainforest's. - near heavily polluted streams and in shade-grown coffee plantations and gardens. | Habitat Range/Location | -Northern Cordillera de Talamanca, Cordillera de Tilaran and Cordillera Central. - Mainly surviving in Costa Rica only. | Factors Why | - Living in the rainforest's, being small and blending in with the leaves are all factors why this frog is so suitable to be an amphibian.
12: Population Decline : | - Fungal Disease, Chytrid Fungus. - Xiphophorus helleri (fish) that preys on the larve. - Megaselia scalaris (fly larvae) that kill and feed on healthy eggs/ - Collection by humans.
16: Conversation Plan! | Research needs to determine whether or not Agalychnis annae can survive in just polluted areas, because of the invectiveness of the chytrid fungus disease in such environments. Also captive breeding programs need to be thought of because with as many threats these frogs encounter, their species could be extinct sooner than expected.