Panamanian Golden Frog - Atelopus zeteki

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    The Panamanian golden frog (Atelopus zeteki) is a critically endangered toad which is endemic to Panama. It has been considered a subspecies of A. varius, but is now generally regarded as a separate species.[1] While the IUCN still lists it as critically endangered,[2] it may have been extinct in the wild since 2007. Individuals have been collected for breeding in captivity in a bid to preserve the species.[3]
    Although known as a frog, the golden frog, despite being smooth-skinned and frog-like in appearance, is classified as a "True toad" (Bufonidae). Like other frogs and toads, the golden frog is capable of secreting poison to help protect themselves from predators. In the case of the golden frog, this is a water-soluble neurotoxin called zetekitoxin.[4]

    In dry habitat, the adult male measures 35 millimetres (1.4 in) to 40 millimetres (1.6 in) and weighs 3 grams (0.11 oz) to 5 grams (0.18 oz). The adult female ranges from 45 to 55 mm and from 4 to 7 g. It is larger in wet forests, where the male can grow to 48 mm and weigh up to 12 g, and the female can be as large as 63 mm and weigh up to 15 g.[5] They inhabit tropical forest regions, particularly on mountains, near streams.[4]

    Arthur Anker, Mike VanValen, Lamerie, and 9 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Roberto Gardella [deleted] 68 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Earth Nature - Contest #14 Foggy Weather OPEN, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Many thanks for the ID on my have an excellent stream and I'll take my time to have a deep view......
      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    2. Arthur Anker 57 months ago | reply

      nice one ... very rare now

    3. brian.gratwicke 56 months ago | reply

      Find out about the project I am working on to help save Panama's endangered frogs

    4. Lamerie 52 months ago | reply

      Hi, I used your great photo in the Photoshop Contest here under CC License. thanks! :-)

    5. eloyhouse 50 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Herp Center, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    6. Frontierofficial 8 months ago | reply

      Great photo! This photo has been used by in a science club post:
      Thanks for sharing.

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