Cornufer guentheri

Cornufer guentheri, commonly known as the Solomon Island leaf frog, Solomon Island eyelash frog and Gunther's triangle frog, is a species of frog in the family Ceratobatrachidae. This frog can be found throughout the Solomon Islands archipelago (both in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville of Papua New Guinea and in the Solomon Islands, an independent state), except for San Cristobal.[2]

Cornufer guentheri
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Ceratobatrachidae
Genus: Cornufer
Species:
C. guentheri
Binomial name
Cornufer guentheri
(Boulenger, 1884)
Synonyms
  • Ceratobatrachus guentheri Boulenger, 1884
Ceratobatrachus guentheri

Cornufer guentheri is abundant throughout the Solomon Islands where it can be found on the forest floor in tropical rain forests; it can also live in secondary forests, rural gardens, and in other modified habitats.[1] They average about 7.6–10 cm (3–4 in) in length, with females being larger than the males. Their cryptic coloration and dorsal patterns aid in their camouflage—often mimicking decaying leaf matter—giving rise to the common name of "leaf frog".[citation needed] They are an interesting example of a species that undergoes direct development—there is no free-living tadpole stage; instead, the juvenile emerges from the egg as a fully developed froglet. Eggs are laid in small hollows at the base of trees.[1] They grow rapidly from a 3 mm (18 in) long froglet on a diet of tiny insects until they can take the adult diet of insects, arthropods, smaller amphibians and small reptiles. They are ambush predators, pouncing quickly on any prey animals that happen to wander within their reach – including their own species.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Richards, S. & Parker, F. (2004). "Cornufer guentheri". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2004: e.T58242A11756441. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58242A11756441.en.
  2. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2014). "Ceratobatrachus guentheri Boulenger, 1884". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 22 February 2014.