One of the larger leaf litter frogs, A. affinis may reach up to 40 mm. The dorsum is brown, usually with a darker hourglass pattern, although there is considerable variation among individuals. A dark black mark curves from the eye to the arm over the tympanum. The lower lip is barred and the undersides of the feet are dark black. The belly is yellowish near the groin and the undersides of the legs are reddish orange. The tips of the toes are slightly expanded and the tarsal tubercles are large and distinct. A. affinis can easily be confused with A. stenodactylus, however, A. affinis has longer legs (tibia greater than ½ SVL), and in A. affinis the inner metatarsal tubercle is not as long as the first toe.
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.