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Strawberry Poison frog (Blue-jeans Morph)

Oophaga pumilio

Description:

Another colour morph of the extraordinary Strawberry Poison Frog, In this type the body is a brilliant orange-red and the legs are blue. The amount of blue on each individual is variable.

Habitat:

Found in wet rain forest near the Tapanti National Park. Several frogs were calling and displaying to each other. The range of this particular species in Costa Rica is on the eastern divide.

Notes:

These little guys are highly territorial and seem to constantly be in dispute. Interestingly even in this population in Costa Rica the frogs at higher elevation have the blue legs and clean backs and the ones lower down tend to be orange all over with black spots on their backs. Note that the first two images are of the same frog but the third image is different as I wanted to include one displaying in this spotting for reference.

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16 Comments

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

I have visions of my dear mum sitting on the porch in a rocker, just like Ruth Gordon, shotgun in hand, waiting for me just to waste the energy thinking about move back home. Probably best I remain in a completely different state ;)

triggsturner
triggsturner 2 years ago

Thanks Neil. Decided once the kids left it was time to go exploring. Did I say they left? Do they ever really leave? Lol

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

Incredible spotting. You certainly get around.

triggsturner
triggsturner 2 years ago

Mark is right Rach, it's a nomination only but still very pleased to be up with some other great nominations. Thank you for the support though. Robert.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Not quite yet Rach... a nominee for now. ;-)

remkinloch
remkinloch 2 years ago

Congrats on SOTW - a very worthy series of photos

triggsturner
triggsturner 2 years ago

All good Leuba, thank you for your comment. The blue is quite remarkable as changes from a rich royal to nearly indigo depending on the light a pair of Jean's like that would be awesome!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 years ago

Thanks for the third photo. The blue spreading over the throat pouch looks dramatic. Lovely spotting. I'd love to own a pair of jeans that looked like that.

triggsturner
triggsturner 2 years ago

Thank you Mark. They are so small, but very fiesty when it comes to defending its territory!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Great spotting Rob.

triggsturner
triggsturner 2 years ago

Thank you for the nomination Daniele. Brilliant to be up for consideration.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated Robert!

triggsturner
triggsturner 2 years ago

Thank you Jim for your comments and support of this spotting.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 2 years ago

Good summary and photos...well done!

triggsturner
triggsturner 2 years ago

Thank you Rach. These little guys are amazing.

remkinloch
remkinloch 2 years ago

Another amazing spotting - incredible creatures

triggsturner
Spotted by
triggsturner

Provincia Cartago, Costa Rica

Spotted on Apr 11, 2018
Submitted on May 5, 2018

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