BioDiversity Loss of coqui frog from Puerto Rico
BioDiversity Loss of coqui frog from Puerto Rico:According to Hedges, Joglar, Thomas, Powell, & Rios-Lopez, the coqui frog, known by its generic name by Eleutherodactylus, is a small frog found in very rare habitats in the world. Eleutherodactylus is a Greek name that means free toes (2009). Unlike other frogs, this name suggests that this small frog has no webbed toes, or has no inter-membrane between the toes. This means that it is not adapted for swimming hence cannot live in aquatic environments. Most frogs can survive on both land and aquatic ecosystems. The coqui is born with a small that disappears as it grows. It ranges between 15mm and 18mm in length being longest during its adult stages. It has a green color, but it changes considerably to brown and yellow; sometimes it may exhibit different color touches and two stripes that are dorsolateral. They have pads or disk-like features on their toes to help them maneuver through many surfaces like wet leaves.
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These frogs are said to process toxins on their skins hence have become a major source of pharmaceutical research. Due to this fact, loss of the species should not be entertained and should be corrected in due time as it will have an effect on the economic sector of the country leave alone tourist attraction.
Beard, K. H., Al-Chokhachy, R., Tuttle, N. C., & O’Neill, E. (2008). Population density estimates and growth rates of Eleutherodactylus coqui in Hawaii. Journal of Herpetology, 626-636.
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