Frog of the Week

Ecuadorian Blue Glass Frog (Cochranella mache)

Ecuadorian Blue Glass Frog – photo by David Burkart

Common Name: Ecuadorian Blue Glass Frog
Scientific Name: Cochranella mache
Family Name: Centrolenidae – Glass Frog Family
Location: Colombia and Ecuador
Size: 1.1 inches or 28 mm (females larger than males)

The Ecuadorian Blue Glass Frog is relatively new species of frog, in that it was only discovered in 2004. Most of its life history still needs to be discovered. For breeding, the males call from the underside of leaves and branches. The male and female breed on these leaves, letting their eggs stick to them. Once the eggs hatch, the tadpoles fall into a stream below.

It is listed as Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list primarily due to habitat loss. New research even wants the evaluation to be changed to Critically Endangered. Its habitat is threatened by logging. Luckily, the frog is found in the Mache-Chindul Ecological Reserve, where it is safe for now.

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