Frog of the Week

La Loma Robber Frog (Pristimantis caryophyllaceus)

La Loma Robber Frog
photo by Andrew J. Crawford

Common Name: La Loma Robber Frog
Scientific Name: Pristimantis caryphyllaceus
Family: Strabomantidae
Location: Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama
Size: 0.47 inches- 0.83 inches (12 – 21.2 mm) in males, 0.65 inches – 1.03 inches (16.7 – 26.2 mm) in females

The La Loma Robber Frog lives in the leaf litter in the rain forests in Central America and the tip of South America. The color of the frog varies from pink, brown, yellow, and green.

The females lay their eggs on the leaves and broods them. The eggs develop directly into froglets.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List categorizes the La Loma Robber Frog as Near Threatened with Extinction. The rainforests they call home are being destroyed to make room for urban areas and farms. Also, the rain forests are being logged to destruction.

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