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Posted by birdernaturalist almost 3 years ago (Flag)
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Posted by loarie almost 3 years ago (Flag)
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This site is indeed the northernmost extent of the southern Pacific coast endemic region.

Posted by birdernaturalist almost 3 years ago (Flag)
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Hi. Sorry to be a skeptic, but I think this may be Craugastor fitzingeri. This is a very significant extension for C. taurus into a different ecotype. While not impossible a couple of things suggest caution with this identification. The first, following the declines of C. taurus in SW Costa Rica, C. fitzingeri have moved into the streams, especially during the dry season. Large female C. fitzingeri have the general gestalt of some C. punctariolus group frogs (of which C. taurus belongs).

Because of the importance of such a find, extreme caution should be used. Are there more photos available of this individual? Key photos would be of the chin, posterior thigh, and foot and toe webbing. I would feel more comfortable seeing these additional angles for verification.

Also, do you have notes on snout-to-vent length? Did you see many others? Please feel free to contact me more about this. Again, I apologize for being skeptical, but the plight of this species and its status are something I have been studying for years. My hope is that this is C. taurus, but verification is a must with a species such as this that has declined to such a great extent is crucial.

Posted by mjryan over 1 year ago (Flag)
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Thanks for the added info, mjryan. I readily defer to your analysis and have changed the name on the photo. This is the only shot I took of this frog. Regards, Rich.

Posted by birdernaturalist over 1 year ago (Flag)
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Posted by birdernaturalist over 1 year ago (Flag)
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