Hello folks, my name is Gabriela Castro.
Since I was a little girl (catching frogs in jars of mayonnaise), I aspired to a career as a biologist or a veterinarian. But I can barely see blood, let alone dissect critters...

I joined the group to find, share and enjoy amphibians. But also to have a little help from experts classifying the Brazilian biodiversity. Cheers!

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Harpia - Photo (c) Yannick TURBE, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Harpia Info
The Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) is a Neotropical species of eagle. It is sometimes known as the American Harpy Eagle to distinguish it from the Papuan Eagle which is sometimes known as the New Guinea Harpy Eagle or Papuan Harpy Eagle. It is the largest and most powerful raptor found in the Americas, and among the largest extant species of eagles in the world. It usually inhabits tropical lowland rainforests in the upper (emergent) canopy layer.... (From Wikipedia)
lantern fly - Photo (c) Geoff Gallice, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
lantern fly Info
The fulgorid insect Fulgora laternaria (often misspelled "lanternaria"), is a planthopper known by a large variety of common names including lantern fly, peanut bug, peanut-headed lanternfly, alligator bug, machaca, chicharra-machacuy, cocoposa (in Spain) and jequitiranaboia (in the Amazon region and elsewhere in Brazil). (From Wikipedia)
Geckos - Photo (c) Arnaldo Gutiérrez González, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Geckos Info
The Gekkonidae are the largest family of geckos consisting of over 950 described species in 51 genera. Many "typical" geckos are members of the Gekkonidae including house geckos (Hemidactylus), tokay geckos (Gekko gecko), and day geckos (Phelsuma). Species of Gekkonidae occur globally and are particularly species-rich in tropical areas. (From Wikipedia)
Beluga - Photo (c) Brian Gratwicke, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Beluga Info
The beluga or white whale, Delphinapterus leucas, is an Arctic and sub-Arctic cetacean. It is one of two members of the family Monodontidae, along with the narwhal, and the only member of the genus Delphinapterus. This marine mammal is commonly referred to simply as the melonhead, beluga or sea canary due to its high-pitched twitter. (From Wikipedia)
Barn Owl - Photo (c) Tim, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Barn Owl Info
The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is the most widely distributed species of owl, and one of the most widespread of all birds. It is also referred to as Common Barn Owl, to distinguish it from other species in the barn owl family Tytonidae. These form one of two main lineages of living owls, the other being the typical owls (Strigidae). T. alba is found almost anywhere in the world except polar and desert regions, Asia north... (From Wikipedia)
blacksmith treefrog - Photo (c) leonardo, all rights reserved, uploaded by Leonardo de Souza Machado C
blacksmith treefrog Info
The blacksmith tree frog (Hypsiboas faber) is a frog species in the family Hylidae found in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, rivers, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marshes, plantations, rural gardens, heavily degraded former forests, and ponds. It is not considered threatened by the IUCN. (From Wikipedia)
Pillbugs - Photo (c) Franco Folini, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Pillbugs Info
Armadillidiidae is a family of woodlice, a terrestrial crustacean group in the order Isopoda. Unlike members of other woodlouse families, members of this family can roll into a ball, an ability they share with the outwardly similar but unrelated pill millipedes and other animals. It is this ability which gives woodlice in this family their common name of pill bugs or roly polies. The best known species in the family is Armadillidium vulgare, the common pill... (From Wikipedia)
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