Brazilian bromeliad is tiny frog's home.

Discussion in 'Celebrate Biodiversity' started by togata57, Jan 25, 2024.

  1. togata57

    togata57 Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    What had caught my eye were the bromeliad plants, which look like the top of a giant pineapple. Each plant can hold up to 2 litres of water, and inside there is so much happening. Larvae, beetles, all kinds of invertebrate live in there – it’s a whole ecosystem in a tiny space. The central cup holds loads of rainwater, and I thought there could be some frogs using them.

    Sure enough I was right. And this led me to discover a new species of frog, which I have committed my life to protecting.

    Not only was it a new species, it turned out to be a very rare and special frog. The entire species lives within 0.5 sq km on a patch of land 1,800 metres above sea level. These frogs spend their entire lifecycle inside the plant: they lay their eggs, become tadpoles and do everything inside it.
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