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Coqui Frogs of Puerto Rico facing extinction

Any way you look at it, an average median temperature increase of 2 degrees celsius in the rainforests of Puerto Rico over the past 30 years, combined with a new fungus species - it looks grim for the Coquis. Three of 16 species believed extinct already. Two more very close to. Photos.

Full article at Orlando Sentinel

Photo of Coqui Frog (Eleutherodactylus sp) from Wikipedia.

Coqui Frog - Eleutherodactylus sp

Posted by: admin on 16th Apr 2007 07:35 AM
Updated by: admin on 16th Apr 2007 07:40 AM
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Coquis in Hawaii
Posted on: 2007-04-23 03:55:35   By: Anonymous
Coquis were inadvertantly introduced to Hawaii a few years ago. They are now thriving and spreading. Efforts to eliminate them have not been successful. If Puerto Rico wants them, they are welcome to come and pick them up. http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/coqui/.

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    Re: Coquis in Hawaii
    Posted on: 2007-04-23 04:55:12   By: admin
    If only it were that simple! The coqui on the linked page is the common coqui, which is abundant in Puerto Rico. From the first article it is the "coqui palmeado", "coqui eneida" and "coqui dorado" which have disappeared (although they don't list species names).

    However - I do hope the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources in Hawaii is aware of these extinct species; who's to say that they weren't also inadvertantly introduced to Hawaii? You just never know!



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    Re: Coquis in Hawaii
    Posted on: 2007-04-30 21:41:48   By: admin
      Edited By: admin
    On: 2007-04-30 21:42:35
    I have just heard from Laurie Furumoto of the Hawaiian Ecosystems At Risk Project (HEAR) who has clarified that the three coqui species presumed exstinct in Puerto Rico are:

    * Coqui Palmeado (Eleutherodactylus karlschmidti),
    * Coqui Dorado (Eleutherodactylus jasperi), and
    * Coqui de Eneida (Eleutherodactylus eneidae)

    Laurie added that the common coqui (Eleutherodactylus coqui) and greenhouse frogs (Eleutherodactylus planirostris) are the only species in that genus having been identified in Hawaii to date.

    For more information, explore the Hawaiian Ecosystems At Risk Project website.


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