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|Staying on my Japanese theme, but moving away from spiders, here is a frog I found in November. Noy knowing a great deal about amphibians, I searched for some info on the web. There are several scientific papers, including one on the frog's feeding behaviour in rice fields in Kyoto. However, I settled on some eay and cheap info from the dreaded Wikipedia...|
The Dark-spotted frog, or black-spotted frog, Pelophylax nigromaculatus (formerly Rana nigromaculata), is a species of true frog found in East Asia. It occurs across much of eastern and northeastern China, the Amur River valley in Russia, the Korean Peninsula, and most of Japan, although it does not occur on Hokkaidō. It has been considered the commonest of the true frogs on the Korean Peninsula, and has been hunted for food and used as an experimental animal.
The dark-spotted frog is a relatively low-altitude species, not being found above 2200 meters. It ranges across a variety of habitats, from deserts and brushland to meadows and forests, and is typically found in or near stagnant or slow-moving water. Although relatively tolerant of human interference, it is increasingly threatened by hunting and water pollution.
Adults are 6-9 centimeters in length, the females somewhat larger than the amles. Males have a single pair of vocal sacs. Mating season occurs from April to June. The eggs are deposited in quantities of 1800 to 3000, and are laid in shallow water.
References: Kuzmin, S., Maslova, I., Tuniyev, B., Matsui, M., Pipeng, L. & Kaneko, Y. (2004). Rana nigromaculata. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006.
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- [2008-01-05 14:21]
Exelente foto parece que foi feito de pedra muito bonita imagem bem fotografada meus parabéns.
A nice looking frogy. Good composition but I think the colors are a bit oversaturated. Or its my monitor. Anyway not a common thing to see here on TN with good notes. Thanks a lot for sharing.
- [2008-01-05 21:12]
What a cute shot!
- [2008-01-06 0:22]
Nice shot. Love the frog in the leaf. The leaf sort of looks like some scales and this guy is getting weighed :-)
Nice colours and sharpness
- [2008-01-06 4:10]
Great capture of this interesting Black-spotted Frog resting nicely inside the leaf.
Good details and colours in this fine composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla
lovely capture of this frog resting on leaf, the image is sharp with good details, pleasing composition,
tfs & regards
- [2008-01-06 5:53]
He looks very sweet, sitting in his leaf cup. Good details and compo.
- [2008-09-16 23:17]
a very sharp and clear shot of the frog,. Beautifully rendered with nice posture and ddiagonally across the frame and nice sitting place.
Great sharpness and excellent details that highlight the beauty of this amphibia. Enlightening notes of great help to me.