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Highlight in the shadow

Highlight in the shadow
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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1985-04
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Olympus OM2N, Olympus 50mm f/1.8-16, Ektachrome 200
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-10 16:11
Viewed: 7496
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This small highlight (length about 5 to 6 cm), I found in the shadow of trees resting on a fern leaf on Masoala Peninsula on the east side of Madagascar. More than 150 different frogs occur on Madagascar and most are to be found only here (with the exception of 2 species). Probably further new species can be discovered here, before - and this is a large problem in Madagascar - the remaining forest patches have been cleared. Erosion can be observed all over the island leaving large areas of non-fertile red-brown soil.
I did not find out the name of this species. Perhaps, someone can help.
> An extension ring was used in connection with the lens.
> Unfavourable, bad light conditions.
> no tripod, no monopod, no flash.

REFERRENCE: Jolly A., Oberle P. and Albignac R. (1984) Key Environments - Madagascar. - Pergamon Press, Oxford.

NOTE ADDED on 05.12.2006
After some months non-identified, the species has a name now:
-- Heterixalus punctatus
-- Spotted reed frog
Thank you Hans 'Lycaon' for identification and for the remark that the species is rather rare in Madagascar,

Additional reference:
* Henkel F.W. & Schmidt W. (1999) Tropische Wälder als Lebensraum für Amphibien und Reptilien. - Landbuch Verlag, Hannover.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-05-10 16:26]

Very nice picture, Peter. Sorry but I can't help for ID. This is really a cute little frog, with a strange white color, I have never seen this before. You're lucky to havie found such a nice animal. Well done !

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-11 2:21]

What an interesting coloration and pattern on this frog.
Very unusual. Sharp details and good POV in a nice composition.
TFS. : )

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-06-02 11:37]

What a wonderfull photo. never seen this frog before. I like it very much!

Great POV with the bulging eyes easily seen. I like the colors and how the green blends in with the fern.

Well seen,


P.S. If your ID on my moth is correct, it's the first time it's been seen in my state of Georgia. I'm having it positively identified by a state expert to make it official! Thanks!

Could this be a Spotted reed frog (Heterixalus punctatus)? If so it looks like something rare. According to this site, it could occur on the Masoala Peninsula.

A list of all Malagassian frogs can be found here.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-05-24 22:11]

Hello Peter,
your scientific explanation is very educational and useful to me. Your photo also allows me to diversify my thinking on all types of these species you got. Really out of my mind to imagine of these colours.
Thanks for sharing, indeed your photos are great help and new discovery for people like me.


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