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Daddy Mimic Poison Frog carrying his tadpole

Ranitomeya imitator (Dendrobatidae), commonly known as Mimic Poison Frog, is a species of frog endemic to north-central Amazonian Peru. The species, which has several color morphs, exhibits some peculiar features. 

They have a monogamous mating system. In fact, the species is the only known monogamous amphibian, with monogamy in the wild confirmed by paternity analysis in studies. They also are strict phytotelm specialists (they only breed in water-holding plants of the genus Heliconia, Dieffenbachia, and Xanthosoma), and as if that were not enough, they have biparental care.

Eggs are normally laid in pairs among the bracts of the host plant. Upon hatching, tadpole transport is carried out by the male, who will later help the female locate tadpoles so she can provide the developing tadpoles with unfertilized food eggs. Males are highly territorial and will defend breeding resources vigorously.

The photo shows a Varadero morph, which was first discovered in 2004 and was heavily smuggled from 2006 to present. This morph appears to be a mimic of the “orange-and-blue” fantastica morph.

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Photo credit: ©John P. Clare (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) | Locality: Vicinity of Isla Varadero, Rio Maranon, Peru (2013) | [Top] - [Bottom]

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Spotted handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus)

The spotted handfish is a rare Australian fish from the family Brachionichthyidae. It is classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. The spotted handfish is unusual in that it has highly adapted pectoral fins, which appear like hands (hence the name) and allow it to walk on the sea floor. It has a highly restricted range, being found only in the estuary of Derwent River, Tasmania, and nearby areas. They are up to 120 mm in length. Currently, little is known regarding their diet, but they have been reported to prey on small shellfish, shrimp, and polychaete worms in the wild.

photo credits: utaot, underwater, Bruce Miller

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Look closely and you’ll be able to discern the human bodies upon which these beautiful animals have been painted. They’re part of the Florida Wildlife Series created by American fine art body painter and visual artist Shannon Holt.

Click here to check out more of Holt’s amazing body painting projects.

Photos by Ryder Gledhill

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Wolves split from pack to form new pair in Eagle Cap Wilderness

November 18 - The wolves have paired up in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of Eastern Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reports two wolves left their birth packs over the summer and are now paired together in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, southeast of Cove.

OR-24 dispersed from the Snake River pack and OR-27 from the Minam pack sometime in July. Both animals are fitted with GPS collars, and have been located in higher elevation areas of the Keating and Catherine Creek wildlife management units in northeast Oregon.

ODFW spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy said it remains to be seen whether the animals will mate next year. A map of the pair’s territory is available online at www.dfw.state.or.us/Wolves/wolf_livestock_updates.asp.

No incidents of livestock predation are tied to either animal, though local ranchers are encouraged to adopt nonlethal measures of wolf hazing such as range riders or fladry fencing.

Meanwhile, a second suspected pack in the Catherine Creek and Keating units is no longer believed to be in the area, according to ODFW. Biologists had spotted tracks late last year from five animals near Medical Springs in Union County, but have not found any recent evidence of wolves in the area.

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A 72-pound female wolf of the Minam Pack is shown after being radio-collared on June 3

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve in Alaska teems with wildlife — from bears and moose to sea lions and whales. While on a boat ride on Crescent Lake, Rob Daugherty captured this stunning image of a coastal brown bear that had just finished eating salmon. “It was an epic moment to photograph him as he licked his fishy, post-meal chops,” says Rob.

Photo courtesy of Rob Daugherty.