atelopus zeteki

Panamanian golden frog (Atelopus zeteki)

The Panamanian golden frog is a rare species of toad to Panama. Panamanian golden frogs inhabit the streams along the mountainous slopes of the Cordilleran cloud forests of west-central Panama. While the IUCN lists it as critically endangered, it may in fact have been extinct in the wild since 2007. Individuals have been collected for breeding in captivity in a bid to preserve the species. Despite its common name, the Panamanian golden frog is a true toad. The Panamanian golden frog has a variety of toxins, including steroidal bufadienolides and guanidinium alkaloids of the tetrodotoxin class. This toad is unusual in that it communicates by a form of semaphore, waving at rivals and prospective mates, in addition to the sounds more usual among frogs. This adaptation is thought to have evolved in the golden frog because of the noise of the fast-moving streams which formed its natural habitat.

photo credits: Brian Gratwicke

avnkpr  asked:

Atelopus zeteki was possibly extinct in the wild, but not in captivity. There is actually a very productive captive population management group called Project Golden Frog and they are actually reintroducing in some locations.

Ah yes, i did mean to mention this but forgot. Important additional information! The same is unfortunately not true of the golden toad.

Panamanian Golden Frog or Zetek’s Golden Frog
Atelopus zeteki

Galveston, Texas, United States, 2014
Moody Gardens

While the IUCN lists it as critically endangered, it may in fact have been extinct in the wild since 2007. Individuals have been collected for breeding in captivity in a bid to preserve the species.

Source: Wikipedia

Sorry for the terrible quality. At this point, my camera battery had died, and I was left with just my phone.