The Puerto Rican Frog

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The Puerto Rican frog (Eleutherodactyylus coqui) is a small tree frog that is brown, yellow, or green in color. This small tree frog is native to the Forrest areas of Puerto Rico but was also introduced to several other islands of the Caribbean such as Vieques, Dominican Republic, St John, Culebra, St Thomas and St. Croix. Some individuals were also introduced to U.S. territories Hawaii and Florida. The Puerto Rican coqui reproduce year round. The Females Coqui can lay anywhere from16 to 40 eggs, up to six times a year, normally about eight- week cycle. The Puerto Rican frog developed special disk, or pads on their toes allowing them to move up vertically surfaces with ease and clinging to trees. The Puerto Rican coqui (Eleutherodactyylus…show more content…
The Puerto Rican frog (Eleutherodactyylus coqui) can be traced back to the period of the Taino’s Indians and its existence carved on multiple stone to the present times. The Puerto Rican frogs are endemic to the island. They were also introduced to Isla Vieques and Isla Culebra, as well as to Dominican Republic, St John, St. Thomas and US Virgin Islands, and the island of Hawaii and Florida. Some Individuals were also introduced to some other states in the United States such as Boston and New Orleans, the species were never established in New Orleans since the individuals introduced there were all males. The once introduced in the state of Boston were restricted to the greenhouses in the University of Massachusetts. The Puerto Rican frog is a fascinating species with an interesting ecology, anatomy, life cycle, behavior, evolution and…show more content…
Their weight ranges from 2 oz. to 4 oz. As often seeing in other species the difference in size between male and female individuals is related to the additional energy consumption related to breeding behavior.
Evolution
Classification Class: Amphibia Anura+Eleutherodactylidae + Eleutherodactylus + Eleutherodactylus coqui
Development from larval state to froglets take place inside the egg. Unlike other frog were they go thru a free-living tadpole stage, the Puerto Rican Frog is bypassed during development, allowing for the eggs to be laid in dry areas without the needs for standing water. Eggs hatch within 8 weeks reaching reproductive maturity approximately within one year. The genus Eleutherodactylus developes an egg tooth to free the young froglet from the egg. ("Invasive Species Database", 2005; "Invasive Species Database", 2005; Fogarty and Vilella, 2002)

Additional Interest: Predatory

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