Frogs beneath the Clouds – The Biodiversity of Cusuco National Park, Honduras
Somewhere from the Merendon mountains of northwest Honduras, flanked by the clouds, exists in a region noted for its abundance in animal and plant species.
Hidden beneath the leaves and below the trees, but are the unsung heroes of this rainforest. Frogs, regardless of their international supply, tend to be overlooked by many. These happy creatures feed on insects, maintaining the mosquito people in check and preventing mosquito-borne diseases from spreading. Some species also surf on algae, making sure water remains clean and safe for human ingestion.
Not only can they perform critical roles in our wellbeing, but all those frog species out of Cusuco National Park also has its own quirks. Even the Cusuco spike-thumb frog (Plectrohyla Dasypus), as an instance, is an arboreal species which mostly resides up from the trees — but may sometimes free-dive and burrow beneath the ground when threatened. This species is recognizable by its glistening bronze body, with black spots flanked by striking lime-green rings. This species’ coloration ranges from creamy brownish to leafy green, with black students on around, opaque white eyes that seem like tiny glass marbles.
The mossy red-eyed frog (Duellmanohyla soralia), is proven to possess magnificent patches of bright reddish stains, and of course, blood-red eyes. The tadpole of the species has green stains on its own pitch black body and continues to be seen to float upside down for unknown reasons.
Regrettably, not as a high number of amphibian populations around the planet, these frogs are threatened by chytridiomycosis. The contagious disease, first detected in 1998, is brought on by a species of chytrid fungus which interrupts the animals’ skin. This disease hinders your skin’s purpose to give hydration, oxygen, and regulate body temperature. Sometimes, the disorder causes 100% mortality in the affected people.
One set of investigators under the title of Honduras Amphibian Rescue & Conservation Center (HARCC), headed by PhD candidate Jonathan Kolby, efforts to assist the bomb to conquer this fatal threat. By collecting and rearing tadpoles within their secure facility, HARCC hopes to discharge mature frogs back to the wild as soon as they develop stronger resistance. HARCC is also trying to run a captive breeding program, as a security measure if the wild inhabitants be threatened in 1 way or the other.
Courtesy: Jonathan Schacher, Owner of INPLAZA