Sphaenorhynchus lacteus — Greater Hatchet-faced Treefrog
Some other names for this species:
Orinoco Lime Treefrog, Orange Frog
Uakari Floating Lodge, Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve, Amazonas, Brazil—November 18, 2006
Of the various frogs I came across on the grounds of Uakari Floating Lodge, this one was probably my favorite, due to its strange face and ridiculous-yet-appropriate common name. It sat immobile for hours, even when the hot tropical sun was beating down on its delicate amphibious skin.
Here is an account of the four days we spent at Uakari Floating Lodge in the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve.
While others in our group were off admiring a caiman and the bite wound it had perpetrated, Mike Pingleton and I were poking around in a reedy marsh about fifty feet away admiring the frog-o-fauna. We tried to get this hatchet-faced tree frog to pose nicely for us, but it kept eluding our grasp and disappearing into the muck for awhile, only to re-emerge a few minutes later and tantalize us further from some awkward position like this.
- Bannerman, M. 2001. Mamirauá: A Guide to the Natural History of the Amazon Flooded Forest
- Bartlett, R.D., and Bartlett, P. 2003. Reptiles and Amphibians of the Amazon: An Ecotourist's Guide
- Duellman, W.E. 2005. Cusco Amazónico: The Lives of Amphibians and Reptiles in an Amazonian Rainforest
- Rodríguez, L. O. and Duellman, W. E. 1994. Guide to the Frogs of the Iquitos Region, Amazonian Peru