Silverstoneia nubicola — Highland Rocket Frog
Some other names for this species:
Boquete Rocket Frog
According to amphibiaweb.org: "At present, Silverstoneia nubicola is considered to be a complex of several taxa. It is currently undergoing taxonomic revision."
Rio Guayabo Trail, Cerro Gaital Natural Monument, El Valle de Antón, Coclé province, Panama—January 9, 2014
Lorrie Smith and I found several of these small, agile frogs at the edges of a stream. For some reason, I only had my new super-telephoto point-and-shoot Canon SX50 with me. That camera is great when the target is far away, but mediocre at best for close-up macro shots. This was the only decent photo I got.
Rio Guayabo Trail, Cerro Gaital Natural Monument, El Valle de Antón, Coclé province, Panama—January 10, 2014
The next day, we pulled over again at the same spot so I could try to get better photos with my fancier Pentax K5 + macro lens. There were fewer frogs hopping about than the previous day, but I did get a few better photos.
Rio Guayabo Trail, Cerro Gaital Natural Monument, El Valle de Antón, Coclé province, Panama—January 27, 2016
Same place, a couple of years later with a different set of herpers. We all took turns trying to chase down these long-distance hoppers in order to get decent photos.
- Silverstoneia nubicola account on AmphibiaWeb
- Silverstoneia nubicola account on Amphibian Species of the World
- Chacón, F. M., Johnston, R. D. 2013. Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Pocket Guide
- Köhler, G. 2011. Amphibians of Central America
- Savage, J. M. 2002. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica