A small dart frog that can fit on a dime has been successfully bred in captivity for the first time by scientists working with the Smithsonian Conserv
A small dart frog that can fit on a dime has been successfully bred in captivity for the first time by scientists working with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI).
The frog, Andinobates geminisae grows to just 14 mm in length and was first described in 2014. It hails from Panama and scientists last year collected two adults to raise offspring in captivity. The breeding was successful as the female frog laid a single egg on a bromeliad leaf which were transferred to a petri disk. A tadpole hatched 14 days later and metamorphosed into a froglet 75 days later.
The scientists were working with the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project, which has determined that since the frog is only known to inhabit a small area in Panama, it has been identified as a conservation priority species.
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