Starrett's Glass Frog
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A distinct mid-dorsal longitudinal green stripe is present, bordered on both sides by a paravertebral yellow stripe; the green stripe is clearly indicated by purplish to brownish pigment in preservative. The sides and upper surfaces of the head and limbs are green with a moderate number of yellow spots. The venter is transparent. The liver and digestive tract are white, while the heart and pericardium are unpigmented. The iris is gold (Savage 2002).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Costa Rica, Panama
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The call is a repeated whistle sounding like "wheet" and rising over a period of 400-500 milliseconds. The dominant frequency starts at 5 kHz and rises to 5.4 kHz. (Savage 2002). Hyalinobatrachium vireovittatum is rather rare and little reliable population data have been gathered to date (Savage 2002; IUCN 2006).
Trends and Threats
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
A Spanish-language species account can be found at the website of Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio).
Savage, J. M. (2002). The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica. University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London.
Starrett, P. H., and Savage, J. M. (1973). ''The systematic status and distribution of Costa Rican glass-frogs, genus Centronella (family Centrolenidae), with description of a new species.'' Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences, 72(2), 57-78.
Stuart, S., Hoffmann, M., Chanson, J., Cox, N., Berridge, R., Ramani, P., and Young, B. (eds) (2008). Threatened Amphibians of the World. Lynx Edicions, IUCN, and Conservation International, Barcelona, Spain; Gland, Switzerland; and Arlington, Virginia, USA.
Written by Christin Hong (cmhong AT berkeley.edu), UC Berkeley
First submitted 2007-10-31
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2009-11-02)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Hyalinobatrachium vireovittatum: Starrett's Glass Frog <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/1831> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 26, 2016.
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