6 new species of rain frogs discovered in Ecuador.
The rain frogs are a very special group of New World frogs that live in the Andes during the rainy season. Their range stretches from western Ecuador all the way up to Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia. Since their discovery in the 1960s, more than 300 species have been described.
The rain frog family is made up of three subfamilies, the Cane Correntinae, the Bola Correntinae, and the Güiria Correntinae. Each subfamily includes different numbers of species. For example, there are only two species of girdled skinks in the Cane Correntinae, but three species in the Bola Correntinae.
While they share a common name, rain frog, all rain frogs are different species.
Each species has been named as a male and a female after their distinctive characteristics.
While each species may have a different name, the common name for all rain frogs is rain frog.
Most of the species are about 5 inches long and are mostly yellowish green with a brownish-red tint. They may have a brownish-red band on the inside of the legs or be completely brown.
All rain frogs have a large head, a flat head with a large, short snout. It can be brown, purple, or grayish-black in color. The eyes are on either side of or close to the top of the head. The eyes are yellow and usually have brown irises. The eyelids are brown, and the eyebrows are short and usually straight. The neck is short and muscular. The dorsal (back) is covered in fine hairs with the skin becoming wrinkled and thick.
Rough-skinned rain frogs live in warm, humid areas, so they don’t have thick skin like other frogs. This means that rain frogs are cool-blooded, which is what makes them frogs.
However, a few rain frogs do have thick skin. For example, the eastern Ecuadorian rain frog, Cane correntinoides, is one of the more well-known species of rain frog. It is commonly found in fields and gardens, where its thick skin keeps them cool or warm in high temperatures like the rainforest.
Another species that lives in the Andean region is the Bola correntinae frog. Bola correntinae is found from western Ecuador to eastern