Polka-dot treefrog - Hypsiboas punctatus
Hypsiboas punctatus (Hylidae) is a slender, delicate tree-frog with oval snout and prominent eyes; green above, with small carmine or purplish spots scattered on the back, hence its common name. Like other members of the Hylidae family, the Polka-dot treefrog is characterized by the presence of expanded discs at the fingertips.
The skin glands of Hypsiboas punctatus produce uncommon peptides and proteins with at least two experimentally tested defensive roles: against pathogenic microorganism and a potential predator warning agent.
This species occurs throughout the Amazon basin in South America.
Photo credit: ©Fredrik Tegnér | Locality: Tahuayo, Peru (2013)
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