Chile’s Darwin Frog


Common name : Northern Darwin’s frog

Scientific name : Rhinoderma rufum

Family : Rhinodermatidae

Native to : Central Chile

Interesting fact : These tadpoles develop in the vocal sac of the females and this type of parental care is called ‘mouth brooding’.

Conservation status : Critically Endangered

A fleshy tube-like projection on its snout distinguishes this frog with slender limbs, webbed toes and a slimy grey to brown body. Active by day, they feed on insects. About 8 days’ old eggs with larvae are eaten by males and kept in their vocal sacs till they grow enough. Then they are let out into streams to become adults.

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