Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
This hylid frog usually breeds in temporary bodies of water. Tadpoles have relatively fast growth rates and are usually able to metamorphose within weeks. Breeding males have horny nuptial excrescenses on their thumbs, and a medial internal subgular vocal sac with posterolateral extensions (Duellman and Crombie 1970). Females are much larger than males (Duellman and Schwartz 1958). Males are reported to mature at a small size, about 40 mm in length (Blair 1958). Females lay approximately 130 eggs (Duellman and Schwartz 1958; Ashton and Ashton 1988) per clutch. Eggs are deposited in lakes, ponds, drainage ditches, swimming pools, cisterns, etc (Behler 1979; Ashton and Ashton 1988). Duellman and Schwartz (1958) report eggs forming a thin floating sheet at the surface. This species is capable of using pools of relatively high salinity for reproduction (Duellman and Schwartz 1958; Ashton and Ashton 1988).
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