06 March, 2012

Veragua Rainforest: Annual Monitoring of amphibians and reptiles

The objective of this study is to discover when and where reproduction occurs for specific species.  Also its aim is to discover the inhabitant´s behaviors during certain times of the year.  The hope is to find out if weather patterns are effecting the population of the specimens.   Currently, there are two marked areas that are 3.5 km each.  It takes approximately six hours to complete the necessary monitoring of each trail. These trails were chosen because they take a sample of all species that can be found in the reserve (river, primary and secondary forest, lakes, places altered by the main road, etc).

Every week, one of the identified sections are sampled twice a day between 8:00 am to 2:00 pm and from 7:30 pm to 1:30 am, in order to cover both, day and night.

In each sample, we count the number of individuals per species, describing the place where they are (river banks, ponds or deep within the forest) and the work that they are doing (singing, mating, eating, etc.) 

Dullmanohyla Rufiocolis
The data that has been generated showed a discovery of three new species.  Previously there was only one known species.  Due to the passionate research there are now two new recognized species.  Some of them (the new species found) were dedicated to the park for its incredible support in the research.

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