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_____________________________________________ Amphibians 16 - Iberian Water or Perezís Frogs

 

 

 

 

 

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† IBERIAN WATER OR PEREZíS FROG Pelophylax perezi

 

 

 

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† IBERIAN WATER OR PEREZíS FROG Pelophylax perezi

 

 

 

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† IBERIAN WATER OR PEREZíS FROG Pelophylax perezi

 

 

 

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† IBERIAN WATER OR PEREZíS FROG Pelophylax perezi

 

 

 

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† IBERIAN WATER OR PEREZíS FROG Pelophylax perezi

 

 

 

         These photographs of the endemic Iberian Water or Perezís Water Frog Pelophylax perezi were taken in Portugal where this species is commonly to be found (in the wetter areas). European ĎGreení Frogs can be difficult to separate as their genetics are quite complex but thankfully alternative identifications could be excluded on the basis of the location. Close examination of the first photograph will show the protruding wing-tip of a fresh female Cardinal Butterfly Argynnis pandora that the photographer had unwittingly been photographing for the last few seconds of its life as she took a drink from the surface of a Duckweed-covered pond. There was a sudden splash after just two exposures had been taken as the frog launched itself from a distance of several feet away and the pictures tell the rest of the story! Any insect flying immediately above one of these frogs will be at potential risk of being grabbed in mid-air. Note how the muscles surrounding the eyes are used to assist with swallowing. The final photograph shows the biter being bit Ė by a mosquito Ė a good illustration of the fact that humans are not the only victims of these biting insects although it is likely to have been a species that specialised in feeding on the blood of these frogs. Transmitted malarial parasites are not confined to human hosts either.

 

 

 

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