CEIBA Research, Guyana (Image 8)
June 14, 2010
CEIBA Research, Guyana (Image 8) Colostethus kaiei, a new species in the poison dart frog family discovered in 2004 at Kaieteur National Park, Guyana, South America. Males can be as large as 18.9 millimeters, females up to 19.8 millimeters. This is only the second species of Colostethus known to provide maternal care for tadpoles. The new species is named in honor of Kaie, a great Chieftain of the Patamona tribe, from whom Kaieteur Falls was named. According to the legend, Kaie, in order to save his people from being destroyed by a warrior tribe, the Caribs, sacrificed himself to the Great Spirit Makonaima by canoeing over the falls. A technical evaluation of the species is available in PDF format at http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2006f/zt01238p061.pdf. This image was taken at Kaieteur National Park, Guyana, South America, as part of research centered at CEIBA Biological Center, Inc. in Guyana, by Dr. Godfrey Bourne of the Department of Biology at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Dr. Bourne is currently program director of the Behavioral Systems Cluster, Division of Integrative Organismal Biology at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Bourne is personally involved in administrating CEIBA Biological Center Inc., as a nonprofit research, education and conservation field station in Guyana. Research opportunities for postdoctoral associates, graduate and undergraduate students are available in Guyana on a diversity of organisms. This research was supported in part by the National Science Foundation. [One of several related images. See Next Image.] (Date of Image: 2004-2006)
Topics: Kaieteur Falls, Potaro River, Americas, Environment, Patamona people, Colostethus, Patamona, Kaieteur National Park, Political geography, Ceiba, Guyana, Earth, CEIBA Biological Center Inc.