Solomon Island Leaf Frog, Ceratobatrachus guentheri

The Solomon Island Leaf Frog (Ceratobatrachus guentheri) known also as the Solomon Island Eyelash Frog and Gunther’s Triangle Frog, is a species of frog belonging to the Ranidae family. It is monotypic in the genus Ceratobatrachus.

These frogs are medium sized terrestrial frogs located in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. On average, they are about three to four inches long, with the females being larger than the males. Its natural habitats are tropical or subtropical moist lowland forests, rural gardens, urban areas, and heavily degraded former forests, where their cryptic coloration and dorsal patterns aid in their camouflage, often mimicking decaying leaf matter, giving rise to its common name “leaf frog”. they are an interesting example of a species that goes through direct development, skipping the tadpole stage and emerging from the egg as a fully developed froglet. They grow quickly from a 1/8 inch long froglet on a diet of tiny insects until they can take an adult diet of insects, arthropods, smaller amphibians, and small reptiles. They are ambush predators, pouncing quickly on any prey that happen to wander within their reach, including their own species.

Image Caption: Ceratobatrachus guentheri. Credit: Brian Gratwicke/Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0)