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Female Lovelorn Frogs Grab The Closest Male
2013-05-20 13:16:57

BioMed Central What lures a lady frog to her lover? Good looks, the sound of his voice, the size of his pad or none of the above? After weighing up their options, female strawberry poison frogs (Oophaga pumilio) bag the closest crooner they can, finds research in BioMed Central's open access journal Frontiers of Zoology. This seemingly short-sighted strategy turns out to be the optimal mate choice strategy for these colorful frogs. Males of the species congregate in the Costa Rican rain...


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Adelphobates
2013-07-30 13:15:48

Adelphobates, a sister group to the Dendrobates and Oophaga genera, is a genus of poison dart frogs. Excitobates, the proposed genus, includes some of the members. The name adelphobates is from the Ancient Greek, adelphos meaning brother or twin and bates meaning walker or climber. "Brothers" refers to Charles W. Myers and John W. Daly which are two unrelated scientists directly involved with the studies of the species. All members of this genus have conspicuous and vibrant coloration...

Ranitomeya sirensis
2013-07-30 10:53:54

Ranitomeya sirensis is a species of poison dart frog that is native to Peru. It is widely known as the Sira Poison Dart Frog, or more popularly as R. lamasi. It is kept as a bet by herpetoculturists and is considered to be one of the more difficult poison dart frogs to keep due to its relative rarity and the fragile nature of its tadpoles. Like most Ranitomeya species, R. sirensis is a mildly toxic poison dart frog. Its skin secretes small amounts of pumiliotoxins which coat the frog and...

Granular Poison Frog, Oophaga Granulifera
2013-06-25 13:49:03

The Granular Poison Frog (Oophaga granulifera) is a species of frog belonging to the family Dendrobatidae, found in Costa Rica and Panama. Its natural habitats are tropical and subtropical, moist, lowland forests, but it's threatened by habitat loss. This frog has been switched from Dendrobates granuliferus to Oophaga granulifera. The frog is an aposematic animal, and it utilizes poison only for the purpose of self defense from predators. It's clearly visible red color is designed as a...

Harlequin Poison Frog, Oophaga Histrionica
2013-06-25 13:44:18

The Harlequin Poison Frog (Oophaga histrionica) known also as the Harlequin Poison Dart Frog, is a species of poison dart frog with a native range from Western Ecuador to the El Choco region of Colombia. The frog is usually found on the ground of tropical rain forests, amongst fallen limbs or leaf litter. O. histrionica, along with O. speciosa, produces cardiotoxins referred to as histrionicotoxins. These moderate to highly toxic compounds act as potent non-competitive antagonists of...

Lehmann’s Poison Frog, Dendrobates Lehmanni
2013-06-25 13:33:49

Lehmann’s Poison Frog (Dendrobates lehmanni) known also as the Red-banded Poison Frog, is a species of frog belonging to the Dendrobatidae family. It's native to Colombia. Its natural habitats are tropical and subtropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is threatened by habitat loss and was named after Colombian biologist Federico Carlos Lehmann. This frog is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened...

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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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