Smurfs

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Smurfs: a strange title for a blog post about yet another amazing frog species… But after seeing these frogs, one can easily understand how this species got a nickname. Continue reading »

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Our World Underwater 2014

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Yesterday I received more good news. The tadpole picture shown here below received the first prize in the category “compact cameras” in the Our World Underwater 2014 photo and video competition.

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Award

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 I am happy to announce that I won the first prize of a nationwide amphibian photography contest in India. The winning picture (above, but differently cropped here) shows a male Bombay night frog (Nyctibatrachus humayuni) calling next to an egg clutch in its environment above a forest stream.

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Amphibians of the high Andes in Bolivia

I am currently in Bolivia to study the critically endangered frog Psychrophrynella illimani in the high Andes. I will post some more information about this work in a separate blog post. Continue reading »

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Austrian mountain lakes

Earlier this month I was invited to a good friend’s wedding in Austria. The week before the festivities, I took a short holiday in the Alps Continue reading »

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Summer

When the Edible frogs (Pelophylax kl. esculentus) are calling again, one knows that summer arrived. On hot days and nights, loud choruses of this frog can be heard. It is a species that can be found in garden ponds and its noisy Continue reading »

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Tadpoles

The adult common frogs and toads (Rana temporaria and Bufo bufo respecitively) are already back in their land habitat for a while, but they have left their offspring in the water. These can be observed Continue reading »

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Chile Mountains False Toad

The Chile Mountains False Toad (Telmatobufo venustus) is a remarkable animal. Not only is it spectacularly colored, but it has a quite interesting life history as well (at least the known part…). Continue reading »

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“Proud to be a fox”

“Red beast in trouble” is what you read in the logo on top. And they are in trouble indeed. Despite scientific reports proving that hunting does not Continue reading »

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underwater springtime

I have compiled a short movie of some fragments shot during the past underwater sessions. I’m not really into movie making, but sometimes it is just fun to see some of the action:

 

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