Showing posts from December, 2012

Lemur frogs in the frogPOD

Today in the frog pod. Lemur leaf frogs ( Agalychnis lemur ) in amplexus on a leaf with eggs

Kelsey Jordan Exit Show, featuring frogs from our Conservation Collection!

Kelsey Jordan , an intern in the Garden's Department of Conservation Research and student at the University of Georgia held her exit show this past Monday at  The Lamar Dodd School of Art . Kelsey is completing the scientific illustration program at UGA and her exhibit featured water color paintings as well as pencil sketches of frog species from the Atlanta Botanical Garden's amphibian conservation program. Her work highlights the unique parental care adaptations of the frog species she selected. Kelsey and I on either side of her  Rhinoderma  painting. Darwin's frogs exhibit one of the more bizarre strategies of parental care. As illustrated here, froglets emerge post-development from the mouth of their father! In this species, a male will snatch up the larvae in his mouth as they hatch. He protects them in his vocal sac until development is complete. I had the privilege of working with her at the onset of her thesis, and was amazed at her preliminary sketches