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Thursday October 13, 2011

Puerto Rican “Coquí Llanero” Frog to Receive U.S. Protection as Endangered Species

Puerto Rican “Coquí Llanero” Frog to Receive U.S. Protection as Endangered Species

Photo: “Coquí Llanero” frog

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U.S. environmental officials announced they would like to list the minuscule “Coquí Llanero” frog to the list of endangered species.

The “Coquí Llanero” is Puerto Rico’s smallest tree frog. Its calling sound is at such a high-pitch frequency, that it can barely be heard.

The “Coquí Llanero is found only in the wetlands; the species was discovered in 2005 and is one of 17 coqui species. They exclusively lay their eggs on the bulltongue arrowhead plant.

An “endangered species” status would make it illegal to kill, harm or capture the frog.

The “United States Fish and Wildlife Service” has requested that over 600 acres of wetlands in northern Puerto Rico be designated as the tiny frog’s species’ critical habitat. Currently the majority of that property is managed by the U.S. Department of Defense and appears to be destined for residential development, the rest is managed by the local government.