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Animal Spotlight: Coqui Frogs

Introduction 

Coquí refers to several different species of frogs native to Puerto Rico. They are named after the (very loud) mating sounds made by the males of the Mountain Coquí and the Common Coquí species. There are over 16 types of Coqui Frog, and amazingly enough, 13 different species can be found in Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest. Other species of Coquí are scattered throughout the Carribean and other tropical areas such as Central America. This vast range of species has one defining characteristic: all the types of Coquís’ young hatch directly from egg to small frog, bypassing the Tadpole stage while they are still inside their eggs. 

Animal Spotlight Coqui Frog

Coquí In The Ecosystem

The Coquí frogs perform the role of predator in their ecosystem, eating bugs that would normally feast on trees and plants. Plants and trees are vital to the survival of the Coquí and other animals in the forest, because they produce oxygen for animals to live on, and also provide shelter to some species. The Coquí Frog has also appeared in Hawaii on the Island by the same name and on the Island of Mau, both of which view it as invasive and have tried to keep populations under control using various methods. 

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