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Two digital files (1 photo, 1 audio) recorded by Scott P. McRobert show a male Phantasmal Poison Frog (Epipedobates tricolor) singing on January 30, 2013. The call is used to attract females. The frogs, from Ecuador, are listed as Endangered by the IUCN, International Union for the Conservation of Nature. A small group of these animals are housed in the Biodiversity Lab at Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The frog depicted in the files was housed in Scott McRobert's office.

The Biology Department at Saint Joseph's University is involved in a study to breed this species and examine the effects of temperature and pH on tadpole development. The work is associated with earlier projects in the Biodiversity Lab:

Korbeck, R. G. and McRobert, S. P. (2005). The effects of temperature on development and survival in tadpoles of the tropical poison frog Dendrobates auratus. Russian Journal of Herpetology 12 (1): 13-16.

McRobert, S. P. (2003). Methodologies for the care, maintenance, and breeding of tropical poison frogs. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 6: 95-102.

E. tricolor-2.MP3 (355 kB)
Male Phantasmal Poison Frog (Epipedobates tricolor) singing [audio file]

E.tricolor.tif (4175 kB)
Male Phantasmal Poison Frog (Epipedobates tricolor) photo

E. tricolor.mp4 (10467 kB)
Male Phantasmal Poison Frog (Epipedobates tricolor) singing [movie clip]