New life: glass frog eggs

New life: glass frog eggs

These Centrolenid (glass frog) eggs were found hanging precariously over a rainforest stream in Colombia. When tadpoles hatch from these eggs they drop down into the water below. The eggs are laid in the trees in an attempt to protect them from aquatic predators. The fly on the surface of the eggs may in fact be a predator. It has been documented in other Centrolenid frogs that drosphilid flies lay eggs on the surfaces of the egg masses. When these fly eggs hatch they feed on frog embryos.

Location: Albania: Colombia Status: Dimensions: (556x693)