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berksmike
13th October 2008, 15:17
After a few weeks of calling a pair of my E. tricolors managed their first clutch over the summer. This is the newly laid clutch:

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh34/berksmike/Eggs.jpg

Here they are at day 4. You can see the tadpoles differentiating from the yolk:

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh34/berksmike/eggscloseupday4.jpg

Meanwhile Dad has been keeping a close eye on them:

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh34/berksmike/guarding.jpg

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh34/berksmike/guarding2.jpg

Here they are on Day 6:

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh34/berksmike/Day6no2.jpg

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh34/berksmike/Day6.jpg

And here's some from Day 9:

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh34/berksmike/Day9.jpg

And here are the tadpoles. They were fed sera micron, tadpole food, and some freeze-dried bloodworm (not strawberries as the photo suggests - thats the cover of a book the tank is resting on)

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh34/berksmike/Etricolortads.jpg

Here they are just about coming out the water - they have their characteristic stripes but haven't developed their red adult colours:

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh34/berksmike/IMG_27902.jpg

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh34/berksmike/IMG_2791.jpg



http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh34/berksmike/IMG_2807.jpg

And finally here they are now:

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh34/berksmike/IMG_2826.jpg

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh34/berksmike/IMG_2827.jpg

Otterwoman
13th October 2008, 15:43
Again, another very cool series, with some really great shots!

tylototriton
13th October 2008, 15:43
Congratulations Mike! Thats really exciting. So two questions for you. First, how long did you leave the tadpoles with parents, until hatch? To continue that question, did the parents display any egg care behavior? And second, of the original 16 eggs, how many made it to metamorphosis.

Congrats,
Alex

berksmike
13th October 2008, 23:09
Hi

The male did show some guarding behaviour but got distracted by the females and left them.
I was a bit disappointed he showed no transporting instinct. But it was their first time so I'm sure they'll improve.
I transported them when they started attempting to wriggle off their leaf.
Of the 15 tadpoles 12 have morphed healthily.

berksmike
21st October 2008, 09:01
Just another quick update - They are developing their third central stripe and beginning to look more like adults:

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh34/berksmike/tricolornew.jpg

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh34/berksmike/tricolornew2.jpg

bobberly1
21st October 2008, 23:39
Wow, very nice! Are those thumbnail darts?

berksmike
29th October 2008, 13:45
Hi

They are a smallish species compared to say tincs but I am sure they are not counted as a thumbnail species.

Jan
31st October 2008, 10:40
Berksmike - thank you for posting this series of photos. I never cease to be amazed in observing sequential development.

berksmike
31st October 2008, 11:13
I know what you mean.
Amphibian development has always fascinated me ever since I used to go dipping for frogspawn as a child in the spring.

Ingo
1st November 2008, 10:36
Hello,

i want to note, that the species of Epipedobates tricolor is splitted in two species.
Berksmike, the species you keep and breed is Epipedobates anthonyi (Lowland).
Epipedobates tricolor, the real one, is finding in the Highlands.

Greetings Ingo V.

berksmike
1st November 2008, 13:00
Thanks for your comments Ingo.
I was under the impression that the two variants were not separate species and that anthonyi and tricolor were actually synonymous.
Taxonomy not my specialism so quite happy to be informed otherwise.

Ingo
1st November 2008, 14:55
Hi,

yes in the past the two names were synonymes, but newer genetic and biogeografic works (Graham et al. 2004) shows the differents and so now you have two valid species.

Greetings Ingo V.

berksmike
6th November 2008, 13:41
Hi

Thanks Ingo - found a copy of this paper (link below) which I thought might be of interest to people.

http://life.bio.sunysb.edu/ee/grahamlab/pdf/evol_58_801_1781_1793.pdf

MarcNem
16th April 2009, 19:39
That was a cool series of pics. Almost like time lapse. Now, tell us how ling it really too for theose lil guys to morph out.
BTW-What morph is that, SI?

Marc