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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-03
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Nikon F100, AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8 ED, Fuji Velvia 50
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Frogs and Toads, Fauna of ETHIOPIAN (Africa) Region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-25 10:56
Viewed: 17210
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Madagascar Tomato Frog
(Dyscophus antongilli)

I find this frog in the rainforest of Madagascar, in the Ranomafana National Park during a short walk in the afternoon, not far from my bungalow.

More info from www.umich.edu

Madagascar Tomato Frog is a rather large terrestrial microhylid that ranges along the northeastern coast of Madagascar from Antongil Bay south to Andevoranto. They occur at elevations from sea level to 200 meters and breed in shallow pools, swamps, drainage ditches, and slow moving bodies of water.

A sexually dimorphic species, female tomato frogs range in size from 8.5 to 10.5 cm and are solid bright red or orange dorsally, which shades into a white ventral surface. Males are not as large (6 to 6.5 cm) or as brilliantly colored, being a duller yellow-orange. A toxic, whitish skin secretion is used as a defense against predators, and can occasionally produce allergic reactions in humans.

Dyscophus antongilli is endangered in its native country as a result of deforestation and over-collecting for the pet trade, and is now listed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-06-25 11:05]

ooh, what a great frog, andrea! :-)
the red color is really amazing, of course it is the clear warning,
"donīt touch me!"
good pov and composition and an interesting note.
well done & take care, thor.

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-06-25 11:05]

Pets? - Some peoble has weird habits!

Anyway, a good pic with nice colours.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-06-25 11:37]

A very interesting and beautiful frog presented in a very well composed picture. The details and colors make it a great work. Well done and thanks for sharing.

Hello Andrea,
Nice shot, especially considering the fact that you had low light on the rainforest floor?
Good use of flash to bring out some great detail, and the bright red color is amazing.
Very interesting creature this.
Well done and Thank You!

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2006-06-25 13:59]

Salut Andrea, bella questa rana rossa, buona fotogrfia in macro. Dan

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  • Anton Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 46 W: 11 N: 154] (595)
  • [2006-06-25 15:39]

Well done, Andrea. The colours and low light conditions was well handled!

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-25 17:05]

Hi Andrea, this one has really eaten too many tomatoes. Brilliant vivid red which you have exposed very well. Excellent details and lighting also. Well composed and TFS.

great red macro I love the details!
Good light, composition and colour!
Thanks Ana:)


A very unique looking subject. The Composition and Lighting are great. TFS,

Woow, a new species for me and a very interesting one. Bizarre colour.
Good use of flash, though the focus is a little soft.
Still its a new addition to TN, so well done.

Very interesting species indeed! Red alert absolutely! Amazing shallow dof worked nice here! Well done!

bleah, che schifo!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-06-28 16:54]

Wow, what a great name! Excellent frog! Never seen this before. Well done Andrea. It's a good shot.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-07-09 11:15]

Hi Andrea,
Very good picture of this frog.
Great color, DOF and BG


Hi Andrea,
Why is it called a tomato frog?:-)
Here.. a normal frog plays hide-and-go-seek. I wonder if these little frogs are less defensive and use their skin, for example to get rid of the photographer.
And is there a difference in toxic secretion if you compare different species?

Loved your notes.
And, your images is "PERFECTION".
So, I took the liberty to use it here.
Hope you dont mind.
Best regards,

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