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cicindela Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Hello my Friends!
When today I saw a picture of small toad taken by Dietrich (meyerd) I started to think that maybe it is time for some amphibian presentation. And here it is :>

This is a baby frog of Rana dalmatina Fitzinger, 1838 known also as Agile Frog, Spring Frog. This specimen has some 2cm. This is one of 8 European "brown frogs".

"Brown frogs" can be recognized from "green frogs" not only because of colours (as names suggest...) - because colours ar not always contant. The main feature is lack of white strip of the back which is present in "green frogs" :>

The are 8 species of "brown frogs" in Europe:
1. Rana dalmatina (seen here :>)
2. Rana graeca (see: here and here)
3. Rana temporaria (see here)
4. Rana arvalis
5. Rana iberica
6. Rana italica
7. Rana pyrenaica
8. Rana latastei

Among all these frog species Rana dalmatina is known as real champion in long distance jumps - adults can jump even some 1.8-2m! This is some 20 times more than its body lenght! :>

R. dalmatina is a species with mainly Balcan distribution, noted also from some localities in Central Europe and even from Southern Sweden; known from NW Turkey too.

As always I would be very grateful for your comments to this picture! :>

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cicindela Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Edited by:Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)

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