Great news for the black-eyed treefrog Agalychnis moreletii.
The red-eyed treefrog (Agalychnis callidryas) is one of the most recognisable amphibians of the world. Its big, bulging red eyes, and green skin make it a highly charismatic and lovable character of the forests of Central America.
Its cousin however, the black-eyed treefrog (Agalychnis moreletii), also sporting bright green skin but this time (unsurprisingly) with black eyes, is much less well known. In Guatemala, black-eyed treefrogs are best known from highland cloud forest sites, and it is rarely found together with its famous relative.
Until last year black-eyed treefrogs were listed as Critically Endangered due to concerns about threats to its populations from loss of habitat and amphibian diseases, such as chytrid fungus. However, as more people begin to focus field expeditions in Mexico and Guatemala, more populations are being found, and so the Amphibian Specialist Group of the IUCN took the decision to revise the status of the species to Vulnerable. Fantastic news for the species!
One of those new populations has been reported from northwestern Petén on route to Laguna del Tigre National Park. Excitingly, towards the end of 2017 we received word (accompanied by a photograph) from Jeovany and Cornelio that black-eyes had been sighted at Las Guacamayas.
This is a very exciting addition to the amphibian diversity of the national park. This year Indigo field teams will be concentrating on finding black-eyed treefrogs again to officially confirm their presence in Laguna del Tigre.