CITES CoP 18

Glass Frogs under Threat in Latin America

By Adrian Reuter | August 21, 2019

Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS
Photo credit: ©Mauricio Rivera Correa (Creative Commons)

“Glass frogs, or “ranas de cristal,” fall among the taxa whose international trade could significantly threaten their survival in the wild.”

With the particularity of having a transparent abdominal skin through which their internal organs are visible, glass frogs have become popular in the international pet trade. These species sell for significant prices in consumer countries, suggesting that demand is high. Even though not all of the glass frog species have been recorded in international trade, similarity in color and size makes it difficult to differentiate among the various species, which poses a challenge to those responsible for the regulation and control of its trade.

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“Eleven more species are proposed for Appendix II due to the real possibility that they may soon become threatened with extinction due to their documented presence in international trade.”

With field programs in many glass frog range state countries in Latin America, WCS works to conserve many of the habitats and ecosystems where these unique amphibians live. We share the concern of international trade becoming an additional and significant threat to many species.

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