The Payamino territory is a highly biodiverse area for amphibians and research has been undertaken by both the Universities of Glasgow and Manchester over a number of years to assess the species diversity and abundance of the populations, as well as shorter projects investigating various aspects of the amphibian community.
Currently a year long study is being undertaken compiling a species list for the Payamino territory and carrying out research to gauge the effectiveness of an assessment technique never before used for amphibians. This study is currently a little over half way through its field time and already has found an impressive 61 species including one caecilian and two salamander species. Over 500 individuals have been encountered during this time including the rare and understudied Nyctimantis rugiceps and Osteocephalus cabrerai.
The full Payamino amphibian species list will be available here soon. Right now you can see images of all ten Hyla species we have found here.
You can read an account of an ‘Unreported Variation in a Tree Frog (Hyla geographica) species found in the Payamino’ by Andrew R. Gray here.
Members of the Payamino community have been actively involved in the data collection process with methods, aims and usefulness of such projects explained at length. Amphibian education has also been carried out with local school and college children where a poster was created using photos taken in Payamino explaining life cycles, the importance of amphibian conservation and showing the wide variety of amphibians found in Payamino. Children have also been encouraged to participate in amphibian walks to demonstrate careful handling, the importance of returning individuals to exactly where they were found and to enthuse them in fascinating and diverse class.
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