Frog defense: hiding, fighting, or both

JAC: Instead of “Readers’ Wildlife” today, we’ll have a report on frogs by Greg Mayer, who’s just visited Costa Rica. by Greg Mayer Although quite cryptic on the forest floors it calls home, the smoky jungle frog (Leptodactylus pentadactylus) in the photo below is too obvious to be a candidate for “spot the frog”. This […]

The crab is spotted

by Greg Mayer I think most readers probably spotted the crab (which happens to be spotted) rather quickly, in part because it was in the dead center of the photo, which is how I deliberately composed the shot. More than a challenge to readers’ spotting ability, I wanted to illustrate the delightfully exact camouflage that […]

Spot the crab!

by Greg Mayer I’ve just returned from Costa Rica, and hope to regale WEIT readers with further reports, but we’ll begin with a “spot the ____”.  This is from Playa Pan Dulce, near the tip of the Osa Peninusla in southwestern Costa Rica.

Summer reading and summer vacation: anoles

by Greg Mayer Anoles are the neatest of all animals, and if you don’t believe me, take it up with my friend here– she’ll set you right! But rather than tangle with her, you can convince yourself by reading my friend and colleague Jonathan Losos’s new book, Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree: Ecology and Adaptive […]