Leaf Litter Frog

April 18, 2024

Recently, scientists have found that Leaf Litter Frog emits ultrasonic sounds that are inaudible to humans but can scare off predators.

About Leaf Litter Frog:

  • It is the most abundant species of frog in the forest community. 
  • It utilizes its high-frequency screams as a survival strategy.
  • Habitat: It inhabits primary and secondary forests and forest edges. It is usually found in the leaf-litter on the forest floor, or on leaves in low vegetation inside the forest.
  • Appearance: They are tiny and the largest of the species are females. In size, they are barely up to 64 millimeters (2.5 inches) in length.
  • Distribution: It is a species of frog endemic to the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest.
  • Conservation status
    • IUCN: Least concern

What are Ultrasonic waves?

  • These are sound waves whose frequencies are higher than those of waves normally audible to the human ear.
  • The angular frequencies of the ultrasonic waves produced in laboratories lie from about 105 sec−1 to about 3 × 109 sec−1, the former value representing the limit of audibility of the human ear.