The purpose of this website is to provide scientifically accurate and widely accessible information to facilitate dispersal of knowledge to researchers and others interested in studying and conserving Panama’s diverse and unique amphibians. Panama hosts over 160 species of frogs (15 families), 25 species of salamanders (1 family: Plethodontidae), and 11 species of caecilians (1 family: Caeciliidae). Thirty species are endemic to this small country, meaning they are found nowhere else in the world.
The goal is to provide a basic account of every species of amphibian present in Panama in English and Spanish. We do not intend to summarize all of the information available for a given species, but rather to provide a starting point to assist those interested in studying these organisms in greater depth. Ideally, for each species, we seek to include the following information:
- Scientific and common names
- Photographs and a description of each life stage of the organism
- Audio files of vocalizations (Frogs only)
- Information on reproductive biology, ecology, behavior, communication, evolution and physiology
- Exemplary photographs and videos of ecology or behavior
- Taxonomic and systematic information
- Habitat and locality data
- Conservation status
- A complete bibliography
- A repository for anecdotal observations, including photographic or video documentation
- Links to other informative websites
The content of species pages can be searched by entering a any word into the search box above. For example, entering “Bocas del Toro” would return all species accounts that contain the name of the archipelago.
We hope that this website will provide a network for researchers working in Panama and the Neotropics in general, to help coordinate research efforts, build collaborations, and promote scientific discourse. Additionally, we hope that this website can be used as a model for persons interested in compiling information about the fauna and flora of any country.
This is a work in progress. If you have any questions, comments, or corrections, or would like to contribute information or photo, audio or video files, please contact us at: email@example.com.
This project has been made possible by generous funding from Encyclopedia of Life and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.