Reports

Infrared reflectance in leaf-sitting neotropical frogs

Science  10 Jun 1977:
Vol. 196, Issue 4295, pp. 1225-1226
DOI: 10.1126/science.860137

Abstract

Two members of the glass-frog family Centrolenidae (Centrolenella fleischmanni, C. prosoblepon) and the hylid subfamily Phyllomedusinae (Agalychnis moreletii, Pachymedusa dacnicolor) reflect near-infrared light (700 to 900 nanometers) when examined by infrared color photography. Infrared reflectance may confer adaptive advantage to these arboreal frogs both in thermoregulation and infrared cryptic coloration.