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The white mystery thing....

The white mystery object located in the bush on the left hand side of the pond, is actually a frog nest. It belongs to the African Tree Frog. Here's a photo... [/img] Here is the information I have gotten about it ....

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The African Foam-nest Tree Frog (Chiromantis rufescens) is a frog that lives in Africa. Its upper body is a brownish color, tinged rust, and it has small dark spots around its head and pelvis. It is called the foam-nest tree frog because its nest consists of air bubbles, wrapped in leaf. When its larvae hatch, they fall into the water below, where they grow from tadpoles into frogs.

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"kuhava" wrote:

I never new the meaning of Chromantis - but as a kid we grew up knowing them as the rain callers/prophets. They will always chirp before the rain - local people Shona/Shangaan believe they actually call the rain. They are also found far from water. Perhaps the name is not as funny as appropriate.
Thanks Kuhava ....very interesting...At least the ''manits'' has something to do with that ... Laughing out loud

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"Fani" wrote:
Really Landi ...you save us a lot of times Eye-wink Laughing out loud

Thank you very much Laughing out loud

But do you know what is the meaning of Chiromantis xerampelina ... it is very funny...I don't know who named it but he had a lot of imagination.... :!: Laughing out loud

Chiromantis...comes from Chir (hand) and mantis (fortune teller)
Xerambelina ....comes from Xero (Dry) and ampeli (vine)

I never new the meaning of Chromantis - but as a kid we grew up knowing them as the rain callers/prophets. They will always chirp before the rain - local people Shona/Shangaan believe they actually call the rain. They are also found far from water. Perhaps the name is not as funny as appropriate.

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The African Foam-nest Tree Frog (Chiromantis rufescens) is a frog that lives in the tropical rainforests of Central Africa. Its upper body is a brownish color, tinged rust, and it has small dark spots around its head and pelvis. The frog lives in trees, and builds its nest on branches overhanging water. It is called the foam-nest tree frog because its nest consists of air bubbles, wrapped in leaf. When its larvae hatch, they fall into the water below, where they grow from tadpoles into frogs.

source: www.wikipedia.org

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WOW Landi, keep those books in storage for another month, no need to pick them up now! Must be a very busy time for you these days and till you moved and settled in!
Those ID's can wait a little longer, no hurry, not to worry! Laughing out loud

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Storage is in some warehouse about 80km away - we are building a new house and keeping some of our possessions in storage until we move into the new place.

Hopefully I will have everything back by mid February.

Landi

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Sticking out tongue Landi, you made me laugh! Laughing out loud And you make me wonder where that storage is... far away? Eye-wink Laughing out loud Please, whenever you come near your storage...could you pick up your books? duh...probably those books are in storage for good reason...

Nevertheless Landi, thanks a lot for helping us out on the foam frog nest! Laughing out loud

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Sorry guys, I started going through all my reference books and found that all the books I needed - frogs, reptiles and fungi are still all packed away in storage - I have ready access to books on freshwater fish, scorpions, flowers, trees, birds and snakes - but not the books we need right now :cry:

Landi

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Thank you, Mr Scott, for your reply and for providing us with this marvelous camera. If I owned it, I would feel great pleasure in all of the enjoyment that is brought to others and I'll bet that you do too.
Kay

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"Landi" wrote:
I am no frog expert, we simply called them foam nest frogs - guests tend to get this blank stare when you start quoting latin names. I'll get the books out in the morning and come up with some more info - hopefully.
Laughing out loud LOL Landi, I can imagine those blank stares of the guests! Eye-wink Laughing out loud Much appreciated if you would come up with some more info!
"Landi" wrote:
With regard to the fungi, I saw the pics - yes they are mushrooms ( we have them here at the moment too (about 80km from Nkorho). I cant see whether they are in sunlight all day from the pics (here I have only found them in partial sunlight).
Here is a pic of the waterhole, I outlined the place roughly where we saw the fungi. Not that much shade in my opinion, except from the grass. [/img]
"Landi" wrote:
I need to check out the books for the ID on the lizzard / skink. Landi
:roll: We had some discussion about it's ID, and I'm pretty sure it's a lizzard and not a skink... Sticking out tongue but I'm no expert here too, and mostly I'm very wrong with my ID's! Laughing out loud Thanks Landi, for giving it a try. Laughing out loud

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"cerinthe" wrote:
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Hi this is the a grey tree frogs nest, in the absence of overhanging branches they often choose to make the nest in a grass clump on the edge of the water.

Regards

Campbell Scott



Answer from another ranger Laughing out loud
Laughing out loud Thank you Campbell :!:

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