IGERT Herpetofauna Checklist

Here’s a list of the reptiles and amphibians we see during our field course by site. I’ll try my best to get them to genus or species level. I am reporting common name followed by scientific name and number of individuals that we saw.


Barro Colorado Island (January 9th – 11th 2016)

Considering that we came across these herps while hiking to the famous 50 hectare forest ecology plot, walking to our rooms or following monkey troops, it might seem that we spotted a lot of different species. However, according to a previous BCI checklist (Myers and Rand 1969), the species we observed represent 10% of the reported herpetofauna diversity (10 out of 100 species).


  • Green and black poison dart frog (Dendrobates auratus), 13+
  • Cane toad (Rhinella marina), 5+ juveniles, 1 adult
  • Tungara frog (Engystomops pustulosus), 2 males calling


  • House gecko, (Hemidactylus frenatus), TMTC
  • Orange-headed gecko (Gonatodes, possibly Gonatodes albogularis), TMTC
  • Whiptail lizard (Ameiva), TMTC
  • Turnip-tailed gecko (Thecadactylus rapicauda), TMTC
  • Anolis pair (Anolis frenatus?), 2
  • Basiliscus (Basiliscus basiliscus?), 2+
  • American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), 1




  • Rocket frog (Colostethus panamansis?), TMTC
  • Rhinella alata, TMTC juveniles
  • Leptodactylus (Leptodactylus fragilis?) , TMTC juveniles


  • Basiliscus (Basiliscus basiliscus?), TMTC juveniles
  • Anolis (Anolis apletophallus?), TMTC
  • House geckos (Hemidactylus frenatus), TMTC


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Literature Cited

Myers, C. W., and Rand, A. S. 1969. Checklist of amphibian and reptiles of Barro Colorado Island, Panama, with comments on faunal change and sampling. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, number 10.


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