Project Description

Tomato Frog

Dyscophus guineti

Aquarium Location

Madagascar

Habitat

Usually found in primary rainforest swamp forests and in clearings and poorly drained places adjacent to or within forest. It is not found in severely degraded habitats. It breeds in temporary and permanent pools. They live 150-900 meters above sea level.

Range

Eastern rainforest belt of Madagascar (150-900 meters above sea level).

Diet

Insects, worms, spiders and even small vertebrates such as their own offspring.

Fun Facts

When it feels threatened, the tomato frog swells its body for protection.
Tomato Frogs are sufficient reproducers and are common in zoos and aquariums.
Females are one third larger than males and have a wider head.
The species name “guineti” comes from the French merchant M. Guinet who was from Sambava in the North of Madagascar.
Tomato frogs mature at 9-14 months, and lay 1,000-1,500 eggs.

Cool Adaptation

They can secrete a distasteful white and sticky material that gets into the mouths of predators and is usually instantly effective at getting the predator to release them.

Conservation Connection

The tomato frog’s forest habitat is receding due to agriculture, timbering, charcoal production, the invasive spread of eucalyptus, livestock foraging and human development. It is exploited commercially, but not yet to the degree that would affect populations.