Costa Rica, summer 2016

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Robin Duborget
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Costa Rica, summer 2016

Post by Robin Duborget » September 19th, 2016, 12:22 am

Hello,

During this summer we went to Costa Rica with my wife and two friends. A group of four biologist teachers ;)
In three weeks we toured this country :
=> Nicoya peninsula => very touristic place, but with species only here in Costa Rica.
=> Monteverde => Cloud forest, beautiful place but there isn't a lot of amphibians.
=> Area of Volcan Arenal
=> La Selva Biological station => naturalist's paradise : The carribean "pristine" rainforest. The numerous trails, accessible also at night (the national park are closed at night, at the "night tour" are a bit useless), make this reserve the best herping place in Costa Rica with the CRARC.
=> Costa Rican Amphibian research center : the best place in the country for seing amphibians. The owner, Brian Kubicki, is a specialist of this group in Costa Rica. Going with him in his Guayacan reserve is a great experience for those interested in frogs.
=> San Gerardo de Dota => at 2500 m high, there isn't a lot of species but the landscape are very interesting (as the birds).
=> Osa peninsula => wildest place in Costa Rica, with a lush rainforest, very rich in species. It's a bit hard to find good herping places. A shame that we found a very interesting place in Rio Piro during last night in the country.

There is a lot (and a lot) of pictures, so I made two flickr album :
Amphibians => https://flic.kr/s/aHskGYKQWp
"reptiles" => https://flic.kr/s/aHskJ7iphW
I should make a general album, with other animals, landscape, but don't have time to finish it now (https://flic.kr/s/aHskGYJEHv) ...

I didn't saw all the amphibian species I want, but in diversity, when counting birds and insects, it was very awesome.
There is most probably some incorrect identification, so feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

Robin

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Paul Freed
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Re: Costa Rica, summer 2016

Post by Paul Freed » September 19th, 2016, 6:21 am

Great photos, Robin! You saw some really nice herps during your visit to Costa Rica. I believe that your Imantodes cenchoa from La Selva is actually a Dipsas, and your Imantodes cenchoa from the Osa looks a bit like Imantodes gemmistratus (but I'll let some other experts chime in on that). Thanks for sharing your images, they are really fantastic!
-Paul

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Re: Costa Rica, summer 2016

Post by blacktara » September 21st, 2016, 11:55 am

Some great shots. Looks like you had a real good trip

Robin Duborget
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Re: Costa Rica, summer 2016

Post by Robin Duborget » September 24th, 2016, 8:52 am

Paul Freed wrote:Great photos, Robin! You saw some really nice herps during your visit to Costa Rica. I believe that your Imantodes cenchoa from La Selva is actually a Dipsas, and your Imantodes cenchoa from the Osa looks a bit like Imantodes gemmistratus (but I'll let some other experts chime in on that). Thanks for sharing your images, they are really fantastic!
-Paul
Thanks Paul !

A Dipsas or a Sibon ? Maybe Sibon annulatus no ?

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