11 March 2010

Find Me


These scattered dry leaves were pictured in Sinharaja Forest!

33 comments:

Loshini said...

Are we supposed to be looking at that brown tentacled creature in the centre?

Kirigalpoththa said...

Tentacled creature? where? :O

Mahasen Bandara said...

:D Nice one!

Me-shak said...

such a cool photo. Blending in, isn't he? The leaf like pattern on the toads back is pretty cool. Super post!

Cheers!

rainfield61 said...

I have not seen this kind of toad before.

Great camouflage.

Chavie said...

I agree with Meshak, awesome leaf pattern... looks like it was air-brushed! haha :D

Good that you spotted the fellow and didn't accidentally step on him, K! :D

Diane AZ said...

Fantastic markings, I've never seen a creature blend in so well!

Glennis said...

I see a frog blending in so well I nearly missed him. he really looks just like the leaf litter.
Well spotted.

realskullzero said...

Whoaa..nice capture bro..:D

Kirigalpoththa said...

Loshini,
I was kidding earlier but yes your task was to find that brown creature in the middle, which you did well :D

Mahasen,
Thanks a lot!

Me-shak,
Yes..the best part was the leaf like design on his hack. Shrewedly blended with the environment :)

Rianfield,
Neither me. I still do not know the exact name but the rangers in the forest said it is known as Katu gemba (Katu is thorny / Gemba is frog).

Chavie,
Yes, luckily while i was walking I saw this leaf like thing moving. Good job that I did not step on him... arghh :D

Diane AZ,
It has a rough thorny skin and the pattern is so well blended with the environment.

Glennis,
Thanks :) Yes I figured him out because he was moving, otherwise I would have never seen him..

Realskullzero,
Thanks brother! :D

Thanks all for your wonderful comments!

Amaris in Wonderland said...

Great pic! The detail in its markings are amazing. I didn't even see it until i enlarged the photo. 8)
Just out of curiosity, about how big is it?

Tes said...

Oh wow, very good camouflage! And you have sharp eyes, K! :) Good capture!

George said...

You've got a great eye to see and capture this camouflage expert. This is a wonderful picture.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Amaris,
It is about 4 inches long. medium sized toad, but a cute fella :D
Thanks for your comments!

Tes,
Yes that was a difficult capture! I'm glad I noticed it..Thanks for your comments! :)

George,
Yes he is surely an expert in camouflaging. Thanks for your comments! :D

betchai said...

i would have never known there is something there if not for the title, the toad looked like one of the leaves :)

Crescendo said...

In the centre ?
Beautiful shots here !
Have a nice day.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Betchai,
Glad you found the creature!
He deceives everyone! ;)
Thanks for your comments!

Crescendo,
Thanks for dropping by and for your comments!
Yes, he is in the center and you found him :D

reanaclaire said...

hi..greetings to u.. a nice first time coming here.. what is it we r looking for by the way? :)

Denise said...

Fabulous camouflage, almost missed him. Great photo, thank you.

sue said...

I found him! I found him!! My eye sight is goooooooood! ;)

Eden said...

Woww... Beautifully camouflaged with the leaves.

Knatolee said...

What fantastic camouflage that toad has!!!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Reanaclaire,
Thanks for dropping by! Well, hope you surely saw something awkward about the pile of leaves here :D

Denise,
Yep he is a shrewed fellow isn't he. Thanks for your comments!

Sue,
Yes if you have found him I can assure you that you have perfect eye sight! Thanks for your comments!

Eden,
Yes, I'm sure he has a leaf imprinted on his back :)
Thanks for your comments!

Knatolee,
Yes, he almost took all of us for a ride. ;) Thanks for your comments!

NicoleB said...

Great camouflage!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Thanks Nicole!

Johnny Nutcase said...

totally cool! talk about camo!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Johnny Nutcase,
Yep he is an expert in camo! :D

Gallicissa said...
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Gallicissa said...

What you have photographed is a high-profile amphibian in Sri Lanka, which is endemic and scarce.

It was discovered only in 1998 by emminent Sri Lankan biologists, Kelum Nalinda Manamendra-Arachchi and Rohan Pethiyagoda from Koskulana near Panapola. It has been christened as Nollert's Toad Bufo noellerti in honour of the German Herpatologist/Batrachologist, Andreas Nollert.

Nollert's Toad looks similar to the Common House Toad aka. Asiatic House Toad Bufo melanostictus Schneider, 1799 that you and I get in our houses and home gardens. However, it can be told apart by using numerous features. The main one that I used to tell this species from the commoner cousin, often found sympatrically, is the absence of 2 pairs of inter-paraoid warts in this species, which is present in Asiatic House Toad. The paratoid gland FYI, are the elevated and elongate sections on each side of the dorsal surface seen the eyes.

I am yet to photograph this species in the wild.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Gallicissa,
This is excellent facts! I thought I just photographed an ordinary toad :D
Infact the ranger told me it is called 'katu gemba' but I didn't really check any info after that..
I think I should do another post quoting your comments above. Hope you don't mind? :)
Thanks a lot!

Gallicissa said...

Please do but with emminent spelled with one m!

Gallicissa said...

And paratoid not paroid where I have written it first...

Kirigalpoththa said...

Amila,
No worries, I'll do the changes. Thanks again :)