Like the song of a bird, “Japan’s most beautiful” Amami’s frog’s voice. - tonbo translations

Like the song of a bird, “Japan’s most beautiful” Amami’s frog’s voice.

“Japan’s most beautiful frog” a rare species known as Ishikawa’s frog (Odorrana ishikawae) are found in Kagoshima and Amamishima islands at night near the mountain streams where they are heard making beautiful chirping sounds.
Of the whole world, this species of frog can only be found inhabiting these two islands. It was once thought Okinawa was also inhabited by this species of frog, but through a profile and DNA analysis, in 2011 it was recognized as a different species. With vibrant green with seemingly specs of gold sprinkled on their body making them so beautiful that in Latin “beautiful sparkling gold frog” is their technical given name.
From about January to May at night during the breeding season, male frogs inflate a vocal sac on their throats called a “meinou” that allows them to chirp in a high tone much like a bird. This sound is inviting to females and shows their dominance of a particular domain.
Due to their significant increase in popularity, Kagoshima authorities and the police headquarters have arrested a pet shop owner in Tokyo on suspicion of violating conservation laws by capturing one of these frogs. Local nature conservation authorities are insisting “This is a treasure of the island. We must quietly watch and protect”.


まるで鳥の鳴き声 「日本一美しい」奄美のカエルの美声
 「日本一美しいカエル」と呼ばれる希少種のアマミイシカワガエルが、鹿児島・奄美大島の夜の渓流で「キョーッ」という美しい鳴き声を響かせている。
 世界でこの島だけに生息する固有種。以前は沖縄本島にいるイシカワガエルと同種とされたが、外形やDNAを分析した結果、2011年に新種として認定された。鮮やかな緑に金のしずくを落としたような体色が美しく、ラテン語で「金色に輝くきれいなカエル」という意味の学名がつけられている。1~5月ごろの繁殖期の夜間、雄は「鳴囊(めいのう)」と呼ばれるのどの袋を膨らませて鳥が鳴くような甲高い声をあげ、雌を誘ったり、縄張りを主張したりする。
 マニアの間で人気が高く、警視庁と鹿児島県警が種の保存法違反(捕獲)などの容疑で、このカエルを捕獲した東京都内のペットショップ店長らを逮捕する事件も起きている。地元の自然保護関係者は「島の宝。静かに見守って」と訴えている。


SOURCE: https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASM4C0Q04M4BTLTB00C.html

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