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Diasporus diastema

Common Tink Frog - Diasporus diastemaDespite their small size, Tink Frogs liven up the jungle night with their delicate chimes. Adult males, the ones that do all the singing, measure just over 20 millimeters at their largest. Females are a bit larger and may measure up to 24 millimeters when fully grown. Still, their call is one of the loudest night sounds you will hear during the rainy season. During the dry season they are completely silent.

There are two species of Tink Frog in Drake Bay. The Common Tink Frog (Diasporus diastema) and the Vociferous Tink Frog (Diasporus vocator). The Common Tink Frog is the species most commonly found in Drake Bay. They inhabit the humid lowlands on the Caribbean and southwestern Pacific regions of Costa Rica. They are also found at the base of the Guanacaste and Tilaran Mountain Ranges.

During their mating season, males generally call from hidden locations. We have found them calling inside dead leaves, in very tangled vine clumps, and in the cavities of plants like Bromeliads and Corn Plants.
Tink Frog - Diasporus diastema 
Tink Frogs are strictly tree dwellers and they are typically found from 1 to 35 meters off the ground. We often hear them calling from bromeliad laden treetops.

Their call is a very loud, high pitched "Tink!". Studies suggest there is a calling order, where a dominant male inaugurates the calling sessions and other males in the group respond in their respective order. The calling order helps to throw off any predator locating the frogs by hearing. This, along with their small size, their habit of calling from hidden perches and the fact that their call is nearly impossible to home in on, makes every encounter with this very common frog a special occasion.

They must be secretive when they call because a whole host of predators, including Smoky Jungle Frogs, Fringe-lipped Bats, Marine Toads and Four-eyed Opossums all locate male frogs by their call and make a mini-meal out of them.

Tink Frog - Diasporus diastemaWhile calling a male frog's throat sac becomes quite inflated. If a female is attracted into his territory, he approaches her immediately calling repeatedly. He stops in front of her and lifts his legs up and down. She responds by bumping his extended throat sac with her snout. The male then bumps and touches the female. This ritual may be repeated several times.

Eventually, he leads her back to a nest he has previously prepared. Nest sites are generally a few centimeters to several meters off the ground and may be located hidden in Bromeliads, leaf petioles, or under bark.

Once they reach the nest site, they join in axillary amplexus and mate. Egg clutches may contain between 11 and 19 eggs. The eggs go through direct development and fully formed frogs emerge 23 to 26 days after the eggs are laid.

The very next night, after mating, that little male will be out calling again. If he attracts another female, they go through the same process and he will lead her back to the same nest.

Diasporus diastema eggs 
Scientists have found between three to seven egg clutches at Tink Frog nests, all in different stages of development. 

Embryos do go through tadpole stage inside the egg, but they never have a free swimming aquatic phase.

We found the Tink Frog nest pictured here on our property. The tiny developing frogs can be seen inside the eggs!!

The nest had 2 egg clutches in different stages of development and the male was tending the nest during the day.




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Savage, J.  2002  The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica   University of Chicago Press


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