Santa Maria morph
This polymorphic population is found near Santa Fé in the province of Veraguas, Panama. The frogs have an SVL of 32 – 36 mm. Thepattern consists of green, turquoise, or blue bands or blotches on a black background. In the mostly cleared, dry area of the Pacific siteof Veraguas, the frogs depend on living in humid patches along rivers and streams of the Río Santa Maria drainage in altitudes of 50to 500 m.
San Felix morph
This is a medium-sized morph with an SVL of 30 to 32 mm and can be found along the Río San Felix in the Province of Chiriqui,Panama. This morph resembles frogs from the Canal Zone, but the ground colour is a light brown like milky coffee and not a darkbrown or black. The pattern consists of green-yellow spots or rarely comma-like lines. This morph is found in a very dry area andduring the dry season the frogs can be found in large numbers in humid pockets under rocks or roots beside the river banks.
Kuna Yala morph
Another strange morph fromthe Caribbean lowlands in eastern Panama. This morph occurs at altitudes between 600 to 800 mat theSerrania de San Blas in the semi-autonomous territory of Kuna Yala. Mediumsized morph with 32 to 35 mmSVL which shows anunusual pattern of white bands, reticulation, or even spots on a dark brown underground. Juveniles metamorphose with a uniformdarkbrown colour without pattern. The pattern lightens up during maturity and reach the clear cream-white tone only after several years.During their first years of life, the offspring of this morph could easily be mixed up with the very similar looking morph from Capira.
The morph with the largest distribution. It occurs along the Caribbean coastline fromsouth-eastern Nicaragua to western Panamaalong the Province of Bocas del Toro. This morph is morphologically highly conserved throughout most of its range. Pattern consistsof large blotches and bandings fromyellow-green to turquoise-green on a black background. Green pattern takes up more than 50% of overall. It is one of the larger morphs, from33 to 38 mmSVL. Females are slightly bigger whereas males show often broadenedfingertips. This morph is often designated as ‘Nominal’ because of its ubiquity in terrariums, but actually the first described morphfromIsla Taboga has to be correctly called ‘Nominal’.