Blanchard's Cricket Frog
(Acris blanchardi) --Cricket Frogs
were frequently encountered in the wooded sinkhole surrounding Stemler Cave and rarely within the entrance.
However, cicada species in this area become most abundant in July near the end of the cricket frog
The eastern cricket frog
is the least abundant hylid found at Dave's Pond.
In 1983, DEC biologist Joel Hermes and 1 reviewed some of my cricket frog
records, as observers were noting a decline in cricket frog
A new species of Myxidium (Myxosporea: Myxidiidae), from the western chorus frog, Pseudacris triseriata triseriata, and Blanchard's cricket frog
, Acris crepitans blanchardi (Hylidae), from eastern Nebraska: Morphology, phylogeny, and critical comments on amphibian Myxidium taxonomy.
One Blanchard's cricket frog
(Acris crepitans blanchardi) lacking the left eye and orbit was found by Smith and Powell in Missouri in 1973 (1983).
What they found reveals a new possibility as to why the cricket frog
, indigenous to the eastern half of the United States, has experienced a marked population decline in recent decades.
Populations of Blanchard's cricket frog
are in precipitous decline in the northern periphery of their range.
Among the other vernal pond breeders are the thimble-sized cricket frog
, the 2-inch-long wood frog and the spring peeper.
Environmental selection on calls would be a candidate for such a selection pressure, as has been shown in cricket frog
calls (Ryan et al.
I recommend that no more cricket frog
translocations occur until the causes of the decline is known and effectively removed at release sites.
Records of deposits of cricket frog
specimens into museum collections indicate a marked reduction in numbers from northeastern Illinois in recent decades.