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Ask the Mayor: Is There a Coqui Frog Imposter on Maui?

May 20, 2018, 6:15 PM HST · Updated May 20, 7:53 AM
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Greenhouse frog: PC: Pierre Fidenci – http://calphotos.berkeley.edu, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6094482

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his staff.

Aloha Mayor,

Q: I live in East Maui and have heard the loud chirping of the coqui frog before; however, there is another tiny frog making sounds right outside my house that seem to be new. It is much softer sound and I caught a glimpse of one outside before it hopped off and it seemed to be just as small as the coqui.

Is there another invasive frog species here?

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A: My staff did a little research and according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, there is a look-alike frog that is also very small called the greenhouse frog, and the sound is much softer, described as “cricket-like vocalization” according to the DLNR website.

If you can capture the frog turn it into the Maui Invasive Species Committee by calling (808) 573-6472 or emailing [email protected].

Submit your own questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa at [email protected], (808) 270-7855 or mail them to 200 S. High St., 9th Floor, Wailuku, HI 96793.

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Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask the Mayor” column.

This column originally appeared in publication on Feb. 13, 2013.

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