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The phenotypic plasticity of Pristimantis mutabilis

Submitted by: Chun Chun Ng

Program: Biomedical Visualization

Division: Life Sciences

This illustration was created as part of the research in exploring the best methods to teach high school or college level biology student about phenotypic plasticity. This newly discovered mutable rainfrog found in Ecuador has the ability in changing the skin texture from tubercular to smooth within milliseconds depending on the environment it is in. This frog was used as an example in explaining the concept with three of the different level of smoothness shown in an according surroundings to demonstrate the adaptation of skin texture as part of the survival mechanism.