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A coqui frog was found on Molokai, and now residents are on high alert

A coqui frog was discovered in Molokai on June 20. (Image: Department of Agriculture/file) A coqui frog was discovered in Molokai on June 20. (Image: Department of Agriculture/file)
A coqui frog was discovered in Molokai on June 20. (Image: Department of Agriculture/file) A coqui frog was discovered in Molokai on June 20. (Image: Department of Agriculture/file)
MOLOKAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Molokai residents are on high alert after a coqui frog was discovered in Kalae last week. 

The invasive frog is known for the male's high-pitched mating call.

handout being shared on social media by the Molokai/Maui Invasive Species Committee says that the frog is detrimental to native ecosystems and can decrease property value due to it being "the noisiest amphibian on earth."

An audio clip of the nocturnal frog's signature chirp-like mating call can be heard here.

The committee is warning residents to take certain preventative measures to ward off the bothersome frogs like not buying plants off island, and thoroughly inspecting incoming shipments.

Coqui frogs are primarily spread through shipping and importing plants from places with known coqui populations, like Puerto Rico.

The Hawaii Invasive Species Council lists coqui as a "rapid response species" for several state departments.

The coqui frog is currently widespread on the Big Island, but is only known to be in a few locations on the islands of Maui, Kauai, and Oahu. So far there have been 121 coqui frogs captured on Molokai, and there are no established populations. 

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