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Noisy nuisance Coqui frogs threaten more than the peace. Patricia Tummons July 2, 2003 Honolulu Weekly The scene: Hilo High School auditorium. The date: an evening in early May. The occasion: After months of rehearsals, students from Hilo and Waiäkea high schools perform their hearts out in Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical. Throughout the performance, an unscripted chorus accompanies the dialogue and drowns out all but the most robust vocalists and ensemble numbers. It is the sound of the coqui, a tiny native frog of Puerto Rico that has been invading more and more neighborhoods on the island of Hawai‘i. Thousands of the frogs inhabit the brush behind Hilo High, and their noise fills the night air, disrupting evening classes as well as the occasional student play. Across the islands, such scenes are occurring with increasing frequency. From Hawai‘i to Kaua‘i, tiny but populous frog cities are popping up, unseen to all but the most vigilant, but audible to nearly everyone. Initially, the soft sounds of the evening and night are pierced by the distinctive two-tone chirp of one or two males of the species Eleutherodactylus coqui (the females are silent). Within a few weeks or months, the numbers of frogs have multiplied and the occasional chirp has grown into the amphibian equivalent of Van Halen. As much as the noise of the coqui is a nuisance in populated areas, some researchers
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