BREAKING NEWS EVERYONE, Kermit the frog is alive and kicking a**es in the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica.
Scientists have discovered a new specie of glass frog in the Caribbean foothills with pictures of the amphibian showing a striking resemblance to the famous green puppet, Kermit the frog.
But this frog can’t carry a tune. In fact, it has a long whistle like that of an insect, which, according to a new study, may be why scientists didn’t notice it for so long—Costa Rica’s last glass frog discovery occurred in 1973.
Dubbed Diane’s Bare-hearted glass frog (Hyalinobatrachium dianae), the inch-long (2.5 centimeter) amphibian is described February 19 in the journal Zootaxa.
These glass frogs live high in tree canopies near streams and creeks, descending when it’s time to breed. The glass frog’s name originates from its translucent, organ-revealing bellies—though the lack of pigmentation is still a mystery to scientists.
Their green coloration, on the other hand, helps the nocturnal frogs stay camouflaged on the undersides of leaves during the day.
The new frog may look like Kermit, but it’s not quite as cuddly.
Male glass frogs are very territorial, and will grapple fiercely with other males who trespass on their territory, says Andrew Crawford, a batrachologist at the University of Los Andes in Colombia who wasn’t involved in the new research.
According to biologist Steven Whitfield, who studies frogs in Costa Rica, to National Geographic,
The new found species inhabits eastern Costa Rica’s mountainous forests, which range between 1,300 and 2,500 feet (400 to 800 meters)—prime territory for amphibians. It’s pretty cool to see that they’ve found a new species, when there are so many that may have been lost.”
Costa Rica’s frog populations have been decimated by the deadly chytrid fungus, said Dr Rowley, from the Australian Museum Research Institute. However the country had done a good job conserving frog habitat, the destruction of which was a major threat to many frogs species around the world.
via National Geographic