Monday, 27 January 2014

Not seen in over 130 years, 'extinct' frog rediscovered in Sri Lanka 
January 10, 2014

In 1876—the same year that the first telephone call was made—the British scientist Albert Günther described a new species of frog from Sri Lanka, but the species, known as the webless shrub frog (Pseudophilautus hypomelas), was never seen again. Having disappeared into history, scientists considered the species extinct—that is until a 2010 expedition stumbled on 40 mystery frogs. 

"During a nocturnal sampling on the 06 April 2010, about 40 frogs resembling Pseudophilautus hypomelas were noticed from the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary," write scientists, led by L.J. Mendis Wickramasinghe, in the Journal of Threatened Taxa.

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