Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Kermit the Frog Look-Alike Discovered in Costa Rica

by Megan Gannon, News Editor | April 21, 2015 01:00pm ET

Already dubbed a real-life Kermit, a new species of frog has been identified in the rainforests of Costa Rica.

Credit: Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center
The inch-long creature, scientifically named Hyalinobatrachium dianae, joins Costa Rica's 13 other glass frogs, named for their translucent bodies through which you can view their organs. Despite its bright-green skin and bulging white eyes, H. dianae had evaded biologists until a few specimens were collected by scientists with the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center.

One of the characteristics that sets the new species apart from other glass frogs is the advertisement call males use to attract females. The researchers recorded this frog call in the field and found that it consists of "a single tonal long metallic whistle-like note," according to a description of the new species published earlier this year in the journal Zootaxa.

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