New frog might croak

Cosmos - - Digest -

Seen from above, the tiny green-spot­ted frogHy ali no bat ra chi um yaku ap­pears quite or­di­nary. Turn it over, how­ever, and there’s a sur­prise wait­ing. The skin on its belly is won­der­fully trans­par­ent, re­veal­ing its in­ter­nal or­gans.

Newly dis­cov­ered by a re­search team from the Univer­si­dad San Fran­cisco de Quito, Ecuador, the frog is re­lated to other so-called “glass frogs” found in the trop­i­cal re­gions of the Amer­i­cas.

Lit­tle is known about H. yaku but, as its dis­cov­er­ers note in the jour­nal Zookeys, it is as­sumed to be en­dan­gered like its cousins be­cause of “habitat de­struc­tion and/or pol­lu­tion mainly be­cause of oil and min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties”.


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