‘Glowing’ frog found in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES: The first naturally fluorescent frog was discovered recently in Argentina, almost by chance, a member of the team of researchers said on Thursday.
Argentine and Brazilian scientists at the Bernardino Rivadaiva Natural Sciences Museum made the discovery while studying the metabolic origin of pigments in a tree-frog common to South America. Under normal light, the frog’s translucent skin was a muted yellowish-brown colour with red dots, but when the scientists shone an ultraviolet light on it, it turned a celestial green.
The case is “the first scientific record of a fluorescent frog”, said researcher Carlos Taboada.
The team studied some 200 more examples to ensure the phenomenon was not due to the frog’s captivity, and detected the fluorescent properties in all the specimens. AFP
A fluorescent polka-dot tree frog (Hypsiboas punctatus) that lives in South America.