New frog species found in city

The Washington Times Daily - - Nation -

NEW YORK | Sci­en­tists have iden­ti­fied a new species of leop­ard frog in and around New York City. The frog was found hid­ing in plain sight on Staten Is­land.

The New York Times re­ports the find is sur­pris­ing be­cause the frog was dis­cov­ered in one of the world’s most pop­u­lated ur­ban ar­eas.

Re­searchers say the new frog species was con­fused for a long time with a frog it closely re­sem­bles, the south­ern leop­ard frog.

So far, the new species has been pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied on Staten Is­land. A Rut­gers Univer­sity doc­toral can­di­date in ecol­ogy and evo­lu­tion says it prob­a­bly in­hab­ited the city’s other bor­oughs at one time.

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