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New (And Very Cute) ‘Chocolate Frog’ Species Recognized By Scientists

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Scientists have made a really ribbeting discovery: a brand new species of frog.

The frog in query, Litoria mira, is a tree frog that’s been nicknamed the “chocolate frog” due to its brown coloring. Australian researchers discovered the frog in a swamp within the lowland rainforests of New Guinea.

“The closest recognized relative of Litoria mira is the Australian inexperienced tree frog,” Griffith College and Queensland Museum phylogeneticist Paul Oliver mentioned in a press launch. “The 2 species look related besides one is often inexperienced, whereas the brand new species often has a beautiful chocolate colouring.”



Hiya, chocolate frog!

There are different variations as nicely, together with a small violet patch on the fringe of the newly found frog’s eyes. The chocolate frog can also be smaller.

Oliver was the lead creator on a paper revealed final month within the Australian Journal of Zoology in regards to the frog, which researchers truly first noticed again in 2016.

The world the place the frog was discovered is pretty inhospitable to individuals, which can be why scientists didn’t know in regards to the frog earlier than, Australian herpetologist Steve Richards advised the Manning River Occasions.

“It’s swampy, it’s spiky, there are many malaria-carrying mozzies [mosquitoes], it floods, there are crocodiles and never many roads,” he mentioned, noting that the very day he discovered the chocolate frog he additionally needed to flee a bunch of big hornets. “It’s a extremely disagreeable place to work.”

The researchers imagine that the little brown frog could also be pretty widespread in New Guinea, in accordance with Science Alert. The frog’s scientific identify is a tribute to the shock the scientists felt on the discovery, Oliver mentioned in a Griffith College assertion.

“We named this new Litoria frog species Mira, which implies shocked or unusual in Latin, as a result of it was a shocking discovery to search out an over-looked relative of Austalia’s well-known and customary inexperienced tree [frog] residing within the lowland rainforests of New Guinea,” he mentioned.



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