A new frog is discovered and its a cartoon.
Kermit the frog may be much closer to reality than scientists realize.
According to a newly published report, scientists have discovered a new species of glass frog that has a translucent body through which its internal organs are visible to the naked eye.
More importantly, the frog also appears to be a real life, living doppelgänger of Kermit the frog, the Muppet Show frog made famous by Jim Henson.
The frog was recently discovered in Costa Rica and is the first species of glass frog discovered in nearly 40 years.
Glass frogs, which have semi-translucent bodies, are frogs of the amphibian family Centrolenidae and the order Anura. The range of the glass frogs extends from South America to Central America. Its taxonomical classification has led to rifts within the scientific community, and scientists have long sought additional glass frog species in order to further clarify its role within the animal kingdom.
While some species of glass frogs have colorful skin and are masters of camouflage, the newly discovered frog has a nearly translucent body that shows its internal organs clearly. The frogs tend to live among rivers and streams during mating season, and they are particularly widespread within the cloud forests of Central and South America and throughout the Amazon.
Many of the amphibians live in South America and the Caribbean, and Central America. The frogs have faced threats in recent years, including pollution and deforestation. Recently, a number of conservation agencies have stepped up efforts to protect the rare glass frogs, but recent studies show glass frogs continuing to decline in numbers around the region.
Brian Kubicki, a lead researcher on the project, notes that glass frogs are often used as a determinant in an ecosystem’s health. The frog is particularly susceptible to human activity and local conservation efforts have relied more heavily on frogs in general to gauge whether conservation efforts are appropriately directed.
Speaking earlier this week, Kubicki said he realized that he discovered an unknown species of frog after detailing its coloration and its mating calls.
According to the researcher, this is the fourteenth species of glass frog discovered in the Costa Rican tropical forests, and and according to researchers there are more than 200 known species of frogs in the Costa Rican region.
Stanley Salazar and Robert Puschendorf, Kubicki’s colleagues, were also involved in the research and discovery. The findings are published in the scientific journal Zootaxa.