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A new species of gold frog has been found in an unexplored mountain in southwestern Ethiopia. The species were discovered in just two days after the team began exploring the mountain. The uncommon frog is easily distinguishable from other Ethiopian puddle frogs, such as a slender body with long legs, elongated fingers and toes, and a golden tint. See the image below!
“DNA sequencing of tissue samples taken from the minute frogs by a team at NYU Abu Dhabi confirmed that it was genetically different from any other species. The Bibita Mountains in southern Ethiopia is an area of isolated forest that had remained explored by scientists until last summer”, highlighted www.dailymail.co.uk.
The gold frog name is Phrynobatrachus bibita sp. nov. which was given the lengthy scientific name Phrynobatrachus bibita sp. nov. Frog measures 17 mm long for males and 20 mm for females.
Postdoctoral researcher Sandra Goutte, who was on the expedition to Bibta Mountain, said: “When we looked at the frogs, it was obvious that we had found a new species, they look so different from any Ethiopian species we had ever seen before!”
Owing to its special features the gold frogs are easily distinguishable from even closely related puddle frogs.
Dr Reyes-Velasco, who initiated the exploration of the mountain, said the fruitful trip was in fact a second attempt by the research team to the region.
He said: “We tried to reach Bibita in a previous expedition in 2016 without success. Last summer, we used a different route that brought us to higher elevation,’”he added.
Postdoctoral Associates Sandra Goutte who was on the expedition to Bibta Mountain, said: ‘When we looked at the frogs, it was obvious that we had found a new species, they look so different from any Ethiopian species we had ever seen before!’_image credit_ www.dailymail.co.uk.
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