New Frog Species Discovered in Peruvian Andes

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A new frog species was discovered in the Peruvian Andes, has been named after noted British broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

The frog is formally described as Pristimantis attenboroughi , while it is to be referred to as Attenborough’s rubber frog.

Scientists from Illinois Wesleyan University and University of Michigan in the U.S., spent two years surveying montane forests in central Peru, in order to document the local amphibians and reptiles and evaluate their conservation statuses.

The Attenborough’s rubber frog is known to inhabit several localities across the Pui Pui Protected Forest, a nature reserve located at elevations between 3,400 and 3,936 metres above sea level in central Peru.

The adult males reach size of 14.6-19.2 millimetres in length, while the females are larger measuring between 19.2 and 23 mm.

Their colour ranges from pale to dark grey or reddish brown to brownish olive with dark grey scattered flecks.

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