10 New Amphibians Discovered

Researchers in a remote Colombian jungle have identified 10 new species of amphibian. Keeping with Zooillogix's official policy, because the creatures are finally known to Western science, now and only now can we all consider them to exist. Scientists from Conservation International and the Ecotropico Foundation explored the mountains in the Tacarcuna area of the Darien near Panama to discover the new species.

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Oranged-legged rain frog

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Another kind of rain frog

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Salamander Bolitoglossa taylori

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Poisonous frog of the Dendrobatidae famlily

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Glass frog of the nymphargus genus

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Mottled harlequin frog

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The should have made the Harlequin frog pose on a leaf. Then the set would have been complete. Though looking at that pose, it was probably an attention seeking diva.

"Leaves? I do not pose on leaves! What do you think I am, a glass frog? They're so shallow they're transparent! And don't get me started about the salamanders!"

Lovely critters nonetheless.

the top one looks like he has a sprocket around his eye. Toad the wet sprocket perhaps?

"Keeping with Zooillogix's official policy, because the creatures are finally known to Western science, now and only now can we all consider them to exist." lol

~Kai

I'm a little curious on the evolutionary advantage of being a poisonous frog, yet not vibrantly colored.

By Katie 2.0 (not verified) on 05 Feb 2009 #permalink

Katie 2.0, it's natural selection for pure spiteful revenge, proving the Satanist brand of Creationism.

That harlequin picture looks like it has a large crowd in the background taking pictures. :)

I've had some discussion with a friend about the concept of discovered. I would prefer to use the term 'collected' rather than 'discovered' if the person did not know what they put in the specimen jar. Well, we speak of Columbus discovering America, although he though he was in India. So I decided the discussion was trivial and abandoned it.

How would you go about demonstrating to me that something exists that I am unaware of without making me aware of it?

By Jim Thomerson (not verified) on 05 Feb 2009 #permalink

Wow - they are beautiful. I especially love the Oranged-legged rain frog. I've never seen color patters like that on an amphibian before.

Thanks!

The harlequin looks quite similar to the now 'extinct in the wild' panama golden frog. Lets hope these new critters have some immunity to the Chytrid fungus.