Biologists discovered a new treefrog species in the Andes of Ecuador

Biologists discovered a new treefrog species in the Andes of Ecuador

In a remote and largely unexplored area of the eastern Andes, a new treefrog species was discovered.

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The frog seems to have an exceptional thumb like a claw that researchers believe could be used as a weapon against predators and opponents.

Field biologists made the disclosure in the midst of a 14-day endeavor in the Cordillera del Cóndor, on the outskirts of Peru, on a remote mountain.

The group strolled along rugged terrain for 2 days until they came across the dwarf forest where the species lived.

Video from the woods unveils the frog, a dim darker shade with orange spots that blend in the stones and the dark surges of water.

Its peculiar claw-like structure can be seen jutting from the bottom of its thumb, known as a prepollex

The location of the Ecuadorian Andes is said to be one of the most extravagant biodiversity regions in the world.

Alex Achig, one of the field biologists who discovered the new species said that the frogs were hard to locate as they mingled in with surroundings so well.

The group analyzed —three grown-up male, one grown-up female, and two adolescent females—administrating DNA tests and distinguishing them with comparative species. 

After examining hereditary and morphological information, researchers from Ecuador's Catholic University inferred that this treefrog was not a known species.

Treefrog scientific name

As a tribute to Dr. David Hillis, a member from the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, species was named Hyloscirtus Hillis,

During the 1980s, Dr. Hillis discovered three significantly related frog species in a similar class and directed a progression of field expeditions to the southern Andes of Ecuador.

Despite the newly discovered Hyloscirtus Hillis, the species is in danger of going extinct due to the decimation of the natural environment nearby, which is in close proximity to Chinese mining activity.

Rhythm Dhami

A deep-rooted person who has made an investigation of regular history since childhood or so - longer than I can recollect. An interest in wildlife has developed into wonder with all of nature, and an unquenchable interest to take in more..

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