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Four New Species of See-Through Glass Frogs Discovered in Peru

September 3, 2014



They are so cool that you will marvel at the pictures of these new species of frogs discovered by herpetologists in the Peruvian Andes. These little guys are see through and if you look closely enough you can see their little hearts beating as well as their bones and other organs.


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The frogs, of the glass frog family Centrolenidae, were described in the journal Zootaxa last month. The frogs are tiny and were found near streams in the Peruvian Andes. One of the species, Centrolene charapita is named after a chili pepper that has yellow splotches on its back just as the frog does, National Geographic reports. This particular frog and another collected at the same time have zigzag skin pieces on their hind legs that frog researcher Evan Tworney, of East Carolina University in North Carolina speculates serves as camouflage by disrupting the frog’s outline and hiding it from predators.

 

Chimerella corleone

Photo by Evan Tworney

Chimerella corleone was named after the Corleone family of the Godfather series of books and movies.

Chimerella corleone was named after the Corleone family of the Godfather series of books and movies. It was found in the spray zone of waterfalls and is less than an inch in length. It is unique in that it features a spike-like bone in its upper arm, akin to that of the samurai frog described a few years ago. 

Cochranella guayasamini features yellow circles around its eyes and is green in the areas in which it is not see-through. The tadpoles of this species are initially reddish pink before they turn green.

Hyalinobatrachium anachoretus, the fourth frog described in the journal last month was found in cloud forest at 6,725 high in the Peruvian Andes. The frog was found in large numbers one night and then completely disappeared on other nights that the researchers sought them out. 

 

Hyalinobatrachium anachoretus

PHOTO BY EVAN TWORNEY

Hyalinobatrachium anachoretus was found at an altitude of 6,725 feet.

Chimerella corleone along with Centrolene charapita and Cochranella guayasamini, have green bones, which is common with glass frogs.

 

Centrolene charapita

PHOTO BY EVAN TWORNEY

Centrolene charapita is named after a chili pepper.

Hyalinobatrachium anachoretus is unique in that it was found at such high levels in the mountains. Other species in the genus were found at levels approaching just 3,250 feetIn all they are an interesting quad of new frogs coming out of the Peruvian Andes. 


John B. Virata keeps a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased at the Pet Place in Westminster, CA for $5. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata 

 

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