Newly Discovered Peruvian Frog Named After Sir David Attenborough
March 7, 2017
A new species of frog was recently discovered in the Peruvian Andes mountains, and the American researchers who discovered it named it after British broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough.
The frog, Pristimantis attenboroughi, also known as Attenborough's rubber frog, has been found in about 10 locations in Peru’s Pui Pui Protected Forest, a nature reserve that sits between 3400 and 3936 meters in elevation.
"We dedicate this species to Sir David Frederick Attenborough in honor for his educational documentaries on wildlife, especially on amphibians (e.g., Life in Cold Blood, Fabulous Frogs), and for raising awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation," the authors, Dr. Edgar Lehr and Dr. Rudolf von May wrote in their paper, published in the journal ZooKeys.
Males of the species grow to about 14.6-19.2 mm in length while the females are larger, ranging between 19.2 and 23.0 mm in length. Their colorations range from pale to dark gray to reddish brown and brownish olive with dark gray flecks throughout much of the body, according to Phys.org.