Researchers at the Queensland Museum in Australia have found a new, adorable frog species in the marshy, lowland forests of New Guinea. Nicknamed the "chocolate frog", it has large, cartoon-like eyes and its skin is the color of milk chocolate. The candy colored amphibian is closely related to the green tree frog which is common in Australia. Researchers discovered the frog while trying to draw a clearer family picture of the lineage of the green tree frog on both islands. Australia and New Guinea were connected by a land bridge until about 10,000 years ago and have hosted many animals of the same type, including frogs.
These amphibians, known for their jumping ability and crackling voice, live all over the world and are among the most diverse animals with over 6,000 species. The new species was described for the first time by researchers in a recently published study australian journal of zoology. These researchers traveled to New Guinea and found a 'chocolate frog' in a hot swamp full of crocodiles.
Lead study author Paul Oliver, a biologist at the Queensland Museum and Griffith University, explained Queensland Museum Network That once researchers saw the new species, they started calling it the 'chocolate frog' and the name stuck. Lever continued, "What is a little surprising about this discovery is that Australia's famous and common green tree frog has a long-discovered relative living in the lowland rainforests of New Guinea. Because of this, we The new frog was named Litoria Mira because the word 'mira' in Latin means wonder or strange."
Steve Richards, a co-author of the paper, said the researchers thought the species was probably widespread in New Guinea. "While New Guinea is not a place most Australians are well known, many animal groups are shared. Therefore, understanding biodiversity in New Guinea helps us understand the history and origins of Australia's unique fauna. is," Richards said in a statement.
Queensland Museum CEO Jim Thompson said there is still much to learn about biodiversity in Australia and that museums play an important role in "describing and preserving our natural world heritage".