New "Gold" frogs less than 1 cm in length and long toes are discovered by scientists exploring a remote Ethiopian mountain.
- The newly discovered species is known as Phrynobatrachus bibita sp. November
- DNA tests show that it is genetically different from other puddle frogs.
- They have a golden hue, a slender body with long legs, elongated fingers and toes Ethiopia
Yuan Ren for mail on line
A new species of puddle frog has been found on a previously unexplored mountain in southwestern Ethiopia.
The creatures are characterized by features that make them easily distinguishable from other Ethiopian puddle frogs, such as a slender body with long legs, extended fingers and toes, and a golden hue.
DNA sequencing of tissue samples taken from tiny frogs by a NYU Abu Dhabi team confirmed that they were genetically different from all other species.
The Bibita Mountains in southern Ethiopia is a remote forest area that was researched by scientists until last summer.
Scroll down for videos
A new species of Ethiopian puddle frogs is 17 mm long for males and 20 mm for females. They are easily distinguished from closely allied puddle frogs by a slender body with long legs, elongated fingers and toes and a golden hue
The small frogs were given the long scientific name Phrynobatrachus bibita sp. November and measure 17 mm long for men and 20 mm for women.
Postdoc researcher Sandra Goutte, who was on the expedition to Bibta Mountain, said: "When we looked at the frogs, it was obvious that we had found a new species, distinct from all Ethiopian species that we've ever seen makes a difference! & # 39;
Due to their unique morphological properties they are easily distinguishable from even related puddle frogs.
Dr. Reyes-Velasco, who initiated the exploration of the mountain, said the fruitful trip was indeed a second attempt by the research team in the area.
He said: "We tried to reach Bibita on a previous expedition in 2016 without success. Last summer we used a different route that took us to higher elevations, "he added.
Sandra Goutte, Postdoctoral Associates, who was on the expedition to Bibta Mountain said: "When we looked at the frogs, it was obvious that we had found a new species that was so different from all Ethiopian species ever seen before!
The area from which the frogs were found is one of the few remaining highland areas in Ethiopia.
The species was discovered just two days after exploring the mountain.
A full report of the study was published in ZooKeys published.