New Species of Rain Frog in the Amazon

New Species of Rain Frog in the Amazon
Friday June 10, 2016
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Researchers from Southern Illinois University, the University of Michigan, and the National University of San Antonio Abad in Cusco discovered a new rain frog species in Peru´s Amazon.

The researchers deemed the frog Pristimantis pluvialis, which was found in Manu National Park, an area that has a wide range of wildlife. This new discovery raised the number of amphibian species in the park to 156.

This newly discovered species is unique because it does not necessarily undergo a typical tadpole stage that most other amphibians go through. It has a very specific call and a different skin texture. Furthermore, it lives in quite a wet climate and often calls for mates during heavy rains.

In the first few years of the 2000s, a fungal disease hit Manu National Park and affected many of the frog species. However, this new species appears to not have been drastically affected by the disease as their numbers appear to be intact.

This newfound discovery asserts the fact that more studies should be conducted in the Manu National Park region. There are many new species that are ready to be discovered!

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