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Newly Discovered Frog Species Looks Just Like Kermit


Kermit the Frog might just be a muppet, but life has recently imitated art. A newly discovered species of frog found in Costa Rica looks just like the famous green children’s character. The species, known as the Hyalinobatrachium dianae or glass frog, is slimier than Kermit, but overall it’s a great rendition.

CBS News reports that the amphibian may have gone undetected in the past because it lives in poorly studied sites and its mating call sounds more like a whistle than a full-throated ribbit. The glass frog was discovered by researcher Brian Kubiki.

Kermit the Frog - The Glass Frog

“The advertisement call that the males of this species produce are very unique, no other known species of frog has a similar call, and this was indeed one of the traits that we used for the justification of it being a completely new species,” he said. “But because the call is so different – a long metallic whistle that sounds more like an insect than most other frogs – it “could have played a role in its going undetected prior.”

I have to admit, the Hyalinobatrachium dianae really does look like Kermit the Frog.

James Vanderhoff
James Vanderhoff is a former editor at http://www.popcrunch.com

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