Kermit Not Happy on Discovery of its look-alike

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So now we know that we have a Kermit like frog in real. It is found in the Costa Rican rainforest, Muhammad Ashan reports for Biotech Wired. Brian Kubicki has been studying amphibians in Costa Rica for around 17 years. He dedicated thousands of hours to fieldwork in the country’s tropical rainforests but he didnt expect that he would discover a celebrity frog in the process.

“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. “it could have played a role in its going undetected prior.”

The frog was found in poorly studied sites that has usually irregular activity. It made very difficult to find it earlier as researchers always missed it on the nights they went on looking.

“This new species was described from six specimens collected at three different sites along the Caribbean slopes of Costa Rica between 400 to 900 meters above sea level,” officials at the research center recently wrote in a press release.

“Being green is easy compared to being transparent. I thought that I blended in with so many other ordinary things. And that people tended to pass me over ’cause I wasn’t standing out like flashy sparkles in the water or stars in the sky. But when you’re transparent, folks really look right through you. It’s almost like you’re invisible …. which might come in handy around Miss Piggy. I take it back. I want to be transparent.” Kermit said.

Kermit was no doubt jealous with the frog that it has translucent skin that allows its viewers to have a look inside.

“She’s jealous,” Kermit said. “Not about me being involved with another frog, she’s just jealous that this new frog is getting more publicity than her.”

Here’s a video with the man who discovered the IRL Kermit species, who stupidly thinks we care about the eco-system of Costa Rica more than animals that look like Muppets.

For the original report go to http://www.biotechwired.com/science/kermit-not-happy-on-discovery-of-its-look-alike/17651/

See our earlier post: New species of amphibian in Costa Rica

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