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New Frog Species in Costa Rica Looks Like a Clone of Kermit

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 09:38 AM

A new frog species discovered this year in Costa Rica is a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog, many say.

According to the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center, the new species of glassfrog, "Hyalinobatrachium dianae," is unique in its "combination of morphological characteristics, advertisement call, and genetic distance" from other frogs.

Brian Kubicki, Stanley Salazar, and Robert Puschendorf collected six specimens of the new glassfrog, and published their findings about it in the journal Zootaxa this February. It is the 14th species of glassfrog identified in Costa Rica.

After his discovery, Kubicki gave the from the common name "Diane's Bare-hearted Glassfrog" in dedication to his mother, Janet Diane Kubicki. Like all glassfrogs, its skin is translucent, and observers can easily see their tiny organs at work.

Many in the news media as well as those on social media have said that the frog looks just like Kermit, noting its bright green hue and large eyes.

Like the famous Muppet, the glassfrog loves to sing — or call, rather.

Instead of "It Ain't Easy Being Green," however, the glassfrog belts out a call that sounds like a metallic whistle. Many say it sounds closer to an insect call than that of a 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," Kubicki, the lead researcher behind the project, told CBS News.



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