The Kermit Frog

This frog is a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog, but is it real?

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It’s real!  While it looks like the international Muppet celebrity, this frog is actually a newly discovered species from the Caribbean slopes of Costa Rica.  Founder of the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center, Brian Kubicki who discovered the frog named it after his mother:  Diane’s Bare-hearted glass frog (Hyalinobatrachium dianae).

Like all glass frogs, it has a translucent belly which shows off its internal organs, which is still a big mystery for scientists.

According to National Geographic, ‘Glass frogs, found in Central and South America rain forests, live high in tree canopies near streams and creeks, descending when it’s time to breed. The glass frog’s name originates from its translucent, organ-revealing bellies. Their green coloration, on the other hand, helps the nocturnal frogs stay camouflaged on the undersides of leaves during the day.’

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Besides looking super cool and cute, Kermit frog Diane’s Bare-hearted glass frog also has a distinctive call.  “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,” and it “could have played a role in its going undetected prior,” Kubicki stated.

Officially introduced to the world in the February 19th Zootaxa journal, it went mostly unknown until people began to see its resemblance to Kermit.  This is the first new species of glass frog discovered in Costa Rica since 1973.

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