Insanely Colorful Frog Species Found 10 Years Ago Declared New Species

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Insanely Colorful Frog Species Found 10 Years Ago Declared New Species

A beautiful new species of frog that was misidentified more than 10 years ago has been deemed a new species by scientists with the University of Kansa

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A beautiful new species of frog that was misidentified more than 10 years ago has been deemed a new species by scientists with the University of Kansas. The frog, Hylarana centropeninsularis was discovered 10 years ago in a pit fall trap set in Peninsular Malaysia by a student of Kin Onn Chan, a doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas.


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Hylarana centropeninsularis

Kin Onn Chan/University of Kansas

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Hylarana centropeninsularis was discovered 10 years ago in a pit fall trap set in Peninsular Malaysia.

The frog was initially mislabeled Hylarana siberu, another species of frog that is native to Sumatra. Both frogs are similar in appearance, with black and orange stripes and yellow spots. Adhering the the United Species Concept, Chan and his colleagues believed that the distance made it improbable that the two frogs were the same species so they conducted genetic analysis on both species and found them to be totally distinct.

Though similar in appearance to Hylarana siberu, Hylarana centropeninsularis sports more rounded spots on its flanks and dorsal side of its limbs and larger spots along its entire upper lip, and light spots on its throat.

The frog, which despite its super bright coloration, is not poisonous. It can be found in peat swamps in Peninsular Malaysia.

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An abstract of the paper can be found on the Bio One website