A new species of leopard frog that was originally discovered in the 1930s but was discounted by scientists at the time has been discovered hiding in p
A new species of leopard frog that was originally discovered in the 1930s but was discounted by scientists at the time has been discovered hiding in plain sight in New York and New Jersey. The frog, the Atlantic Coast leopard frog (Rana kauffeldi) is unique from the southern and northern leopard frogs in the region in that its call is different from the other two leopard frogs found in the vicinity. The Atlantic Coast leopard frog’s call has been described as sounding like a groan or a cough, rather than a sound typical of leopard frogs. In addition, genetic analysis of the species confirmed that it is indeed a new species.
The frog, Rana kauffeldi, is named after the ecologist who first discovered the frog in 1937, Carl Kauffield. At the time, other scientists dismissed Kauffield’s find. The naysayers were obviously incorrect in their assessment.
The frog has been found in Delaware river marshlands, the Delaware Bay, areas of New Jersey’s Atlantic coastline, Cape May Point State Park, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, and the New Jersey Meadowlands and on Staten Island in New York.