Biologists discover new species of frog in Panama and name it "Greta Thunberg"

An international team of biologists has discovered a new species of frog in a cloud forest in Panama and named it “Greta Thunberg”, in honor of the young Swedish activist and her efforts to combat the climate crisis, it was announced this Monday.

The frog Greta Thunberg (Pristimantis gretathunbergae sp. nov., in the scientific name) belongs to the Rain Frog group of the Pristimantis genus, family Strabomantidae, the biologist and director of the Adopta Bosque association told EFE news agency this Monday. Panama (ADOPTA), Guido Berguido.

The article in which the new species is officially described and named was published this Monday in the scientific journal ZooKeys, published by Pensoft.

The specimen was discovered by an international team of biologists led by scientists Abel Batista, from Panama, and Conrad Mebert, from Switzerland, at Centro Chucantí, a private reserve located in the province of Darién and managed by ADOPTA.

The new frog species “is endemic to Panama, is only reported in the Republic of Panama and lives only in the high mountains of Darién and central Panama.” “That is, in a very restricted habitat and, therefore, it is vulnerable to extinction,” explained Berguido.

The amphibian has black eyes, a unique feature of Central American rain frogs, and its closest relatives inhabit northwestern Colombia, the Panamanian Ministry of the Environment and ADOPTA said.

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