Una nueva especie de rana descubierta en Panamá llevará el nombre de Greta Thunberg

A new species of frog discovered in a Panamanian cloud forest was named in honor of the young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg in recognition of her effort to preserve the environment.

The discovery was made in Cerro Chucantí —a private reserve in the Darien province— by an international team of researchers led by biologists Abel Batista, from Panama, and Konrad Mebert, from Switzerland, who they published this Monday the results of his work in ZooKeys magazine.

As stated in the article, the new species is called ‘Pristimantis gretathunbergae’ and is part of the rain frogs of the genus Pristimantis.

The discovered species “is only reported in the Republic of Panama and It only lives in the high mountains of the Darién and in the Center of Panama. In other words, it has a very restricted habitat and, therefore, is vulnerable to extinction “, precise to EFE Guido Berguido, director of the Adopta Bosque Association, which manages the aforementioned reserve.

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Berguido explained that the new rain frog has black eyes, a unique characteristic among the species of this group of animals in Central America. In turn, the Panamanian Ministry of the Environment explained that the closest relatives of the ‘Pristimantis gretathunbergae’ live in northwestern Colombia.

Both the ministry and Berguido stressed that the habitat of the discovered species is very restricted, so that climate change places it in a situation vulnerable.

And it is that the increase in temperature threatens to destroy its reduced mountainous habitat in an area where in recent years it has already forest area has decreased by 30%.

Lastly, this rain frog could also be affected by the chytrid fungus (‘Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis’), which causes fatal skin diseases of more than 700 species of amphibians. At a global level, this threat has already resulted in the reduction of populations and the disappearance of nearly 200 species.

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