As per reports, it has been revealed that a group of scientists from the US has found a new species of frog. Evolutionary biologist Cathy Newman said that the discovery was a surprise for her as well as for her colleagues.
She narrated her story of discovery, and she was of the view that she asked her collaborators in New Jersey to collect tissue samples of the southern leopard frog. In turn, she got to know about a total new species of frog.
Joanna Burger, a University professor in the Division of Life Sciences who helped Cathy in discovering the new species, said that this new species might be present in the community for a long time. However, they missed an opportunity to detect them.
The new species of frog has entirely different set of genes and is brown color and a distinct mating call. The frog closely resembles with leopard frog so there are chances that it’s the reason why they missed an opportunity to detect this new specie.
One of the things which amazed scientists was that the frog was found in an urban environment, which is not all the breeding environment for frogs. They will need to do conduct a further research in the matter, said Burger.
“In cities, you don’t have a lot of biodiversity. You have malls and parking lots and people and Yankee Stadium, which are in the center of the species range”, affirmed Burger.
Cathy said that for a long time they have been witnessing a scarcity of frogs in the country. Some of the places where frog species can be found are New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. She further affirmed that they need to take care of the species as otherwise they can soon enter in the list of endangered species.
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