Watch its heat beat and count its bones while its still alive-the glass frogs

Three glass frogs of the Nymphargus, Cochranella and Centrolene genera were discovered in the hills of Tacarcuna, a mountainous area in Colombia. Glass frogs are so named because if you look up at the frog from the belly side you often can see the frog’s ribs,and watch its heart beating. the glass frogs can be identified by the bones observable through their skin!

Two species of rain frogs (Pristimantis genus) potentially new to science were discovered in the hills of Tacarcuna, Colombia. During three weeks, scientists identified around 60 species of amphibians. Credit: © Conservation International Colombia, photo by: Marco Rada
(See links below for more images.)2009_02_02t135156_450x430_us_amphibians1The “new” amphibians included spiky-skinned, orange-legged rain frog, three poison dart frogs and three glass frogs, named for their transparent skin.

“The potentially new species of amphibians include three glass frogs of the Nymphargus, Cochranella and Centrolene genus; three poison dart frogs of the Dendrobatidae family (Colostethus, Ranitomeya and Anomaloglossus genera), one harlequin frog of the Atelopus genus, two species of rain frogs of the Pristimantis genera and one salamander of the Bolitoglossa genus,” said CI in a statement. “Colombia holds one of the most diverse amphibian communities in the world, with 754 species currently recorded.”


The scientists called the area a “Noah’s Ark” of wildlife, alluding to both its biodiversity and its importance as a biological bridge between Central and South America.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of YahooNews http://news.yahoo.com/amphibians
Image and text courtesy of Mongabay: frog 3 mongabay.com/costarica/glassfrog

all frog images
http://news.mongabay.com/2009/0203-colombia_frogs.html

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