New frog species found in New York City, scientists say (Photo)

By on Mar 15, 2012 in Animals, United States Comments

A new frog species has been reportedly found in the area of New York City recently, as shown in the photo below, which was said to have an unusual croak and has surprised scientists.



New frog species
Image Credit: Bill Curry

As noted by Our Amazing Planet on their official website on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, the newly discovered frog species was mistaken by biologists for years for a more widespread variety of leopard frog.

According to the report, the new frog species, which is still unnamed, has been found living the ponds and marshes of the New York City and sometimes within view of the Statue of Liberty, although evidence show that they were once common in Long Island.

Nevertheless, these newly identified frogs were said to have been found so far in scattered populations in northern New Jersey, southeastern mainland New York and on Staten Island but may have reached some parts of northeastern Pennsylvania and Connecticut..

“For a new species to go unrecognized in this area is amazing. This shows that even in the largest city in the U.S., there are still new and important species waiting to be discovered.” Brad Shaffer, a biologist at UCLA was quoted at OurAmazingPlanet.com.

“When I first heard these frogs calling, it was so different; I knew something was very off,” Jeremy Feinberg of Rutgers University in New Jersey, who is also a member of the study team, reportedly said.

Apparently, biologists behind the study noted that this new frogs have short and repetitive croak instead of the “long snore” or “rapid chuckle” heard from other leopard frogs, although they are notably look alike.

Based on the study of the new frog species, which was published in a recent edition of the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, scientists compared its DNA data to all other leopard frog species in the region and found out that it is indeed a new kind of frog.



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