Researchers at the Queensland Museum in Australia have discovered a new and cute frog species in the swamp lowland forests of New Guinea. Known as the “chocolate frog”, it has big cartoon-like eyes and its skin is the color of milk chocolate. This candy-colored amphibian is closely related to the common green tree frog in Australia. Researchers discovered this frog while trying to draw a clearer family portrait for the pedigrees of the green tree frogs on the two islands. Until about 10,000 years ago, Australia and New Guinea were connected by land bridges and housed many animals of the same type, including frogs.

These amphibians, known for their jumping ability and croaking sound, live all over the world and are one of the most diverse animals, with more than 6,000 species. Researchers described this new species for the first time in a study recently published in the Australian Journal of Zoology. These researchers went to New Guinea and found “chocolate frogs” in a hot swamp full of crocodiles.

The lead study author and biologist Paul Oliver of the Queensland Museum and Griffith University told the Queensland Museum Network that once researchers saw this new species, they started calling it “chocolate frog,” but the name was stuck. . Liver added: “What’s surprising about this discovery is that the famous and common green tree frog in Australia has a long-neglected relative who lives in the lowland rainforest of New Guinea. Therefore, we named the new frog Litoria Mira. Because the word’Mira’ means surprise or strange in Latin.”

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Steve Richards, the co-author of the paper, said the researchers believe that the species may be widely distributed in New Guinea. “Although New Guinea is not a place that most Australians are familiar with, many animal groups are shared. Therefore, understanding the biodiversity of New Guinea helps us understand the history and origin of Australia’s unique fauna,” Richards said. Said in a statement.

Jim Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Museum, said that there is still a lot to know about Australia’s biodiversity, and museums play an important role in “description and protection of our natural world heritage.”

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