New Species of Frog Discovered in Costa Rica

A new frog species has recently been discovered in Costa Rica’s Talamanca Mountains, a mountain range that lies on the border between Costa Rica and Panama. Diane’s Bare-hearted Glassfrog (Hyalinobatrachium dianae) was distinguished from other glassfrogs due to its unique combination of morphological characteristics, call, and DNA. According to scientist Brian Lubicki, the appearance of the frog is a direct indicator of a healthy ecosystem.

Newly discovered Diane's Bare-hearted Glassfrog bears a striking resemblance to Kermit the Frog. ©Brian Kubicki of the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center (www.cramphibian.com)
Newly discovered Diane’s Bare-hearted Glassfrog bears a striking resemblance to Kermit the Frog. Photo: ©Brian Kubicki of the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center (www.cramphibian.com)

Glass frogs are known for their translucent skin and this species is no exception. For more photos of Diane’s bare-throated glassfrog, click here. This newly discovered frog has been making headlines because its bright green coloring and black-and-white eyes have an undeniable resemblance to Kermit the Frog.

Kermit the Frog.  Photo from Smithsonian National Museum of American History - Wikimedia Commons.
Kermit the Frog. Photo from Smithsonian National Museum of American History – Wikimedia Commons.

In addition to frogs that look like a famous Muppet, Costa Rica’s Talamanca mountain range is home to jaguars, ocelots, tapirs, and the resplendent quetzal, a legendary resident of montane cloud forest.

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