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.
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.
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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