The Lucid Amphibian And Other Mysteries Of The Amazon

By Meera Dolasia on July 11, 2009

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The Amazon rain forest has yielded many interesting critters, but these new finds top the list when it comes to unusual animals.

Scientists from Conservation International have come back from an expedition in the Nangaritza Protected Forest in Ecuador with news of 12 previously unknown creatures and a lot of nearly extinct ones too.

Among them is a salamander that resembles E.T., a colorful lizard that looks as if it may spew fire any second, four different types of katydids and a poison dart frog.

And then there's the transparent frog, also called a glass or crystal frog. Hyalinobatrachium Pellucidum as it is known among scientists isn't a newly discovered species, but it is highly endangered.

Endemic to Ecuador, it is about the size of a fingernail when born, but as it grows, it can become as large as a grasshopper. The completely transparent creature has organs that look like red marshmallows placed in clear gelatin. Due to a fungus that is killing frogs all over the world and loss of habitat, it is slowly dying out. Finding it greatly reassured scientists that the glass frog hadn't gone extinct - yet!

The scientists also found some endangered harlequin frogs, as well as, a number of rarely seen species of birds. In times when all we read about is global warming and extinction, it's nice to hear about species actually being found and which can hopefully be saved from disappearing completely.

sources:sciencedaily.com, conservation.org

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  • gogirlThursday, November 14, 2013 at 6:32 am
    this is cool
    • headream100
      headream100Monday, September 30, 2013 at 3:33 am
      Wow! Hey, this is so amazing, why are there only like,16 comments?
      • imdabomb
        imdabombWednesday, March 6, 2013 at 6:57 pm
        That's so awesome!!
        • AveryKMonday, November 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm
          Thats so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          • audreyeFriday, November 4, 2011 at 11:25 am
            this looks pretty weird
            • zoeTuesday, September 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm
              The frog that you can see it's insides is gross.
              • gregSaturday, April 2, 2011 at 6:51 am
                the clear frog you can see the frogs entire body!!!!
                • gothyWednesday, March 2, 2011 at 6:20 pm
                  E.T need to phone home lol
                  • ddddddddddddddddddMonday, January 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm
                    How awesome now we can see what it's body looks like.
                    • miaThursday, November 11, 2010 at 10:44 am
                      that clear frog looks ward

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