Beautifully colored treefrog identified in Northern Australia

Main report: A New, Brightly-Colored Treefrog Revealed in Northern Australia
(Australia Museeum)
Other Reporting: ABC News (Australia)
Scientific Paper: Zootaxa    (Plazi Treatment)
New Taxa: Litoria bella
Common Name: Cape York Graceful Treefrog
Species named for: bella (Latin), meaning pretty or lovely,
Categories: Amphibians | New Species
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Suatrlian researchers have discovered a new species of green treefrog in Australia – with distinctive orange hands and feet and iridescent purple inner thighs.  The beautifully colored frog had escaped scientific scrutiny because it had been mistaken for a southern relative, which is commonly heard calling after rain in spring and summer.

 

 

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