British Student Discovers New Species Of Tree Frog (Photos)

| by Dominic Kelly

A British student from Bristol University made an amazing discovery while studying forest life on the island of Madagascar.

Samuel Penny, a masters student, was studying amphibians with a group of his peers when he happened upon a frog that made an odd noise.

“This brightly colored tree frog has a distinctive advertisement call so by placing sound recorders at potential breeding sites, I could plot its distribution across a wide area of the Sahamalaza Peninsula,” said Penny. “This also provided detailed information on acoustic variation between individuals and on how its calling pattern changed throughout the night.”

The new species of tree frog, named Boophis ankarafensis, was discussed in a recent paper published in Zoo Keys and co-authored by Penny and a group of scientists from around the world.

(via The Daily Mail)

“Despite its conspicuous call (a triple click, compared to the usual double), Boophis ankarafensis has not been detected from other surveys of northwest Madagascar and it is likely to be a local endemic to the peninsula,” said the researchers. “Although occurring inside a National Park, this species is highly threatened by the continuing decline in the quality and extent of its habitat. Due to these threats it is proposed that this beautiful new species should be classified as critically endangered according to the IUCN Red List criteria.”

Sources: Daily Mail, BBC News, Western Daily Press