New Frogs and Toads Discovered by Accident

Beaked toad, genus rhinellaPhoto: Robin Moore Beaked Toad, genus Rhinella

As part of the scientific communities campaign to rediscover lost frogs, researchers went to Columbia and even though they could not find any of the ones they were looking for, they did find three treasures – completely new species to science!

Beaked toad, genus rhinellaPhoto: Robin MooreBeaked Toad, genus Rhinella

This new species of beaked toad is not only strange looking but is believed to skip the tadpole stage. It lays eggs on the forest floor that hatch right into toadlets. The new beaked toad species is well camouflaged to look like the dead leaves it lives under and only two representatives of the species were found.

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