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Scientists name new species of rain frog after Greta Thunberg

A new species of rain frog discovered in the Panama forest is named after Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. This species is named Pristimantis Gretathunberge, or popularly known as Greta Thunberg’s Rainfrog. The frog was originally discovered in 2012, and was previously thought to be part of the classified Pristimantis family. However, recent DNA analysis has confirmed that the frog is a new species, according to the scientific journal ZooKeys.

The new specimen of tropical amphibian was discovered by an international team of biologists led by Panamanian doctors Abel Batista and Konrad Meibert (Switzerland) at Cerro Chukanti, a private reserve located in the province of Darien.

It was named after Greta Thunberg when conservation non-profit The Rainforest Trust held an auction that allowed the winner to name the new species. The frog was discovered in a reserve established by the conservation organization Adoptabosk with the support of the Rainforest Trust.

James Deutsch, CEO of the Rainforest Trust, said in a press release, “Greta reminds us more than anyone that the future of every species on Earth depends on what we do now to end climate change. ” species.

Researchers say the tiny frogs are vulnerable to environmental changes and face the risk of extinction. (Source: Konrad Meibert et al./Zookies)

However, this is not the first time a newly discovered species has been named in honor of a “School Strike for Climate Action” activist. In 2019, the National History Museum named a tiny new species of beetle After high school.

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The Greta Thunberg rainfrog has distinctive features that help it to be comfortably recognized by “unusually prominent black eyes, a contrasting pale upper lip, usually a conical to spine-like tubercle on the upper eyelid, and a large head”. .

However, the animal’s name has additional links to its well-known name as climate change threatens its natural habitat, and faces a “continued risk of extinction”. According to the paper’s authors, these small tree frogs are “susceptible to subtle changes in the environment”. The researchers argued that the new species “should be listed as “Vulnerable (VU)” on the IUCN (2018) Global Red List”.

“Cerro Chucanti and the surrounding Maje Mountains are highly threatened by rapid deforestation and have been replaced by plantations and cattle pastures,” the researchers explained. He added: “Pristimantis Gretathunberge Endemic to Panama, but it can occur in Colombia in the mountains near the border.

“As a dominant species, this new frog could help preserve the Chukti Cloud Forest, which includes several recently described species known only from this isolated region of eastern Panama,” he said. , a lot suits the worker. Thunberg has been calling on world leaders to take conservation seriously.


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