Thursday, August 2, 2012

7000 Kinds of Amphibians!

Not the Peruvian glassfrog, because its photo
is copyrighted.
This is a paperweight frog posing on my carpet.
In celebration of the discovery of the 7000th species of amphibian on our big round wet ball o' Earth, here's a song guaranteed to knock "Call Me Maybe" right out of your noggin: "7000 Kinds of Amphibians" by the Wiggly Tendrils.  


Who keeps track of all those critters? AmphibiaWeb is doing the counting.


And which one is the 7000th? A glassfrog in Peru, Centrolene sabini.


And doesn't that make you feel good--to know that frogs and toads and newts and salamanders are still being discovered? 




                                  

6 comments:

  1. Like your glass frog, if you had put the frog in a flower pot you could have said it was real.

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  2. Shoot, the carpet-leaf was too obvious!

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  3. Yesterday I watched a green heron eat a frog.  It was a little bit of awesome.

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  4. Very cool! I'm glad there are still new discoveries being made....a little bit of mystery is still out there!

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  5. I'd like to know more about the discovery process.  "Oops, there's a new frog"  or one frog tells another frog who bellows to a scientist and hops off in a new direction indicating to the scientist to follow him to see the newest neighbor...or scientists just keep looking.  All in all, pretty amazing.

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  6. I do believe the scientists are specifically looking for new species, and taking careful note of subtle differences that would allow them to shout "Eureka!"

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