New frog species from Panama will turn your fingers yellow28/05/2012 14:58:51 New species of rain frog from Panama
May 2012. A new bright yellow frog species has been found in the mountains of western Panama. The frog belongs to a species-rich group of frogs, the so called rainfrogs that lack a tadpole stage, but develop directly as little frogs inside the egg.
Just 2cms long
"Although we recognized that the male mating call of this species differs from all that we had heard before and therefore suspected it to be new, much effort was involved to finally spot it in the dense vegetation", said Hertz. "When we finally caught the first individuals by hand, we noticed that it dyes one's fingers yellow when it is handled. The scientific name (Diasporus citrinobapheus) of this new frog refers to this characteristic and means yellow dyer rainfrog."
To assure the validity of the frog as a new species, the biologists studied body structure, colouration, molecular genetic data, and vocalizations of a series of individuals, and compared the results with the data derived from closely related species.