New species of dart frog discovered in Colombia
Thursday, August 30, 2007
The new species, dubbed the 'golden frog of Supatá', is 2cm (0.8 inch) long and has a range of just 50 acres (20 hectares), which is believed to be the reason why the frog remained undiscovered until now.
The frog was found in February during an expedition arranged by the Conservation Leadership Program (CLP), a nonprofit organization, but the discovery has only just been announced.
However, according to Giovanni Chaves, a biologist from the CLP, the frog is in imminent danger. "This frog exists in a little fragment of cloud forest that is under intense anthropogenic pressure, mainly the destruction of the forest for cattle-raising and agriculture," he said.
"This discovery allows us to know a little more about the ecology of these beautiful animals, and it will also allow us to use it as a symbol to carry out campaigns of environmental education in this area, to show the need to protect and to conserve the fauna and flora of this region of Colombia."
Colombia has one of the richest diversities of amphibians in the world, with more than 583 known species.
- Blake de Pastino. "Photo in the News: "Golden" Poison Frog Discovered" — , August 30, 2007
- Adapted from a Conservation International press release. "New Golden Frog Discovered In Remote Region Of Colombia" — , August 29, 2007