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A new species of leopard frog has been discovered in New York City and the nearby regions, but the scientists say they are facing extinction.
The researchers said that the new frog species was found in a metropolitan Northeast area in the NYC. They analysed at the acoustic and genetic data in order to characterize the new frog, called Rana kauffeldi.
Calling the discovery as remarkable, study researcher Jeremy Feinberg from Rutgers University said, “The discovery completes a journey that began six years ago with a simple frog call in the wilds of New York City.”
Feinberg also hailed the combined use of the modern bioacoustic and molecular techniques and the traditional field methods in the incredible discovery, saying both the techniques together become very powerful tools.
The study detailed that the range up to which the new frog species is extended is both north and south of the New York City and up to the coastal regions.
“The new species follows a narrow and largely coastal lowland distribution from central Connecticut toward northeastern North Carolina,” the researchers noted.
Feinberg said that this is the third new frog species to be found in north of Mexico since 1986.
Based on the study’s findings, the researchers said that the new species probably existed in primarily open-canopied wetlands, spreading through upland patches.
The study also carried a bad news with it as several evidences suggested that the new frog species is on the brink of extinction as they are struggling with huge habitat loss, threatening their existence entirely.
According to the researchers, the new study provided evidence for the fact that the new species can be unearthed even from the highly-documented regions and metropolitan cities countrywide.
While concluding the findings of the study, the researchers wrote in eh abstract, “This discovery is unexpected in one of the largest and most densely populated urban region of the world. The findings also demonstrate that new vertebrate species can be uncovered periodically even in well-studied locales rarely linked with undocumented biodiversity.”
The findings were detailed in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on October 29.