It seems that nature truly never ceases to amaze us! Usually, it is science that bases its ideas on nature and brings new inventions to life. It appears that for the first time , something that science brought to life through animation and perfected puppets (namely the adorable household sweetheart, Kermit the Frog) has come into the real world!
Scientist Brian Kubicki discovered the Kermit lookalike in the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica. It appears that the flesh and bone Kermit has been able to elude previous research conducted by the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center with the help of its cunning advertisement call. Its metallic sharpness makes this call sound like one made by an insect, rather than an amphibian. It looks as if the real Kermit shares its animated twin’s talent for disguises.
It was the particularity of this small amphibian’s matting call that made researchers conclude that they had an entirely new species. By its scientific name, Hyalinobatrachium dianae , this animal is a small green frog, much like its famous doppelganger. With one inch in length, the minute amphibian amazes with its bright green skin and big eyes.
H.dianae is a glass frog, meaning that is has translucent skin, and this is why this species has visible abdominal organs. Glass frogs are a rare sight, found in certain parts of Central and South America. Mr. Kubicki says that the discovery of small H.dianae is actually a good sign, as its presence “is a good indicator of the general health of the eco-system” of the region.
With six Kermit the Frog lookalike specimens found so far, Mr. Kubicki and his group of researchers published their glass frog study in this year’s February issue of Zootaxa. He feels absolutely thrilled about all the attention that his celebrity doppelganger has brought H.dianae, as he is confident that this glass frog superstar will help raise awareness on the amazing amphibian population living the Costa Rica tropical rainforests, thus making it appealing to continue studying them an preserving their natural habitat.
H.dianae’s propularity has reached such heights that speculations have surfaced on whether there is a connection between the small frog and spunky swine females. It seems that the world can’t get enough of the Muppets coming to life and the question on everyone’s mind is : who will be next? While Fozzie doesn’t stand a chance, the obvious favorite is Miss Piggy.
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