Researchers from universities in Panama, Brazil, Germany and the Czech Republic have identified a new species of frog in the Cerro Chucantí region of Panama, as published in the scientific journal ZooKeys.
The species, which stands out from the others of its genus for its large black eyes, belly color and a larger head, was named Pristimantis gretathunbergae, honoring the world’s leading Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg.
Other species of frogs in the genus Pristimantis can be found in Central and South American countries – according to the researchers, 13 variations have been found to date in Panama alone.
Scientists warn that the Cerro Chucantí region and the mountains that surround the region, the Majé, are an area that suffers from rapid deforestation, due to the creation of plantations and pasture for cattle.
Naming the new species in honor of Greta Thunberg, an activist who at the age of 19 has already conquered the international scene, can bring the spotlight to this region and help preserve the place.
“As a standout species, this new frog could help preserve the Chucantí forest, including several newly described species known only from this isolated area in eastern Panama,” the scientists said in a paper.
Reference: CNN Brasil