New frog species named Litoria Bella discovered in Australia

Posted on:07 Oct 2016 09:10:18
New frog species named Litoria Bella discovered in Australia
07 October 2016 Current Affairs: A new frog species named Cape York graceful tree frog, scientifically known as Litoria Bella, was discovered recently in Australia’s largest virgin forest in Queensland. The study was published in the journal Zootaxa on 27 September 2016.

The newly discovered species closely resembles the Graceful tree frog (Litoria Gracilenta).

The research and discovery was done by Dr Jodi Rowley, a curator of amphibian and reptile conservation biology at the Australian Museum, along with scientists Keith McDonald, Stephen Richards and Greta Frankham.

The Cape York Graceful Treefrog is known from between Moa Island in the Torres Strait in the north, to about 20 km south of Coen on the Cape York Peninsula in the south.

The southern-most location of the new species is separated by 220 km from the most northern record of the Graceful Treefrog in the Endeavour Valley near Cooktown.

The Cape York Graceful frogs have a near-immaculate green dorsum, bright orange digits, bluish purple thighs and white bones.

They also measure about four centimetres long, which is considered big for the species.

They spend most of their time in the tree canopy and come down to ponds when it rains or during breeding season.

The species was thought to occur all the way from north-eastern New South Wales to northern Cape York Peninsula in Queensland.

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