New Species Of Rainfrog Named After Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg, a Swedish environmental activist, has been named after a new species of rain frog discovered in the Panamanian jungle.
Abhinaya M

Updated: Jan 22, 2022 05:40:13 pm

22 January 2022 Current Affairs:Greta Thunberg, a Swedish environmental activist, has been named after a new species of rain frog discovered in the Panamanian jungle. 

Highlights:
  • Pristimantis gretathunbergae, or more colloquially, Pristimantis gretathunbergae, is the scientific name for this species.
  • Greta Thunberg, a Swedish environmental activist, has been named after a new species of rain frog discovered in the Panamanian jungle. 
  • Pristimantis gretathunbergae, or the Greta Thunberg Rainfrog, is the scientific name for this species. 
  • The frog was discovered in 2012 and was thought to be a member of the already classified Pristimantis family. 
  • According to the scientific journal Zookeys, recent DNA analysis confirmed that the frog is a new species.
  • An international group of biologists led by doctors Abel Batista of Panama and Konrad Mebert of Switzerland discovered the new specimen of the tropical amphibian in Cerro Chucant, a private reserve in the province of Darién.
  •  It was named after Greta Thunberg after the conservation nonprofit The Rainforest Trust held an auction in which the winner was given the opportunity to name new species. 
  • The frog was discovered at a reserve set up by the conservation organization AdoptaBosque with the help of Rainforest Trust.
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