He hadn't been seen in 18 years. It is a rare species of frog with translucent skin. It is native to central and South America and has just been seen in Bolivia. They are called "Cochran's crystal frogs." Three copies of these were discovered by environmentalists earlier this month. The magical find took place in a Bolivian national park.
Why are they told crystal frogs?
The tiny amphibians weigh only between 70 and 80 grams and measure between 19 and 24 mm. And they are called »glass frogs» because of translucent skin. You can even see the internal organs through the belly. Some copies have it so transparent that it even allows you to appreciate the heart … beating. Those that were discovered in Bolivia have white chests. Cochran frogs inhabit the rainy mountain forests, mainly in the Andes.
The finding occurred east of Cochabamba. A team of researchers from the Alcide d'Orbigny Natural History Museum carried out a rescue mission for reptiles and amphibians. Its habitat is threatened by a hydroelectric project.
«The rediscovery of this species gives us a ray of hope for the future of crystal frogs. It is one of the most charismatic amphibian groups in the world. ”Ecologists Rodrigo Aguayo and Oliver Quinteros said it.
Saving the species
The three frogs were transferred to the K’ayra Amphibian Conservation Center of the Alcide d'Orbigny Natural History Museum. Scientists hope to achieve their reproduction.
«It is here that in addition to knowing more about its characteristics and natural history, it is intended to achieve reproduction ex situ (outside their natural habitat). We seek its subsequent repopulation, as part of a conservation strategy, ”the researchers said.
Bolivia, and the rest of Latin America, has some of the richest ecosystems on the planet. According to the Convention on Biological Diversity, it is on the list of the 15 most biodiverse countries in the world. At least 24 new species have been discovered in the country since 2014.
But many species, including Cochran frogs, are threatened by the destruction and degradation of their habitat. Other famous frogs are also found in the K’ayra Center. There is Romeo, who became known as "the loneliest frog in the world." Before meeting Juliet and four other Sehuencan frogs that were discovered last year, Romeo was the last known specimen of her species.
Museum specialists are trying to reproduce the couple, but so far they have not been successful. It would be very sad for the species to disappear. Let's cross our fingers so it won't be like that!