Thai Scientists Find New Color Changing Species Of Mountain Frog
Posted by Miqe on May 25, 2007
Bangkok, Thailand (AHN) – Researchers in Thailand have found a new species of mountain frog that changes color in respond to its surroundings. Detailing the find during a conference on bio-diversity and climate change in Bangkok Tuesday, researchers expressed fear that the species could be on the risk of extinction due to human activities such as agricultural use of chemicals at high altitudes and tourism.
According to biologists, the frog which is scientifically named as Odorrana aureola can grow to 80 millimeters and has a green body which occasionally turns yellowish brown. The species is unique to country’s the Phu Luang National Park located in forestland bordering three mountainous northeastern provinces, Tanya Chan-ard, the curator of Bangkok’s National Science said in the conference.
According to Tanya, the female frogs are bigger than their male counterparts, but fewer in number, making them especially vulnerable to risk of extinction.
The frog was confirmed as a new species last year after a specimen was sent for further examination to the experts in the U.S.