Beautiful new see-through frog puts whole heart on display
The new-to-science Amazonian glassfrog has skin so transparent that its tiny heart can be seen beating in its chest.
The Amazon rain forest is obviously a magical place, made even more so by the spectacular creatures that make it their home.
It’s as if Mother Nature and Dr. Seuss got together and set up a test kitchen there to create an impossible assortment of wonderful organisms.
We’re talking caterpillars that look exactly like snakes, a fungus that eats plastic, and cute little treehoppers straight out of Pokémon, for starters.
Imagine if we had that?
Medical diagnosis and understanding digestion woes would be so much easier!
It is also unique for its singular spotted pattern as well as a long, signature call.
Discovered by a team of scientists led by Dr. Juan M. Guayasamin from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, the description of the new frog, "A marvelous new glassfrog (Centrolenidae, Hyalinobatrachium) from Amazonian Ecuador," is published in the open access journal ZooKeys.
In it, the authors note: "The new species, Hyalinobatrachium yaku sp.
The species name yaku is the Kichwa word for water.