The newly discovered green frog has such translucent a skin that one can see its internal organs on the underside of its body.
The new species of frog was named Hyalinobatrachium dianae and is a member of the glass frog family that only lives in some regions of Central and South America.
The researchers have discovered so far six specimens that belong to this species of glass frogs, deep in the tropical forests of Costa Rica.
This particular species of glass frog differs from other species mostly because of its skin texture, its color and the sounds it makes.
The new species of frog was discovered by a team of zoologists that work at the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Centre.
The researchers detailed their findings in a study published online in the journal Zootaxa.
According to the zoologists, the frog has a bright green coloring on top of its body and researchers were able to study the way its internal organs are arranged because of the transparency of the frog’s skin.
The researchers wrote in their study that the frog’s bulbous liver and its digestive organs are covered with a thin white peritonea.
The amphibian’s heart, as well as the ventral vein, is blood red in color. The lungs are transparent and have a network of blood vessels through it; the frog’s gallbladder is of a transparent yellowish color, the researchers wrote.
The scientists named the new species of frog Hyalinobatrachium dianae after Janet Diane Kubicki, the mother of one of the lead authors of the study, Brian Kubicki.
Also, the frog was named after the Roman goddess of the hunt, woodland and wild animals, Diana.
The authors explained that they’ve named the frog after the goddess Diana because they also had to “hunt” on their expedition among the mountainous forests of Costa Rica, in order to understand the amphibian species that lived within.
According to the zoology experts, glass frogs are very hard to spot because they tend to live among vegetation that is high above the streams, where the topography is extremely tough to navigate.
The previous species of glass frog was discovered in Costa Rica in 1973.
Experts believe that these frogs are not in any danger of extinction, mostly because there are very few roads that lead to the regions the frogs inhabit.
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