Frog Species Pristimantis educatoris
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Frog Species Pristimantis educatoris

January 3, 2011
New frog species Pristimantis educatoris, discovered in 2010 in the Coclé Province of Panama. The new frog (one of two, newly identified species), from Omar Torrijos National Park, resembles a common frog, but larger. Round finger and toe pads proved it to be a different and unknown species.

The frog was discovered by Andrew J. Crawford, an assistant professor in the department of biological sciences at the University of the Andes, Colombia, and a research associate with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. At the time, Crawford was working on unrelated research as a National Science Foundation-supported international fellow (under grant INT 00-76196).

More recently, Crawford has been working on a project to save Panama's frogs from the fatal disease chytridiomycosis. Highly contagious, chytridiomycosis has devastated frog species worldwide and is believed to be at least partially responsible for some 100 extinctions of amphibians. (Date of Image: May 2003) [See related image Here.]

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