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Frog Species Pristimantis adnus
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Frog Species Pristimantis adnus

January 3, 2011
New frog species Pristimantis adnus, discovered in 2010 in the Darien Province of Panama. The name of the new frog (one of two, newly identified species) is a Latinized version of the Spanish term for DNA, which is AND, and was chosen by researchers to underscore the usefulness of genetic techniques as they identify new frog species and determine the relationships between tropical frogs that may look very similar.

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.

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.]