Scientists found the diminutive Hall’s water frog, named for the American researcher and collector Frank Gregory Hall who discovered the species in 1935, in a tiny hot spring oasis near Ollagüe, Chile, according to Reuters.
The discovery, scientists told Reuters, prompted a mad rush to confirm that the so-called ghost species was indeed the same one Hall had discovered decades ago.
“We asked the museum where Hall’s [discovery] is registered. … They sent us photographs of the larvae, photographs, comparisons, drawings,” César Cuevas, a researcher with the Catholic University of Temuco, told CNN. Cuevas called on added protection of the frog’s habitat saying:
“These animals are strictly aquatic. In just five minutes out of the water, they die.”
The journal Zootaxa published the tale of the rediscovery this year.
With Post Wires