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Old 11-04-2014, 01:07 PM   #1
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New frog species discovered in the middle of New York City | MNN - Mother Nature Network


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Feinberg's research team managed to trace the call to what appeared to be a leopard frog, a beautiful species characterized by its leopard-print spots. But DNA analysis later revealed what the frog's croak had hinted at: This was no typical leopard frog. Rather, it was a related, though very distinct species.
The new species has been given the scientific name of Rana kauffeldi, and it is described in the journal PLOS ONE.
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Researchers suspect that New York City is not the exclusive habitat of the new species. It probably also dwells in coastal lowland regions from Connecticut to northeastern North Carolina. But the fact that it has managed to make a home in a city as large and bustling as New York City without anyone noticing before is particularly surprising. The frog favors "open-canopied wetlands interspersed with upland patches," but is apparently also fond of muddy city puddles. It also appears to be a Yankees fan. Several were located hanging out around Yankee Stadium.
New Frog Species Discovered in NYC : Discovery News

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Feinberg and his team, familiar with frog calls, wondered, "What the heck is that?" when they first heard the call, which consists of a short, repetitive croak. The calls of other leopard frogs have been described as sounding like a "long snore" or even a human, throaty laugh.
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Cool...I ways assume new species are found in our of the way, barely explored places...how cool is this.
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Nice find and then I go on to view another vid....the terrible cane toads.
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