One of the world’s most spectacular frogs has been identified as a new species after 20 years of painstaking research at The University of Manchester.
Amphibian conservationist Andrew Gray, Curator of Herpetology at Manchester Museum, has named the creature Sylvia’s Tree Frog, Cruziohyla sylviae, after his three-year-old granddaughter.
The large colourful tree frog has remained under the radar of zoologists for almost 100 years.
Sylvia’s Tree Frog, Cruziohyla sylviae, was originally collected in Panama in 1925 but has been confused with the Splendid Tree Frog, Cruziohyla calcarifer, ever since.
Less than 50 specimens are known of that species and less than 150 specimens of Sylvia’s Tree Frog are recorded.
Andrew officially describes the frog as a separate species in the top zoological journal, Zootaxa.