Rare royal honour: Frog named after The Prince of Wales

The Ecuadorian stream frog Credit: Chester Zoo/PA Wire

An Ecuadorian stream frog has been named 'Hyloscirtus princecharlesi' in honour of the the Prince of Wales.

The unusual honour has been bestowed on the heir to the throne by a conservation organisation in recognition of his efforts to help safeguard the world's rainforests.

The brown-coloured amphibian with large orange blotches was discovered by Ecuadorian scientist Dr Luis A Coloma four years ago among preserved museum specimens.

The academic took part in an expedition to a national park in his homeland and found three live adults and some tadpoles.

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The Prince was presented with a commemorative gold medal along with the brown and orange frog replica by the Ecuadorian scientist who discovered the amphibian.

Charles said: "I'm very touched. It's very nice.

"I have a lump in my throat, it must be a frog.

"That's wonderful, I will treasure that," he said about the glass frog.

"I shall battle even harder now."

Amphibian Ark, which works to ensure the survival of endangered frogs, newts and salamanders, decided to name the new species after Charles.