From Science, Space & Robots:
Newly Discovered Rain Frog Named After Sleeping Beauty Mountains
Posted on August 11, 2016
A new species of rain frog has been discovered in the premontane forests of the Peruvian central Andes. The frog has been named after the Sleeping Beauty mountains. This is the local name for the mountains where the frog lives. The Bella Durmiente (Sleeping beauty) mountain chain … is named for its resemblance to a sleeping woman.
The frog’s scientific name is Pristimantis pulchridormientes. “Pulcher” is Latin for beautiful and “dormientes” means sleeping. The common name for the new frog species is Sleeping beauty rain frog.
The frog has bright-red groins, shanks and thighs. It has a yellowish-brown body. The frog was discovered and described by Drs German Chavez, Centro de Ornitología y Biodiversidad (CORBIDI), and Alessandro Catenazzi, affiliated with both CORBIDI and Southern Illinois University.
Dr. Chavez says in the announcement, “When we heard the chorus of males, first thought was: such a strange call! When we saw this amazing frog, we knew that it is a new species. No other frog has that bright red colour on rear limbs!”
More than one edible frog in the pond just outside the hide.
The Internet side of the hide mentions common frogs living here. This species hatches earlier, in spring, than edible frogs, which are for the first time in this pond in this 2016 summer.
Sometimes, frogs sat on the bank, watching their mirror image in the pond.
Then, they jumped back in the water again.
Kingfishers sometimes visit the pond, but not when we were there on 10 June. Maybe there is more chance of seeing a kingfisher earlier in the year, when the frogs are in the tadpole stage and are easier to catch.
On 10 June, we often saw bank voles drinking at the pond and running around.
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Kate Travis, 7:00am, October 21, 2016: here.