This recently discovered frog looks more like a splatter painting than a real animal. But it is real! Part of a genus of true toads known as “harlequin toads,” this little neon guy was discovered on the Nassau Plateau in Suriname in 2006.
Scientific name: Atelopus hoogmoedi nassaui
Habitat: Suriname, South America
Size: small (let me know if you find a number– I couldn’t!)
Conservation status: could be threatened by illegal gold mining
Because this frog is comparatively recently discovered, there is not really a consensus as to what to call it. Other names include the Purple Harlequin Frog, the Fluorescent Purple Harlequin Frog, etc.
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