A newly discovered frog species

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The Atlantic coast leopard frog was discovered in 2009 on Staten Island and confirmed as a new species through DNA evidence in 2012. Image from http://nysparksnaturetimes.com/2014/09/30/spotting-the-leopard-frog/

The Atantic coast leopard frog, also called the coughing frog because of its very distinctive call, was recently confirmed as a new species. It was discovered not in the Amazon or a remote Louisiana swamp but on Staten Island, of all places, and it’s believed to be present throughout our area.

A citizen science program is underway to determine the species’ range. If you’ve got a smartphone, you can participate. A great reason to get out into the woods and investigate a vernal pool this spring.

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