Its stunning red eyes caught the attention of researchers, who decided to name a new type of ground frog discovered in the state of Led Zeppelin. Ecuador. Tribute to the British rock band wants to bring the falls closer to the general public.
A Prestimandis ledgebelin It measures 2.4 to 3.6 centimeters and was discovered by Ecuadorian scientists David Brito-Sabada and Carolina Reyes of the Zoological Museum of the University of San Francisco de Quito.
They captured three frog specimens between 2016 and 2019 in the community of Rio Franco in the Amazon province of Zamora Cincinnati, but only this week Research Published in the special issue of “Neotrophic Biodiversity”.
“We are lovers of rock and this band [Led Zeppelin] In particular, “Britto told AFP.
The British band Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham had great success in the 1970s with classics such as “Stairway to Heaven” (1971) and “Whole Lotta Love” (1969).
Reyes, who signed the invention, said the “bright” name was intended to promote the security of the Ecuadorian Andes region, “taking this race as a flag”.
Map identifies the area identified as ‘Prestimantis Ledgebel’ – Photo: Universidad San Juan de Quito
The researcher, who described about 20 types of waterfalls to science in six years of work, said it was the first time they had chosen to give a name that did not refer to something local or Ecuadorian.
Copies Prestimandis ledgebelin They first caught the attention of Brito-Sabada with red eyes.
Although he had seen frogs with this feature before, it also had different colors and sizes. The new species has orange spots, with shades of copper and yellow at the waist.
“This is a very beautiful frog because it has red eyes and its color scheme differs slightly between males and females,” the scientist explained. “It’s so sexy.”
For now, Cordillera du Condor, a mountain range east of the main body of the Andes, is considered a species, and is rich in flora and fauna.
Although more research needs to be done on the ecology of organisms, The Prestimandis ledgebelin It is considered a threat because livestock, agriculture and mining activities are carried out in its habitats.
“In Ecuador, we have many species to describe. This is a race against time because of the threats they face,” Reyes said.