Three New Unusual Frog Species Discovered In Tanzania


New frog species have a tiny range of as little as 10 kms2
October 2010.

Three highly endangered species of frog new to science were recently discovered in the rainforests of Tanzania.

The frogs were discovered during surveys of the northern part of the rainforests of the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania. These peculiar frogs are characterized by very flat faces and a robust, glandular body. They spend most of the daytime hiding in the leaf litter or in tree hollows, then later, at around dusk, climb up vegetation, tree trunks and branches where they spend the night. When disturbed they can secrete a sticky substance, which probably has a defensive function. The group of scientists – from Switzerland, Italy, London and Tanzania – who discovered the new species have recognised them as belonging to the Eastern Arc endemic genus Callulina