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Expedition in Ecuador Reveals Glass Frog

An expedition on the Nangaritza River of Ecuador, near the border with Peru, has uncovered a dozen new or endangered species, including the glass frog.

The Hyalinobatrachium pellucidum is known as a glass or crystal frog because you can see all of its internal organs through its transparent flesh.

The purpose of the three-week biodiversity study was to identify species and make conservation recommendations for ecotourism possibilities.

Other discoveries in the Nangaritza region included what researchers referred to as a “remarkably ugly bug-eyed salamander,” a red poison arrow frog and a frog smaller than a fingernail. A lizard and seven grasshoppers were also among the recently exposed creatures.

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