Researchers Find New Species of Poison Dart Frog in Panama


Researchers have discovered a new species of poison dart frog near the headwaters of the Rio Cano in Panama. The researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the Universidad Autonoma de Chiriqui in Panama, and the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia have discovered a bright orange poison dart frog with a unique call.

The poison dart frogs are small in size, but the newly discovered poison dart frog species is the smallest, measuring only half an inch. But the species must not be underestimated because of its small size because it is as toxic as all other poison dart frogs.

Poison dart frogs fall under the category of threatened species and are basically found in Central and South America. Hunters use poison dart frogs for making blowdarts.

Researchers have named the new species as Andinobates geminisae. The name is inspired from Geminis Vargas, the beloved wife of Marcos Ponce, for providing unconditional support to his studies of Panamanian herpetology. Ponce is one of the co-authors of the study.

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SOURCE: Maine News Online
Betty Laseter

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