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'Missing' frog found again

A PREGNANT frog with see-through skin is one of five "lost" amphibian species recently rediscovered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to National Geographic's report.

First described in 1950, Hyperolius leucotaenius was recently found on the banks of the Elila River in southeastern DRC. The five species were rediscovered during field expeditions which took place between 2009 to 2011.

"Like most of the 'lost' amphibian species, they simply hadn't been seen for many decades, and their status was completely unknown," expedition leader Eli Greenbaum, a biologist at the University of Texas at El Paso, said.

The expeditions were inspired by Conservation International and the International Union for Conservation of Nature's 2010 effort to rediscover 100 "lost" amphibian species globally.


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