Chocolate frog found in New Guinea

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A new chocolate frog has been found in New Guinea.

The new specieis of frog has been named Litoria mira.

An Australian scientist, Steve Richards, discovered the new frog. He is a a frog specialist at the South Australian Museum and spotted the cocoa-coloured creature in 2016.

To the untrained eye, Litoria mira looks almost identical to the Australian green tree frog. However, the new frog has beautiful glossy brown skin. It is the closest relative of the Australian green tree frog.

Genetic analysis shows the Litoria mira has evolved to become genetically distinct to the point where the two species would not be able to breed. The chocolate frog is also a little smaller than the Australian green tree frog.

Richards has discovered over 200 species of frog throughout his lifetime.

A research paper about the frog has been published in the Australian Journal of Zoology.

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  1. People eat fried frog legs for breakfast so these ones might taste like chocolate so very yummy yum

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