Recently, a frog living in the headwaters of Rio Cano in Panama grabbed the attention of the researchers when they observed its unique characteristics. The sample was demonstrated by the researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Universidad Autonoma de Chiriqui, Panama and Universidad de los Andes, Colombia.
“We already knew that these frogs were present in Rio Cano for several years, though, we were not sure enough that it was the only variety of poison dart frog species named as Oophaga pumilio. This specie show marvelous color variation. On the basis of morphological characteristics of Oophaga pumilio, I think of them as a new species of Andinobates,” Smithsonian herpetologist Cesar Jaramillo stated.
It happened just after Professor Andrew Crawford at the Universidad de Los Andes, who examined the DNA of orange color Oophaga pumilio and confirmed that it’s a new species of poisonous dart frog know as Andinobates. More detailed information regarding the poisonous frogs genetics are available at the Barcode of Life Data System and in GenBank.
Regrettably, after the revelation of this frog species, there seems a major threat to their existence because of habitat loss and gathering of frog species for pet trade. In this scenario, the researchers recommended to formulate particular conservation plans in order to save the specie.
Recent news release revealed that, “Researchers have included geminisae in its confined breeding plan of the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation project. A group of 6 zoos along with research institutions are especially devoted for saving of Amphibians from the chytrid fungal disease that is devastating amphibians all over the globe.”