Finding three new species in such a short space of time speaks to the incredibly rich biodiversity of these relatively unexplored forests and highlights their importance for conservation. Protecting these habitats into the future will be essential to ensure the survival of both the amphibians and the benefits that they bring to ecosystems and people, said Conservations International's amphibian conservation specialist Robin Moore.
Shown here, a new beaked toad species.
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This funny-looking toad skips the tadpole stage and instead lays its eggs on the forest floor. The toad's color and head shape make it resemble the dead leaves on which it lives. Finding these new species was a group discovery made by Conservation International (CI), the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG), Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) and Fundación ProAves.
When describing one of the new species, the beaked toad shown here, Conservations International's amphibian conservation specialist Robin Moore described it as "easily one of the strangest amphibians I have ever seen. Its long pointy snout-liked nose reminds me of the nefarious villain, Mr. Burns, from The Simpsons television series."
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