Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Creature 308: Rana kauffeldi

Not where you would expect to find a new amphibian

Rana kauffeldi is a type of leopard frog with no common name, and nothing particularly attention grabbing distinguishing it from other leopard frogs.

So what makes it bizarre? It was found on Staten Island, New York, 2008. Not exactly the unexplored jungles of Borneo and possibly one of the last place in the world you would expect to find a new vertebrate species.

It was first collected on Staten Island but can be found from Conneticut to North Carolina.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Ranidae
Genus: Rana 
Species: Rana kauffeldi 

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