This newly discovered species of frog in Costa Rica looks exactly like Kermit the Frog from the Muppets and we're officially obsessed with him.
This species of glass frog unfortunately doesn't have a name that's as easy or fun to say as "Kermit." In fact, we're not even sure we CAN pronounce the name - Hyalinobatrachium dianae. We'll just stick with 'the frog that looks EXACTLY like Kermit.'
Seriously, though, look at those eyes...he is the living, breathing version of Kermit!
In case you're interested in the scientific aspect of Kermit's doppelganger, the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center shared the following info:
Pretty exciting stuff!
We would like to share the exciting news about a newly discovered and described species of glassfrog, Hyalinobatrachium dianae, from the Caribbean slopes of Costa Rica. The authors (Brian Kubicki, Stanley Salazar, and Robert Puschendorf) distinguished H. dianae from other glassfrogs due to its unique combination of morphological characteristics, advertisement call, and genetic distance. This new species was described from six specimens collected at three different sites along the Caribbean slopes of Costa Rica between 400 to 900 meters above sea level.Hyalinobatrachium dianae was named in honor of the senior author's mother Janet Diane Kubicki. With the addition of H. dianae, Costa Rica is known to have 14 glassfrogs inhabiting its tiny national territory! The last time a new glassfrog was described from Costa Rica was back in 1973.
Now where is the real-life Missy Piggy?!