Starry frog rediscovered after thought extinct for 160 years
by Jeremy Hance
In 1853 Edward Frederick Kelaart, a physician and naturalist, collected a strange frog on the island of Sri Lanka then a British colony known as Ceylon. The specimen was a large shrub frog (about 2 inches or 5.5 centimeters long) with black-outlined white specks on lime-green skin. He dubbed it “starry” after its pale specks, but that was last anyone heard of it.
Even the holotype—the body of the amphibian collected by Kelaart—went missing. Fast forward nearly 160 years—two world wars, Sri Lanka’s independence, and a man on the moon—when a recent expedition into Sri Lanka’s Peak Wilderness rediscovered a beguiling frog with pinkish specks…
(Read more: MongaBay)         (photo: L.J. Mendis Wickramasinghe)

Starry frog rediscovered after thought extinct for 160 years

by Jeremy Hance

In 1853 Edward Frederick Kelaart, a physician and naturalist, collected a strange frog on the island of Sri Lanka then a British colony known as Ceylon. The specimen was a large shrub frog (about 2 inches or 5.5 centimeters long) with black-outlined white specks on lime-green skin. He dubbed it “starry” after its pale specks, but that was last anyone heard of it.

Even the holotype—the body of the amphibian collected by Kelaart—went missing. Fast forward nearly 160 years—two world wars, Sri Lanka’s independence, and a man on the moon—when a recent expedition into Sri Lanka’s Peak Wilderness rediscovered a beguiling frog with pinkish specks…

(Read more: MongaBay)         (photo: L.J. Mendis Wickramasinghe)

  1. its-easy-being-green reblogged this from brian-my-left-testicle
  2. my-online-times reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  3. sparkylurkdragon reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  4. still-a-skeptic reblogged this from m-a-t-c-h-a
  5. marconigram reblogged this from m-a-t-c-h-a
  6. bedrooom-eyes reblogged this from m-a-t-c-h-a
  7. m-a-t-c-h-a reblogged this from f-elin
  8. letsplaywithsquirrels reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  9. ralphykun reblogged this from its-a-nice-night-to-die
  10. its-a-nice-night-to-die reblogged this from earthandanimals
  11. petpeeps reblogged this from earthandanimals
  12. britney2boy reblogged this from spookyookywolf
  13. wearetheweirdkids reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  14. fresh-happin3ss reblogged this from l-u-n-gs
  15. somestuffofinterest reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  16. flyingbeds reblogged this from raptorofafeather
  17. raptorofafeather reblogged this from earthandanimals
  18. hippie-evolution reblogged this from earthandanimals
  19. mushmallow62 reblogged this from earthandanimals
  20. just-start-over reblogged this from earthandanimals
  21. live-life-on-a-whim reblogged this from earthandanimals
  22. emodinogirl reblogged this from earthandanimals
  23. musician-swag reblogged this from earthandanimals
  24. arftothearf reblogged this from earthandanimals
  25. accompianedislander reblogged this from earthandanimals
  26. theforever-endeavor reblogged this from weallgotohellsometimes
  27. kellyoleary10 reblogged this from earthandanimals