The first rain frogs discovered in the Amazon Rainforest

6 new species of rain frogs discovered in Ecuador — an unlikely find considering the rain forests’ prime location in Central America. The frogs were discovered in the Carchi National Park, which is located on the Pacific coast in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The discovery was described in a paper in the journal PLOS One on September 11.

The frogs are the first rain frogs discovered in the Amazon Rainforest, bringing the total number known to inhabit the region to 30. They were discovered in 2016, when a team of researchers from the University of Illinois, University of Pennsylvania and the University of Puerto Rico set out on a research expedition to the Amazon rain forest on a two week trip. The team of researchers made their discovery while traveling through the jungle, where rainforest areas tend to be very large, and were surprised to find the frogs in one of the largest rainforests in the world.

“This discovery is truly unique because the rain frogs have survived in the tropical rain forests of Ecuador for so long — this is the first time that frogs have been found in the Amazon and the first time that frogs have been found in the entire Amazon rainforest and its multiple branches,” said the study’s lead author Mark E. Seyfarth, a professor of biology at Illinois and director of the Center for Biofilm Innovation at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

“If you think about it, the entire eastern coastline of North America is covered by rain forests. What’s amazing is that those forests have been around as long as human civilization has existed. Our study is the first time that a group of rain frogs have been found in the entire Amazon rainforest. There are no known rain frogs in the eastern part of the United States, or anywhere else in the world for that matter,” added Seyfarth.

The frogs discovered in Ecuador are the third group of frogs to be added to the family Hylidae, all of which have been discovered in the Amazon. The first was found in the Brazilian Amazon in 1977, and the third was discovered in the Ecuadorian Amazon in 2016.

“This is a wonderful example of rainforest species being discovered at a scale that has never been seen before. The discovery of the rain frogs on the Pacific coast of Ecuador is certainly the discovery

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