Watch: See-through glass frog species under threat of extinction

A species of the glass frog (Hyalinobatrachium dianae), discovered in the Amazonian Lowlands of Ecuador in 2015, is at risk of extinction.

The amphibian has a transparent abdomen that leaves its internal organs visible. Scientists have still not discovered the reason for this pigmentation. "Not all glass frogs have hearts that are visible through the chest. In some, the heart itself is white, so you don't see the red blood," said Paul Hamilton, of US-based organization Biodiversity Group.

The species require pristine streams for their survival. "If the stream dries up, or becomes polluted, the frogs can't survive, and other more resilient creatures may be next," said Hamilton.

The frogs have a peculiar reproduction process. The males scoop up the eggs released by the females with their hind legs and fertilize them. They also guard the eggs from predators.
"Males guard the eggs, which are attached below a tree’s leaves, until they hatch and fall on the water stream below,” said Juan Guayasamin of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador.

 


Updated Date: May 30, 2017 18:59 PM

Also Watch

Watch: The true stories from Dharavi that inspired Rajinikanth's Kaala
  • Thursday, March 8, 2018 Watch: Cyrus Khan talks about Parkour, jumping across walls and why he hates sitting
  • Thursday, May 31, 2018 Unwind: India's basketball sensation Amjyot Singh has his eyes set on becoming an NBA regular
  • Monday, May 28, 2018 First Day First Showsha — Review of Solo: A Star Wars Story in 10 questions
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018 Social Media Star: Rajkummar Rao and Bhuvan Bam open up about selfie culture, online trolls

Also See