The City of Gold(en Frogs)
“The Spaniards assumed Colombia’s wealth was its gold, but today we understand that the real riches of the country lie in its biodiversity.”
These are words spoken by Andrew Crawford, a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) who recently was part of a team who discovered a new frog species in the cloud forests of the high Andes in Colombia. The team named the new pale-gold frog species, Pristimantis dorado, for its skin color, but to also celebrate the famed City of Gold, El Dorado.
To read more about the Pristimantis dorado and Colombia’s species diversity read EurekAlert!’s article here.