New Species Of Rainfrog Discovered in Panama Jungle

New Species Of Rain frog Discovered in Panama Jungle Named After Greta Thunberg

A new species of rain frog has been discovered in the jungle of Panama. Named after the Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. This species is called Pristimantis gretathunbergae, or more commonly Greta Thunberg rain frog.

The frog was originally discovered in 2012 and was thought to be part of the already classified Pristimantis family.However, recent DNA analysis confirmed that the frog is a new species, according to the scientific journal Zookeys.

The specimen was discovered by an international team of biologists led by Panama's doctor Abel Battista and Conrad Meber (Switzerland) of Sero Chukanti, a private reserve in Darien Province. The new specimen was named after Greta Tambomberg when the nonprofit Rainforest Trust held an auction and the winner was able to name the new species.

The frog was found in a reserve established by the conservation group Adopta Bosque with the support of the Rainforest Trust “Greta more than anyone reminds us that the future of every species on Earth depends on what we do right now to end climate change,” Rainforest Trust CEO James Deutsch said in a press release.

This is also not the first time a newly discovered species has been named in honor of the "School Strike for Climate Action" activist - In 2019, the National History Museum named a tiny new species of beetle after the high-schooler.