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New Giant flying frog Found In Vietnam

J. Rowley is very familiar with discovering new amphibians, she’s helped describe over 10 in her career so far, but she was shocked to discover a new species of flying frog in a less than 100 km from a busy Asian metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City. Unfortunately, the new frog, names Helen’s tree frog (Rhacophorus helenae), may be facing extinction, according to the information published in the Journal of Herpetology.

At just 10 cm , the new species is described as a giant flying frog. Flying frogs don’t actually fly, but what they do is use their webbed feet to glide from one tree to another. Researchers think that Helen’s tree frog went unseen for so long, because it leaves high up in the forest canopy, making it harder to spot.

Rhacophorus helenae

Helen’s tree frog. Photo courtesy of Jodi Rowley.

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