A recent expedition in Bolivia has added two new friends to our repertoire of cool animals: say hello to the beady-eyed 'robber frog' and to the bat with a freakishly long tongue!
The 'robber frog' was first seen during the 18-month 'Identidad Madidi' expedition that began last June in Bolivia's Madidi National Park. This expedition aims to track down the unknown species that live in the Andes mountains, the Amazonian forests, and the grasslands of northern Bolivia.
Check out the video below for more information about this exciting expedition!
The robber frog actually helped the expedition discover him. He made his presence known when he hopped into an expedition crew member's hand. What a way to 'rob' the spotlight!
Similar frogs that have been documented thus far are mainly brown with orange spots, but this specific frog has orange inner thighs, which qualifies it as a new species!
The nectar bat (Anoura fistulata) with a ridiculously long tongue was observed for the first time in the park! This bat was first documented in Ecuador ten years ago and described as having the longest tongue-relative-to-body-size of any mammal. Can you believe this bat can stretch its tongue nearly 3.4 inches to reach into the deepest flowers?! That makes the tongue nearly one and a half times the size of the bat's body and it makes the tongue the longest of any other mammal.
As the expedition continues, more species are being documented for science. ByJuly, team members had counted a total of 462 vertebrate species, including 15 fish species, 5 amphibian species, 11 reptile species, 4 bird species and 25 mammals. Of these discoveries, there are 3 catfish, another frog, and a lizard that are also believed to be new species!
Tell us which of these new species pique your interest in the comments below.
Author: Gal Shyli Dayan