Frog long thought extinct rediscovered in Israel

Hula painted frog turns out to be the only surviving member of an extinct genus

By Meghan Rosen, 10:53 AM June 4, 2013

A species of frog once considered extinct hasn’t actually croaked.

The discovery of living, breathing Hula painted frogs has allowed the amphibians to hop back onto scientists’ radar, and the orange-speckled animal isn’t quite what researchers thought it was.

When scientists first spotted the painted frog in the 1940s in Israel’s Hula Valley, they classified it as Discoglossus nigriventer for its disklike tongue and unusual black belly. But since 1955, no one had confirmed another sighting. In ...

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