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Everything You Need To Know About The Newly Discovered Frog That Looks Like Kermit

It has a see-through belly!

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Sorry, Kermit: There might be a new frog in town!

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Researchers in Costa Rica have found a new species of frog called Hyalinobatrachium dianae, and it happens to look a lot like ol' Kermie.

The species in particular comes from the genus Hyalinobatrachium, commonly referred to as glass frogs. Much to Kermit's probable chagrin, glass frogs have translucent bellies that allow you to see their organs.

The glass frog was found in the tropical land of a Costa Rican rain forest.

Brian Kubicki / Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center

Researchers traipsed along its Caribbean slopes and gathered six specimens at three sites, one of which was H. dianae (named after author Brian Kubicki's mother, Janet Diane Kubicki). The study details its unique characteristics, the most notable being its striking lime-green color and black pupils, as well as its call, which the authors describe as a lone, long, whistle-like note.

The country is home to 14 glass frogs in its small area of almost 20,000 square miles, or a little smaller than West Virginia, to compare its size. The last glass frog was found back in 1973, according to the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center.

Like other glass frogs, you can see this little guy's insides.

Brian Kubicki / Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center

As Kubicki wrote in an article for Reptiles magazine, they can be hard to find because of the extremity of their preferred environments in addition to being nocturnal and primarily hanging out in trees along streams.

Hyalinobatrachium is of Greek origin and means "glassy little frog."

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