New Frog Found in Amazon, Named After Ozzy Osbourne

Nov 10, 2014 | written by:


Its call is nothing like the rest of the frogs in the Amazon, its vocal sac is larger than other frogs, causing it to sound more like a bat than a frog. We are talking about the new .75-inch “bat frog,” which was found by Pedro Peloso and other scientists on their month-long day expedition through Floresta Nacional de Pau-Rosa, a protected area in the Amazon forest.

During the expedition, they found 21 specimen of the frog, all in different locations throughout the Brazilian Amazon. It appears the frog specimen is more common than first led to believe and the lack of proximity between the locations assure these are not threatened to become endangered. However, this discovery still reminds us that there is so much more to discover, and it can all be easily missed if not encountered at the right place at the right time.

So what is the connection with Ozzy Osbourne? Apparently, when the scientists came back from their expedition, there was all talk about the new bat frog at the lab, which then turned into a talk about rock bands and artists. As we’re sure most of you are aware of, in 1982, Osbourne accidentally bit the head off a real bat, thinking it was made of rubber. The connection was made and the new scientific name for this frog is officially Dendropsophus ozzyi. Let’s just hope Ozzy stays away from know, just in case.

Bat Frog

Images by Pedro Peloso and Marcel Sturaro

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