SA prof discovers new frog

2012-07-06 22:10

Cape Town - University of the Western Cape herpetologist, Prof Alan Channing, has discovered a new frog species from Namaqualand.

Channing used knobbly bumps beneath its "hands" as well as DNA differences to describe the species, named Breviceps branchi.

"Compared to related species branchi has a lot more tubercles under the hands and significant DNA differences," he told News24.

Channing's findings were recently published in the international taxonomic publication Zootaxa.

The new species is commonly known as the Diamond frog because it was found in an area where diamonds have been mined for centuries.

The frog has not yet been assigned a conservation status due to insufficient data but Channing believes they may be threatened by mining activities, as a lot of its habitat has been disturbed.

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  • nwayne54 - 2012-07-06 22:35

    As a Stellenbosch student it always makes me happy to see that UWC continues to show brilliant progress and publish world class research without the funding some other universities receive.

      Sobholenyoni - 2012-07-08 01:19

      As an ex UCT student I am also happy that UWC is making waves in the Research arena. Well done to the Prof

  • jacob.molife - 2012-07-07 08:42

    The frog may not be necessarily, 'new'. Rather it is the discovery.

      stirer.kathray - 2012-07-08 09:34

      Heh heh! It's the same thing in different packaging - now available at Pick n Pay and Checkers and other fine stores.

  • jacob.molife - 2012-07-07 08:43

    The frog may not be necessarily, 'new'. Rather it is the discovery.

      thembisile.jiyane - 2012-07-07 20:03

      Kyle if u knw wat Discovery means i think u wouldnt be saying dat dope

      stirer.kathray - 2012-07-08 09:35

      How about "Newly discovered species of frog"?

  • des.cider - 2012-07-09 16:02

    In today’s Frog News, there is an article about a frog that discovered a new specie of professor called a herpetologist.

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