SYDNEY, May 28 (Xinhua) – Scientists at Australia’s Griffith University and the Queensland Museum have revealed that a newly discovered chocolate frog, Litria Mira, sheds light on a long-standing relationship between Australia and New Guinea. Friday University.
Tree frogs are generally known for their green skin, but when Paul Oliver, a lead author at the Griffith University Center for Planetary Health and Food Security and the Queensland Museum, saw the gray skin of the new species, he called it the chocolate frog.
“The closest known relative of the Littoria mira is the Australian Green Tree Frog. The two species look alike, one is usually green, while the new species usually has a beautiful chocolate color,” Oliver said.
“We named this new litteria frog species Mira, which means dazzling or unique in Latin because Australia’s famous and common green trees were an amazing discovery in search of wildlife living in the lowlands of New Guinea.”
Steve Richards, co-author of the paper at the South Australian Museum, said researchers thought the species was widespread in New Guinea, but people were disappointed that the species was so hot and swampy. To explore
Much of the territory of Australia and the New Guinea Territory (2.6 million years ago) was connected to land and sharing many biotic elements, New Guinea is now under rainforest and savannah in northern Australia.
Scientists therefore think that it is important to resolve the biotic exchange between these two areas as both the rainy season and the savannah settlement have expanded and shrunk.
“Our study estimates the deviation of new species in the Pliocene (.3..3 million to 2.2 million years ago) there is still contact between the two species in the lowlands of Northern Australia and New Guinea,” Oliver said.
“These results emphasize the boundaries and connectivity of the rainforests and savannah environments in the lowlands of northern Australia and southern New Guinea, and have profoundly changed the region in the latter part of the Paleocene,” he said.