Expedition uncovers glass frog, ‘E.T.-like’ salamander (video)

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An expedition to an isolated mountain region of southeastern Ecuador claims that it has discovered several new species, including a bug-eyed salamander that bears a resemblance to movie character E.T.

The expedition, conducted by Conservation International, also found a species of transparent frog (glass frog) called Nymphagus chancas during a trip to Nangaritza. The creature had previously been known to live only in one area of northeastern Peru.

Scientists hope the discoveries will force the government of Ecuador to protect the region, which they say also provides clean water to the local people.

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[Via National Geographic]