This new frog of the Litoria
genus is one of three likely new species of frogs found during a 2008 expedition to Papua New Guinea, Conservation International (CI) announced on March 25, 2009.
The amphibian, whose mating call is loud and ringing—the better to be heard above rushing mountain streams—was discovered in a rain forest in the country's protected Kaijende highlands.
The large forests are home to the Hewa people, whose "intimate knowledge and stewardship" of the forest has kept the land and wildlife untouched, according to research done by William Thomas, an anthropologist at Montclair State University in New Jersey.
"Dr. Thomas's goal is to help the Hewa continue this indigenous stewardship into the next century," said CI's Bruce Beehler, "for the good of these people and the world at large."
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Photograph by Steve Richards, courtesy CI