Newly discovered frog species named after Led Zeppelin

This frog is getting a whole lotta love.

Scientists who discovered a new frog species in the misty mountains of Ecuador have named the tiny amphibian after Led Zeppelin, the Guardian reported.

The small, coppery-eyed frog is part of the pristimantis genus, which consists of nearly 570 species, many found along the South American mountain range.
The small, coppery-eyed frog is part of the pristimantis genus, which consists of nearly 570 species, many found along the South American mountain range.
David Brito-Zapata & Carolina Re

Pristimantis ledzeppelin — which translates to “Led Zeppelin’s Rain Frog” — was found in the Andes Mountains last year by scientists David Brito-Zapata and Carolina Reyes-Puig.

Map of Andes Mountains.
The rock band-related frog was found in the Andes Mountain, a mountain range in South America that’s over 4,000 mile long.
David Brito-Zapata & Carolina Re

“The name honors Led Zeppelin and their extraordinary music,” the two researchers said in the Neotropical Biodiversity Journal, which first reported their findings.

“Led Zeppelin was a British rock band formed in London in 1968, and progenitors of both hard rock and heavy metal,” they rambled on.

The small, coppery-eyed frog is part of the pristimantis genus, which consists of nearly 570 species, many found along the South American mountain range.

Scientists believe the Zeppelin frog likely exists only in the remote Cordillera del Condor in Ecuador near the Peruvian border.

They also urged that the new species be protected — lest they be trampled under foot.

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