Sunday, August 30, 2015

New Jersey's new frog

Rutgers student discovers a new species

New Jersey's new frog

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A student scientist from Rutgers University has found a new amphibious species living quietly among us in New Jersey.

Perhaps not so quietly: A distinctive croak led Jeremy A. Feinberg, a PhD candidate in ecology and evolution at the New Brunswick campus, to discover the heretofore unnoticed type of leopard frog.

This rather cosmopolitan creature's known range is “roughly within commuting distance of Midtown Manhattan,” according to the New York Times.

Manhattan, shmattan: As far as I’m concerned the as-yet unnamed frog belongs to New Jersey.

After all, we’re amphibian central, what with our Great Swamp, our Pinelands, and our 71 (make that, 72) species of frogs and toads.

Feinberg had his eureka moment on Staten Island, which is closer and more connected to the Garden State than the Empire State. The young scientist is a student at the state university of New Jersey. And the frog’s habitat extends from Central Jersey through Manhattan and into the city’s Westchester suburbs.

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