Meet Sylvia's tree frog: Affectionate grandfather names new amphibian species after three years of age

Three-year-old Sylvia Beatrice loves frogs and is pretty smart for her age, according to her grandfather.

While most young children would be happy with a toy frog to play with, a three year old girl has had a better one and got her own kind.

Andrew Gray, an amphibian conservationist, had spent 20 years researching the brightly colored frog before discovering it was a new species.

They called him that because of his granddaughter Sylvia Beatrice Gray, three years old.

Three-year-old Sylvia Beatrice loves frogs and is pretty smart for her age, according to her grandfather.

Three-year-old Sylvia Beatrice loves frogs and is pretty smart for her age, according to her grandfather.

Andrew Gray, 54, says that Sylvia was surprised and moved by Cruziohyla sylviae [Sylvia’s Tree Frog], which has a bright orange belly and black bars on its forehead.

He affirmed that the frog is "as beautiful as her" and affirms that the pressure is now on finding two other species to name their other grandchildren.

Andrew discovered the difference between the new species and the Cruziohyla calcarifer, Splendid Tree Frog, after comparing them at the University of Manchester.

Andrew de Chorley, Lancashire, said: "It was amazing to present Sylvia to Sylvia & # 39; s Tree Frog." She realizes that it is something very special.

"She's fantastic, she's as beautiful as her."

"It's a really big species with bright colors that I think she likes." She was a little surprised.

"Sylvia Beatrice is only three years old, so it's a bit difficult to understand, but she loves frogs and is pretty smart for her age.

"She understands a lot about the animals and that species, she is excited about the animals as I used to be.

WHAT IS THE SYLVIA TREE FROG?

The Cruziohyla sylviae was initially confused with the same species as Cruziohyla calcarifer, which was discovered for the first time more than 100 years ago in Ecuador.

Sylvia's tree frog was found in Panama in 1925 and taken to America, under the misunderstanding that it was the same species.

However, Andrew Gray, an amphibian conservationist, spent 20 years researching the brightly colored frog before discovering it was a new species.

"For me, it is something very special and I like to know that one day, when I grow up, I will have an animal that bears his name.

"My son has a little boy, George, and my daughter just had a little girl named Aszouri too, so the pressure is on finding two other whole species now.

"This has taken all my life, so I'm not holding my breath."

Sylvia with the new frog (Sylvia & # 39; s Tree Frog)

Sylvia with the new frog (Sylvia & # 39; s Tree Frog)

Sylvia (left) with the new frog (Sylvia & # 39; s Tree Frog) along with her uncle, Andrew Gray, an amphibian conservationist

The Cruziohyla sylviae was initially confused with the same species as Cruziohyla calcarifer, which was discovered for the first time more than 100 years ago in Ecuador.

Sylvia's tree frog was found in Panama in 1925 and taken to America, under the misunderstanding that it was the same species.

After a trip to Ecuador two decades ago, Andrew discovered the Cruziohyla sylviae and realized that it was different, before devoting the rest of his career to testing his theory.

Andrew said: "The frog itself was first found in 1902 in Ecuador and taken to the British Museum.

"In 1925, someone found one in Panama and took it to the United States.

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They assumed it was the same frog, but never compared them. Both frogs were considered the same species side by side.

There was a confusion. I went to Ecuador and found Sylvia's tree frog 20 years ago and I realized that it was a different species.

"I did a lot more work focusing on this frog species.

"Now we have about eight in the museum, we are the only institution in the world that has both species now.

"There are several different things that indicate that they are different: their DNA, the aspect of them, the peptide in their skin.

& # 39; One has a calker at the end of his elbow, while the other does not.

& # 39; Another different is the size of the ear compared to the eye.

"In the calcarifer, the black bars only go to the middle of the body, while with the sylviae, they go down completely.

"It's hard to guess how many there are in the world, but you're seeing hundreds, instead of thousands."

The incredible discovery has been applauded by the Manchester Museum director, Esme Ward.

After a trip to Ecuador two decades ago, Andrew discovered the Cruziohyla sylviae and realized that it was different, before devoting the rest of his career to testing his theory.

After a trip to Ecuador two decades ago, Andrew discovered the Cruziohyla sylviae and realized that it was different, before devoting the rest of his career to testing his theory.

After a trip to Ecuador two decades ago, Andrew discovered the Cruziohyla sylviae and realized that it was different, before devoting the rest of his career to testing his theory.

Friends in high places: David Attenborough with Cruziohyla Sylviae

Friends in high places: David Attenborough with Cruziohyla Sylviae

Friends in high places: David Attenborough with Cruziohyla Sylviae

Esme said: "It is a real privilege to keep rare frogs in our collection and support the conservation of amphibians throughout the planet.

"This multidisciplinary research highlights the importance of museum collections, where living and historical specimens are helping current taxonomy to make a real difference in shaping the future of wildlife conservation."

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