New Frog Species Named After British Prince
The Brothers Grimm fairy story of the Frog Prince has been given a fresh twist involving a British Prince and recently discovered Latin American amphibian.
A rare species of Ecuadorian steam frog has been named after Britain's Prince Charles, a long-time campaigner for the protection of the world's rainforests.
The prince was given the honor at a relaxed ceremony at his country home in Gloucestershire, Highgrove, on Thursday (July 5).
The prominent Ecuadorian biologist who discovered the species, Luis Coloma, was present, along with students attending an environment workshop.
[Luis Coloma, Ecuadorian Biologist]:
"To study frogs has been an adventure. To discover this frog we are now describing in your honor, also has been a scientific adventure.”
Coloma discovered the amphibian in 2008 among museum specimens and subsequently found three live adults on an expedition in an Ecuadorian national park.
The frog will now be known as Hyloscirtus Princecharlesi or Prince Charles Steam Tree Frog.
Prince Charles was presented with a medal and a glass replica of the frog.
[Prince Charles, Prince of Wales]:
"I'm very touched. It's very nice. I have a lump in my throat—it must be a frog."
Prince Charles promotes habitat protection through his organization The Prince's Rainforest Project.