Meet the SpecuFrog
This blog has been around for several years now, and it's long past time we adopted an official mascot. (Don't ask me why; it just is. Sheesh.)
Anyhow, I nominate this newly discovered South American frog who went to all the trouble of evolving itself into a color scheme highly compatible with the CSS styles used by this blog, not to mention my retro 70's blacklight aesthetic sensibilities. A purple frog is such a good idea that had one not existed, we would have to invent it. This creature has shown a lot of initiative in saving us that trouble.
So without further ado, I give you the Frog of the Future.
The remote area where the frog was found is a veritable cornucopia of biodiversity:
Including the new species, the scientists observed 467 species at the two sites, ranging from large cats like panthers and pumas, to monkeys, reptiles, bats and insects.
Of the 467 species observed, 24 were completely new species. Normally when there's talk of finding a whole bunch of new species, we're talking insects. Not this time. Dung beetles and ants are only part of a picture that includes purple frogs and armored catfish -- which is not a new discovery, but rather a species previously believed extinct. This is huge -- it's like a mini, land-based Galapagos.
So now all we need is a name for our mascot. It will temporarily be known as Phil Jr. until somebody comes up with something catchier.
UPDATE FROM STEPHEN: