Otherworldly ‘Lord of the Rings’ frog discovered in mountains of Ecuador

Scientists in Ecuador have discovered a newly discovered brook species frog with pale pink eyes and gold flecked toes that look like they came straight out of Middle-earth. That’s why the scientists who discovered it gave it its name Hyloscirtus tolkieni after JRR Tolkien, the author of the books “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings”.

“The new species of frog has wonderful colors and seems to live in a universe of fantasy, as created by Tolkien.” Diego F. Cisneros-Heredia (opens in a new tab)director of the Museum of Zoology of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) and assistant researcher at the National Institute of Biodiversity in Ecuador, said in a statement (opens in a new tab).

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