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Stunning 'Cocoa' Frogs Are Just One Of 60 New Species Found In Rainforest Survey [PHOTOS]

The cocoa frog and poison dart frog were found along with numerous other new species like a tiny dung beetle and catfish when researchers of the Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) spent three weeks in Suriname’s pristine rainforests in South America in 2012.

There were 60 species reported by the research team as potentially new to science.

You can read more about the species below and expedition in RAP Director Dr. Trond Larsen’s recent blog.

Potentially New Species

Cocoa Frog (Hypsiboas)

Cocoa frog

Stuart V Nielsen

Cocoa frog

Catfish (Parotocinclus sp.)


Katydid (Pseudophyllinae: Teleutini)


Lilliputian Beetle (Canthidium)

Liliputian beetle

Poison Dart Frog (Anomaloglossus sp.)

Poison dart frog

Snouted Tree Frog (Scinax sp.)

Snouted tree frog

Head-And-Taillight Tetra (Hemigrammus aff. ocellifer)

Tetra fish

Water Beetle (New Genus)

Water beetle andrew short

Known Species

They also found numerous known species …

Katydid (Copiphora longicauda)

(Copiphora longicauda) Katydid

Piotr Naskrecki

Dung Beetle (Coprophanaeus Lancifer)

Coprophanaeus lancifer

Delicate Slender Opossum (Marmosops parvidens)

Delicate Slender Opossum (Marmosops parvidens)

False coral snake (Erythrolamprus Aesculpi)

False coral snake (Erythrolamprus aesculpi)

Fruit Eating Bat (Artibeus Planirostris)

Fruit eating Bat (Artibeus planirostris)

Wolf Spider Eating A Poison Dart Frog

Wolf Spider poison dart frog

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