New “Ozzy Osbourne” frog discovered in the Brazilian Amazon

New “Ozzy Osbourne” frog discovered in the Brazilian Amazon

The first animal that pops into your mind when you think of Ozzy Osbourne most likely isn’t a frog. Instead, you’d probably think of a bat, right? A team of scientists had a similar though too, which is why when they discovered a new species of frog that mimics the sounds that bats make, they decided to name it after the legendary rock star.

According to Loudwire, the new species was discovered by Pedro Peloso and a group of colleagues during a month-long expedition into the Brazilian Amazon back in 2009. Referred to as the Bat Frog, the creature’s official scientific name is Dendropsophus ozzyi, as detailed in the journal Zootaxa.

The tiny tree frog emits a unique and highly unusual bat-like call, which was an immediate giveaway to the group of scientists that the species was unknown to science. Peloso said that he has “never heard anything like it” and, being avid fans of Black Sabbath, decided to name the two-centimeter-long species after the band’s lead singer, Ozzy Osbourne.

The new species was discovered in the Floresta Nacional de Pau-Rosa area of the Brazilian Amazon. Almost two dozen specimens were collected from three different areas, which suggests that the animal is probably common and widespread. Considering how well-explored the region is, it serves as a reminder of just how rich in biodiversity the Amazon Rainforest is.

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