New frog species named after Led Zeppelin

Species was discovered in the Andes Mountains

Scientists are giving Led Zeppelin a “Whole Lotta Love” by naming a new specifies of frog after them. The Pristimantis ledzeppelin, or Led Zeppelin’s rain frog, was discovered by David Brito-Zapata and Carolina Reyes-Puig during a trip across The Cordillera del Cóndor, a mountain chain with a rugged topography, located in southeast Ecuador and north Peru, just east of the main body of the eastern Andes.

The small frog are described a yellowish-cream color with distinctive brownish-black marks and/or orange irregular blotches with and coppery red eyes. They are one of 28 species discovered in the area over the past two years.

“The name honors Led Zeppelin and their extraordinary music,” Brito-Zapata and Reyes-Puig write in the report about the species. “Led Zeppelin was a British rock band formed in London in 1968, one of the most influential bands throughout the 1970s, and progenitors of both hard rock and heavy metal.”

Pristimantis ledzeppelin is only known to reside in the Comunidad Río Blanco, Cordillera del Cóndor, Cantón Paquisha, province of Zamora Chinchipe, Ecuador. All specimens were found on shrub vegetation surrounding streams inside mature forest, where they perched on bush leaves above the water.

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