Russian team finds two new frogs in central Vietnam

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Russian scientists have documented two new frog species in central Vietnam, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported Saturday.
One frog was named Kalophrynus cryptophonus meaning a frog with mysterious sounds in Greek language.
Its strange calls were noticed the Central Highlands town Bao Loc near Da Lat. After identifying its unique call, it took the scientists two weeks to catch the toad in a bamboo tube at 800 meters above sea-level.
The other was named Kalophrynus honbaensis after the Hon Ba nature reserve near Nha Trang where it was found. The species lives in jungles at 1,500 meters above sea-level.
Scientists said the two look similar to Kalophrynus interlineatus, the spotted narrow-mouthed frog popular in Southeast Asian.
Phung My Trung, an independent wildlife researcher, said the discoveries increase the number of species under Kalophrynus genus in Vietnam to three and prove it a country with high biodiversity.
“Government agencies need to pay more attention to protecting that biodiversity,” he said.
Trung manages the website www.vncreatures.net dedicated to wild flora and fauna in Vietnam.

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