Apr 12, 2007

Need to Narrow It Down

Chrissie sent me this photo, and I need some herpatology help. What is this glistening, bloated frog? There are roughly 4,740 species of frog in the world, so I'd have a hard time narrowing it down.

UPDATE: Looks like Julia, Silena, and bats have all identified this frog as
Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis, or the purple frog from India. Thanks all!

12 comments:

Julia said...

Looks like Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis to me, a species discovered recently in India.

jade said...

That is the coolest looking frog I've ever seen!!!

Nule said...

I sneezed one time and one of those totally came out my nose!

Jack Ruttan said...

Looks like one of those old 40s Chryslers, or maybe something British.

Anonymous said...

Frugly.

Angela said...

Solo! Hay lapa no ya, Solo! [/Jabba the Hutt] :D

Denita TwoDragons said...

Its face looks like a melted Cabbage Patch doll!

--TwoDragons

bats said...

I think Julia's hit the nail on the head (or the frog on the nose). Googling the scientific name comes up with several photos that show a frog very similar to this. It is also known as a "purple frog." One site describes it: "The blackish-purple living fossil looks like a bloated doughnut with stubby legs and a pointy snout."
Never seen a pointy-snouted frog before (which is pretty much what the generic name means). I wonder how you say "doughnut" in Greek.
Damn, that's ugly.

Arachnophile said...

My roomate's pet frog looked like that just before it died. Bloating can be a real b*tch for an amphibian that takes water-retention to a whole new level.

I'm happy that's the healthy look for this primative frogeh.

Arachnophile said...

oh, and this is TOTALLY crying for a "Separated at Birth" celeb-shot. Any ideas? I'm thinking of a certain cigar-smoking conservative radio mouth-piece?

Raging Wombat said...

Love the jabba comment!

Danielle Lea said...

That is the oddest face I've ever seen on a frog.

I've never seen anything like this!