cocoa frog

Cocoa frog (Hypsiboas sp)

Discovered at an expedition of scientists who spent three weeks in 2012 exploring an area of rivers, mountains and rainforest in the south-eastern region of Suriname that has “virtually no human influence”, this little fellow was one of 60 new species that were discovered. It lives on trees, using the round discs on its fingers and toes to climb. Not much is known about it so far.


The cocoa frog is one of six new frog species that were recently found in a rainforest-dominated mountainous region of southeastern Suriname.

“At a time when so many frog species are declining and undergoing extinctions worldwide, it is particularly uplifting to discover so many new frogs in a single area,” Trond Larsen, a tropical ecologist and director of the Rapid Assessment Program at Conservation International, told Discovery News.

He and his team found about 60 new species in the South American country.