New frog species named after rock band Led Zeppelin

A group of zoologists from the University of San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador has discovered a new endemic species of rain frog Pristimantis in the Andes and named it after the British rock band Led Zeppelin.

“Named after Led Zeppelin and their unusual music, it is a British rock band formed in London in 1968, one of the most influential bands throughout the 1970s and the progenitor of both hard rock and heavy metal,” the article says.

The little frog, which can grow to 3.6 centimeters in length, can be recognized by its copper-red eyes and multicolored yellow, brown, black and orange skin.

Pristimantis ledzeppelin was found in the mountain forests of the Cordillera del Condor region of southeastern Ecuador. In recent years, several species of endemic – living only in this area – amphibians have been discovered there. In their work, zoologists have identified this ecoregion in the tropical Andes as one of the most vulnerable in the world. The wildlife here is threatened by expanding agriculture, logging and mining in numerous concession areas.

New frog species named after rock band Led Zeppelin

“In Pristimantis ledzeppelin habitat, we can observe cattle ranching, timber extraction, small-scale mining, which is likely to become more active as the area is under a mining concession from a multinational company,” the scientists said.

In the conclusions of their report, zoologists called for the consideration of new long-term initiatives to conserve small vertebrates in the Cordillera del Condor region, since a number of the new species described are likely to inhabit only this limited area.