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Tue Mar 24, 2015, 05:27 PM

How cool is this? Frog species that can change shape discovered by local researchers (photos)

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/03/frog_species_discovered_by_loc.html

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A local graduate student and her husband have found a shape-shifting frog in Ecuador that changes its skin texture from spikey to smooth in mere minutes.

It is believed to be the first vertebrate identified that can do that, said Katherine Krynak, who is working toward a PhD in biology at Case Western Reserve University.

The new critter is called Pristimantis mutabilis (mutable rain frog) but Katherine and Tim Krynak call it punk rocker frog because of the spiked texture that it can present.

Tim, a project manager with the Cleveland Metroparks, said they first encountered the marble-sized amphibian in 2006 when they walked the trails of the Andean cloud forest in Ecuador.

"We were trying to document species of amphibians and saw the frog sitting on a moss-covered leaf," Tim said. "We took a photo of the small frog, but it wasn't until the photograph was enlarged on the computer that we could tell this frog was very different."

On a 2009 trip, they found what appeared to be the same species. "Katherine grabbed it and put it in a cup with a lid so we could take a picture later," he said.

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 05:36 PM

1. Way wonderful beyond...

..awesome cool is how cool this is!

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 06:03 PM

2. Completely cool!

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2015, 11:19 AM

3. Ain't nothing

I went from a smooth, muscular, 6 pack teenage buck to a lumpy, doughy old fart in 5 decades.

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Response to packman (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 05:27 PM

7. From six pack to keg. n/t

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2015, 12:24 PM

4. A Real live Shapeshifter !! How cool is that ?! K&R

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2015, 01:49 PM

5. I can change shapes, too. I didn't always have this gut.



Cool frog!

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2015, 03:35 PM

6. Wait until you see what a cuttlefish can do.





Or the octopus:

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