The Fluorescent Purple Atelopus Frog

Just discovered by scientists in 2006, the psychedelic purple fluorescent frog of the genus Atelopus (also commonly called Purple Harlequin Toad) hails from Central and South America. The discovery occurred during a follow-up survey of the Nassau plateau in Suriname, a country on the northeastern Atlantic coast of South America.

The skin of this gorgeous two-tone frog is covered with irregular fluorescent lavender loops, on an eggplant-colored background.

The Conservation International, a nonprofit environmental organization headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, warns that the Atelopus Frog may be threatened by illegal gold mining.

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