New “Bat Frog” Named for Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne

A new tree frog who makes a shrill call like a bat has been discovered in the Brazilian Amazon. Scientists found the frog, who measures less than an inch, during a 2009 expedition. "As soon as I heard its call, I knew it was a new species. I had never heard anything like it," said Pedro Peloso, one of the scientists who found the frog. When the research team brought it back to the lab, their discussion of the bat-like call led to talk of how they were fans of Ozzy Osbourne. The musician had an incident with a bat that was thrown onstage by a fan at a Black Sabbath concert in 1981, and it led them to name the bat for him. Peloso named the frog Dendropsophus ozzyi. He believes the frog is widely distributed in the Amazon but is hard to spot. It’s described it in the journal Zootaxa. — Read it at National Geographic


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