Hula Painted Frog Rediscovered in Israel After Being Declared Extinct in 1996

Posted on June 4, 2013

Hula Painted Frog

The Hula painted frog has been rediscovered in Israel. The frog was the first amphibian officially declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 1996. It was first discovered in the Hula Valley of Israel in the early 1940s and was then thought to have disappeared following the drying up of the Hula Lake at the end of the 1950s.

The scientists say the Hula painted frog is a unique "living fossil" with no close relatives among other living frogs. They say this frog is not merely another rare species of frog, but the sole representative of an ancient clade of frogs.

A report on the Hula painted from comeback was published in Nature Communications.

Photo: Sarig Gafny

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