Filipino scientists lauded for new discoveries in Mindanao

Filipino scientists made discoveries of a lifetime — a rare frog thought to be extinct and a new species of lipstick vine in Mindanao.

United States Agency for International Development announced these feats on its Facebook page.

The post read, “Deep in the forests of Busa mountain range in southern Mindanao, Kier Mitchel Pitogo and Aljohn Jay Saavedra rediscovered Guttman’s stream frog—an amphibian so rare, it was thought to be extinct for decades since it was first recorded.”

The species was first discovered by American herpetologist Rafe Brown in 1993 while on fieldwork on Mt. Busa on the border of South Cotabato and Sarangani provinces.

Meanwhile, another Filipino scientist discovered a new plant species in Tawi-Tawi.

USAID announced, ” Shiella Mae Olimpos found a new species of lipstick vine in the forests of Panglima Sugala while doing a botanical survey as part of a field expedition to study Sulu hornbills.”

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