Words by Jesse Serwer—
Scientists conducting research in a region of southeastern Suriname with “virtually no human influence” recently returned with evidence of 60 species previously unknown to science. Among them were a chocolate-colored toad dubbed the “cocoa frog” (see above), as well as 11 new species of fish, one new snake and five other types of frog. It’s not the only time in the last few years researchers from Conservation International have returned from Suriname with a list of new discoveries. A 2010 journey yielded 46 new species. A 2006 trek brought this stunning, fluorescent purple-hued frog to the scientists’—and the media’s—attention.