The grandfather and the frog

A zoologist who just identified a new species of frog has named it after his three-year-old granddaughter, Sylvia.

“It’s a biologist’s dream to actually be able to name a species,” said Andrew Gray, 54, in a recent interview with the BBC. “And to be able to find such a beautiful frog and to be able to name it after my granddaughter, is absolutely … I’m not sleeping at night over this ’cause it’s absolutely amazing, it really is.”

The green, yellow, and orange amphibian that’s now called Sylvia’s Tree Frog has actually been known to science for 100 years, but it had previously been considered a variation of the Splendid Tree Frog. After 20 years of painstaking research at the University of Manchester, Gray has proved that it is a separate species.

“It’s a really big species with bright colors which I think she likes,” Gray told the Daily Mail. “She was a bit taken aback.”

Despite her tender age, Sylvia already knows a lot about frogs and other animals, and she’s excited about them just like her grandpa was as a kid, he says.

Both the Splendid Tree Frog (Cruziohyla calcarifer) and Sylvia’s Tree Frog (Cruziohyla sylviae) inhabit Latin America and are critically endangered.