Since its debut in the 1955 television show, Sam and Friends, Kermit the Frog has remained one of the most beloved, and quite possibly the most famous, Muppet character created by Jim Henson. Known for his trademarked catchphrase, “Hi-ho, Kermit the Frog here!”, this adorable amphibian puppet has been featured in a number of shows and movies, including Sesame Street, The Muppet Show as well as The Muppet Movie. Recently, scientists, working in Costa Rica, have come upon a hitherto-unknown species of glass frog, that actually looks like a real-life version of Kermit!
Endemic to specific regions in Central and South America, glass frogs are distinguished by the translucent, glass-like skin of their underbelly, through which their internal organs are clearly visible. Despite its tiny surface area, Costa Rica is currently home to 14 different species of glass frogs. The new species is entirely unique, in terms of its physical characteristics, such as skin color and texture; genetic distance and distinct “whistle-like” mating call. Discovered by Brian Kubicki and his colleagues, in the Cordillera de Talamanca mountain range, the Kermit-lookalike has been christened “Diane’s Bare-hearted Glassfrog”, after Kubicki’s mother, Janet Diane Kubicki.
All the six specimens of the Caribbean amphibian, a.k.a. Hyalinobatrachium dianae, are currently being studied by experts. According to Kubicki, the founder and chief member of the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center, the discovery is significant, because it serves as a valuable indicator of the eco-system’s general health. What does Kermit have to say about all this? In a recent interview with Oh My Disney, he said:
Shorten your name if you want to make it in show business. Maybe something catchy like Diane Glass or Kermina Kardashian.
With regard to the similarity in appearance, he was reported saying:
Googly eyes run in our family… It’s almost like you’re invisible, which might come in handy around Miss Piggy.