A new species of tree frogs have been discovered.

New species of amphibian discovered after 100 years

New species of amphibian discovered after 100 years

After 20 years of painstaking research, Andrew Gray - the Curator of Herpetology at the Manchester Museum - identified a remarkable new breed of the woodland-loving amphibian named Sylvia's Tree Frog, after his three-year-old granddaughter.

Andrew said: ''It's remarkable that such a distinctive new species has remained undetected for so long.

''However, more importantly, this work highlights that an assessment of the conservation needs for each species is urgently required to ensure these amazing creatures are still around in another 100 years.''

The colourful creature has been racking zoologist's brains for nearly 100 years, and after 20 years of research by the Manchester Museum, the croaker has proved research is still critical to making these findings.

The museum's director, Esme Ward said: ''This multi-disciplined research highlights the importance of museum collections, where both live and historical specimens are aiding current taxonomy to make a real difference in shaping the future of wildlife conservation.

''It's a real privilege to be maintaining such rare frogs in our collection and supporting amphibian conservation around the planet.''