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Newly-Discovered Frog Named after Ozzy Osbourne

(Photos: Pedro Peloso/National Geographic and Alberto Cabello)

"As soon as I heard its call, I knew it was a new species. I had never heard anything like it." Many people have said that about British heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne, but Pedro Peloso, a doctoral student at the American Museum of Natural History, was referring to a frog.

Peloso discovered the frog while researching amphibians in the Brazilian Amazon. National Geographic says that the Dendropsophus ozzyi has a very large vocal sac that produces an unusual sound to summon females.

That mating call is reminiscent of a bat. During a concert in 1982, Ozzy Osbourne bit off the head of a live bat while on stage. This incident inspired Peloso and his colleages to name the frog in his honor.


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