Splendid Web-Footed Salamander
Only a single specimen of the splendid web-footed salamander (Bolitoglossa splendida) has ever been seen. It was found in the remote mountains of Costa Rica, reachable only by several days’ hiking. Eduardo Boza-Oviedo, of the University of Costa Rica, San Pedro, led the discovery. Biologist David Wake, a colleague of Boza-Oviedo, described it as having a glossy black body with “a Heinz tomato-red back and Heinz mustard-yellow spot.” DNA sequencing analysis confirmed it as a new species.
Image: Eduardo Boza-Oviedo