Meet Atelopus coynei, a “harlequin frog” from the Andean rainforests of Ecuador. And yes, it’s named after me. I discussed this frog earlier on this website, and told the story of how my late friend Ken Miyata and I found it, but until yesterday I didn’t know of any photos. Now, thanks to David Blackburn at the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute of the University of Kansas, this lacuna is filled. My frog is an attractive beast, swirled with bright green and chocolate brown.
Sadly, A. coynei may be no more. It is on the IUCN’s red list of species, and is listed as “critically endangered.” It hasn’t been seen since 1984 and, given the pace of deforestation in western Ecuador and the spread of the amphibian-killing fungal disease chytridiomycosis, may well be extinct. That would put me in the sad position of having as my eponymous animal an ex-frog, bereft of life, who has ceased to be.