Scientists have discovered a new kind of tree frog in New Guinea that has an odd, pointy nose. Because of this feature, it’s been called the northern Pinocchio frog.
“What is particularly striking is that it is erectile,” said Paul Oliver, a herpetologist at the Queensland Museum and Griffith University in Australia for National Geographic. “At times it sticks out quite straight, while at other times it droops downward. So, they are pretty elaborate structures that must have some purpose.”
Oliver suspects that such a unique nose could be the frog’s way to identify the species among 450 other frog species that live in the forests. “But the truth is, like so much in biology, we don’t really know,” he said.