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Arise Hyloscirtus princecharlesi, frog named after Prince Charles

Conservation organization Amphibian Ark decided to name the new species after Prince Charles in recognition of his efforts to save the rainforest.
Credit: Amphibian Ark

It's usually a frog that turns into a prince, but this time, it's the prince that's become a frog. Specifically, the Hyloscirtus princecharlesi, or Prince Charles stream tree frog. 

The species is native to the rainforests of Ecuador, according to the BBC.

It was first identified from museum specimens four years ago. A recent expedition to the Cotacachi-Cayapas National Park collected the first known living examples, two of which are now being raised by the Amphibian Ark conservation project in the hopes of boosting the population.

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The organization decided to give it its royal title in honor of Prince Charles's conservation work, the UK Press Association said: a long-time campaigner for the preservation of the rainforests (see video below), he set up the Prince's Rainforest Project in 2007 to help discourage deforestation.

"It's fairly unusual to name a new species after someone, but this is seen as something special in honor of the Prince," a spokesman for Amphibian Ark told the UKPA.

Other famous figures have less reason to be flattered by their namesakes, however.

A species of hairy-chested yeti crab discovered in the southern Pacific was quickly nicknamed "The Hoff" because of its resemblance to legendarily hirsute actor David Hasselhoff; while bootylicious Beyonce Knowles had a horse fly named after her due to its ample golden rear.

According to Live Science, there are also slime-mold beetles that bear the names of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld/

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