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This new frog species coughs instead of croaks

The recently discovered Atlantic Coast leopard frog, a.k.a. the Rana kauffeldi, has been spotted everywhere from Connecticut to North Carolina. The new species has one particularly distinctive feature: It emits coughs instead of croaks.

Researchers from Rutgers University describe the new frog in the journal PLOS One. The species is named in honor of Carl Kauffeld, an ecologist who claimed to have found the species in 1937, though its existence wasn't recognized until now.

Check out the Atlantic Coast leopard frog coughing in the video below. --Meghan DeMaria