New species named after DAO which funds conservation


DAO Glass Frog: A decentralized self-governing organization that protects the rainforest has a recently discovered frog named after him.

Several thousand acres of pristine cloud forest in the Choco bioregion in northwest Ecuador have been preserved. This is thanks to the Rainforest Trust, alongside Ecuadorian partner Fundacion Ecominga.

The cloud forest is a hotspot for its diversity of orchids and amphibians. Expeditions found and described several new species. The most interesting is a new glass frog.

Even better, the new frog species was named after the blockchain-based organization. Called Nouns DAO, the organization has helped fund conservation work.

Juan Manuel Guayasamin spotted the glass frog for the first time Names in hyalinobatrachium in 2012. He was sitting on a leaf above a stream. Froggie was singing in frog language. Guayasamin thought the frog might be the Hyalinobatrachium valerioi. But after a DNA check, he found genetic differences and the frog was declared a separate species.

Glass frogs are known for their transparent skin. Anyone can see the inner workings of the animal. It is believed to be a type of camouflage, and it works well when the frog is on the leaves. Predators see directly through the frog, as if it were invisible.

Credit: James Culebras.

Glass Frog and DAO Names

Nouns DAO (a Decentralized Autonomous Organization) is an NFT project on the Ethereum blockchain. A work of art by Noun is auctioned every day. DAOs are a place where blockchain natives come together to pool funds. With these shared funds, they can carry out a mission. But this is not done using a traditional hierarchy. DAOs vote on decisions through a democratic process. All of this is aided by blockchain technology.

glass frog named after DAO conservation

Members use their Ethereum addresses as personal identifiers. They can submit and vote on ideas they have for funding projects. Some members of Nouns choose to remain anonymous. Some are vocal.

Noun 53 states: “Members of Nouns DAO recognize the importance of biodiversity and its protection. Naming this frog is just one of the many ways we have demonstrated our collective commitment and passion for nature and its conservation.

glass frog named after DAO conservation
Credit: James Culebras.

Rainforest Trust CEO James Deutsch said: “Frogs are particularly vulnerable to habitat loss and degradation due to development and climate change. Nouns DAO’s support for our habitat protection work in Ecuador with Fundacion Ecominga will protect this new species and many other endangered species found here.

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