WASHINGTON — Scientists from the Smithsonian working with an amphibian rescue project have hatched a newly discovered poison dart frog species for the first time in captivity.

The tiny dart frog species was collected and described by scientists for the first time last year in Panama. Scientists collected two adult frogs and simulated their breeding conditions at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. When the frogs laid an egg, scientists moved it to a petri dish and hatched a tadpole. It grew in a cup of water to become a froglet after 75 days.

The Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project works to breed endangered frogs to save them from a fast-spreading fungus in Central America.

Scientists aren’t sure whether these frogs are susceptible to the deadly chytrid (KIH-trid) fungus.

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